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Nicholls awards diplomas to record number of graduates

THIBODAUX – Nicholls State University held commencement exercises Saturday, May 23, awarding more than 530 degrees to students completing coursework during the spring semester. With 608 degrees having been awarded in fall 2008, the spring 2009 commencement marked the first time Nicholls has awarded more than 1,100 degrees in a single academic year. The previous record was 1,067 – attained in 2003-04.

Ten baccalaureate graduates earned degrees with the highest academic honors, summa cum laude, at Nicholls State University’s spring 2009 commencement ceremonies. Pictured from left on the top row are E.D. White High School graduate Christopher Joseph Monier, an English major; Morgan City High School graduate Shawn Elizabeth Verdin, a sociology major; Central Lafourche High School graduate Jacob Matthew Loupe, a biology major concentrating in pre-medicine/pre-dentistry; and E.D. White High School graduate Ross J. Thibodaux, a biology major concentrating in pre-medicine/pre-dentistry. Pictured from left on the bottom row are Dr. Stephen T. Hulbert, university president; Grand Isle High School graduate Jondell Rachelle Lafont, a psychology major; H.L. Bourgeois High School graduate Brandon Michael Gil, a biology major concentrating in pre-medicine/pre-dentistry; and Assumption High School graduate Heather Anita Simoneaux, an English education major. Not pictured are Central Lafourche High School graduate Claire Renee Bollinger, a business administration major; Edith Stein Real High School graduate Christina M. Ebbert, a nursing major; and Morgan City High School graduate Megan McManus Leonard, a communicative disorders graduate.

Summa cum laude graduates, pictured from left on the top row, are Christopher Joseph Monier, Shawn Elizabeth Verdin, Jacob Matthew Loupe and Ross J. Thibodaux. Pictured from left on the bottom row are Dr. Stephen T. Hulbert, university president; Jondell Rachelle Lafont; Brandon Michael Gil; and Heather Anita Simoneaux. Not pictured are Renee Bollinger, Christina M. Ebbert, and Megan McManus Leonard.

The degrees awarded on Saturday were conferred and presented by Dr. Stephen T. Hulbert, university president. The Hon. Yvette Kane, 1973 Nicholls graduate and chief judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, delivered the keynote address.

Ten baccalaureate graduates earned degrees with the highest academic honors, summa cum laude. They are Central Lafourche High School graduate Claire Renee Bollinger, a business administration major; Edith Stein Real High School graduate Christina M. Ebbert, a nursing major; H.L. Bourgeois High School graduate Brandon Michael Gil, a biology major concentrating in pre-medicine/pre-dentistry; Grand Isle High School graduate Jondell Rachelle Lafont, a psychology major; Morgan City High School graduate Megan McManus Leonard, a communicative disorders graduate; Central Lafourche High School graduate Jacob Matthew Loupe, a biology major concentrating in pre-medicine/pre-dentistry; E.D. White High School graduate Christopher Joseph Monier, an English major; Assumption High School graduate Heather Anita Simoneaux, an English education major; E.D. White High School graduate Ross J. Thibodaux, a biology major concentrating in pre-medicine/pre-dentistry; and Morgan City High School graduate Shawn Elizabeth Verdin, a sociology major.

The graduates are listed by current parish of residence and degree, with academic honors included. Summa cum laude indicates the student earned a cumulative GPA of 3.9 or higher. Magna cum laude graduates, those with a 3.700 to 3.899 GPA, and cum laude honorees, those earning between a 3.5 and 3.699 GPA, are also designated. The graduates are as follows:

ASCENSION

ASSOCIATE’S DEGREES

Ebony Racquel Brown; Hannah Theresa Eliser;

BACHELOR’S DEGREES

Lauren Elizabeth Cross; Rachel Emma Fontenot; Cynthia Meche Harrell – Cum Laude; James Joseph Hidalgo Jr.; Shawn MacMenamin; Jasman Chase Marks; Lisa Ann Samuels;

MASTER’S DEGREES

Amber Lynne Landry; John Jerome LeBoeuf;

ASSUMPTION

ASSOCIATE’S DEGREES

Tara Rivere Aysen; Jonathan Drew Howell; Kaina James Oliver;

BACHELOR’S DEGREES

Blaire Elizabeth Blanchard; Christina Davis Bonvillain; Kelli Marie Burt; Alisa Renett Dunklin; Trish N. Falcon – Cum Laude; Mikki Michelle Medine; Melba Elizabeth Moton; Rebecca Maria Politz – Cum Laude; Heather Anita Simoneaux – Summa Cum Laude; Ian J. Simoneaux; Kathy Marie Smith; Laurie Lynn Smith; Jared Paul Wells – Cum Laude;

MASTER’S DEGREES

Patti Marie Blanchard;

BEAUREGARD

BACHELOR’S DEGREES

Charles Martin Reed Jr. – Cum Laude;

BOSSIER

BACHELOR’S DEGREES

Christopher Michael Barnes; Erika D. James;

CALCASIEU

BACHELOR’S DEGREES

Thomas Kerrie Widgeon;

MASTER’S DEGREES

Claire Reneé Barry;

EAST BATON ROUGE

ASSOCIATE’S DEGREES

Jacob Lea Pourciau;

BACHELOR’S DEGREES

Adam Wells Brister; Haley Amanda Burkett; Brett A. Cook; Lucy Pierce Kazusky; Christian Joshua Morgan; Christopher James Noble; Jordan D. Spencer; Austin J. Williams; Whitney Michelle Yarbrough;

MASTER’S DEGREES

Tracey Lynn Broadtman;

EAST FELICIANA

BACHELOR’S DEGREES

Wendell Andrew Thomas;

IBERIA

BACHELOR’S DEGREES

Lauren E. Bourgeois; Hanna Lynne Romero; Shannon N. Lewis Youman;

MASTER’S DEGREES

Racquelle Moniq Derouen-Roberts;

IBERVILLE

ASSOCIATE’S DEGREES

Landon G. Landry; Kip Michael Yarbrough;

JEFFERSON

ASSOCIATE’S DEGREES

Quamlynn Marie Ceasar;

BACHELOR’S DEGREES

Kristina Marie Arntz; Armond Batiste; Brittney Lynn Bernard; Emma Ann Brunet – Magna Cum Laude; Danielle Nichole Fisher – Cum Laude; Ferrin A. J Folkert – Cum Laude; Erica Nicole Francois; Jondell Rachelle Lafont – Summa Cum Laude; Tory Lin Scallan; Megan Elizabeth Villemarette;

MASTER’S DEGREES

Evelyn Mary-Theresa Martin;

JEFFERSON DAVIS

BACHELOR’S DEGREES

Sarah Theresa Menard – Cum Laude; Kayla Newton – Magna Cum Laude;

LAFAYETTE

ASSOCIATE’S DEGREES

Christopher Neal Clark; Christopher Roy Landry; Sean Thibodeaux;

MASTER’S DEGREES

Christopher Dewitt Eubanks;

LAFOURCHE

ASSOCIATE’S DEGREES

Vuong Long Bach; Rebecca Becnel; Kerry John Boudreaux; Callie Therese Chiasson; Laura Nicole Cloutier; Josetta Monique Cunningham; Blair Joseph DeGruise; Jodi Rose Dufrene; Paul William Gautreau; Shannon R. Gonzales; Ashley Ann Griffin; Allison Ann Hebert; Krystal Starr Lagarde; Stacy Harris Mabile; Maya Breaux Ordoyne; David Israel Parks; Amy Lynn Percle; Tate J. Perque; Ryan Luke Pitre; Joshua D. Porter; Roger Dean Portier; Ron Joseph Sapia; Anne Richard Savoie; Magen M. Sevin; Collin Joseph Triche; Farron E. Triche; Leah M. Vizier; Wanda Marie Washington; Myron Derrell Wright;

BACHELOR’S DEGREES

Leah Michelle Abel; Michael Joseph Acosta; Michael Robert Adams; Beau Joseph Albert; Ashton Leigh Andolsek; Lauren Elizabeth Barker; Angelle Francis Baudoin – Cum Laude; Michelle Lynn Becnel – Cum Laude; Elizabeth Marie Bennett; Dustin Paul Benoit; Dusty Louise Benoit; Matthew Joseph Benoit; Krysten Victoria Berger; Brooks Mary Billiot; Jory David Billiot; Gary Joseph Birdsall; Christopher Daniel Blanchard – Cum Laude; Joseph Wesley Blanchard; Claire Renee Bollinger – Summa Cum Laude; Alicia A. Boudreaux – Cum Laude; Christopher J. Boudreaux – Magna Cum Laude; Kali Ann Boudreaux; Sarah Ann Boudreaux; Elizabeth Anne Bourgeois; Leslie Aaron Bourgeois; Amy Elizabeth Braud – Cum Laude; Terika Trinese Britten; Kimberly Marie Broussard – Cum Laude; Nina Claire Broussard; Brittany Leigh Candies; Ladonna Nicole Caston; Melissa Ann Chabert; Dexter Paul Charles; Brett T. Chiasson – Cum Laude; Lori Folse Chiasson; Mitchell John Chiasson; Cullen Ryan Clement – Magna Cum Laude; Kimberly Marie Clement; Benjamin Anthony Comeaux – Cum Laude; Benjamin Lee Daigle; Joseph Eric Daniels; Tessy Felarise Danos; Kimberly Marie Detillier; Laurie A. Domangue – Cum Laude; Carlo Paul Dominique; Douglas Anthony Duet; Don Anthony Falgout; Naomi Chouest Falgout; Jamie Renee Folse – Cum Laude; Adam Michael Foret; Keri Lynn Fremin; Nikki Reed Gaines; Jennalynn Marie Galjour – Cum Laude; Paul William Gautreau; Jenny Lynn Gonzales; Andrew Lee Gray; Aimee Renee Griffin; Emily Maggie Gros; Emily Claire Guidroz; Frank Joseph Guidroz III; Lance Joseph Guidroz; Kira Rae Guidry; Julianne Hanberry – Magna Cum Laude; Unique Marie Hankston; Natalie E. Hargis; Dominique Nicole Harris; Jarvis J. Hebert III; Scott Michael Hebert – Cum Laude; Debra B. Hernandez – Magna Cum Laude; Blaine Michael Hymel; Jeray Michele Jambon – Cum Laude; Amanda Elizabeth Kovar; Kimberly Ann Kraemer; Lauren M. Kraemer; Christy Joanne Lacey; Ashley Marie Landry; Elizabeth C. Landry; Kimberly Lynn Landry; Mandy Lynn Landry; Casey Guidry LeBoeuf; Erin Melissa Ledet; Kayla Ann Ledet; Kristy S. Lee; Corey J. Legendre; Kayla Antoinette Leonard – Magna Cum Laude; Courtney Fields Lichenstein; Nicholas Price Lichenstein; April Lynn Loupe; Jacob Matthew Loupe – Summa Cum Laude; Kristen Elizabeth Lovell; Gabrielle Emelie Martinez; Katrina Ann McDonald; Christopher Joseph Monier – Summa Cum Laude; Caitlin Alexandra Morris – Cum Laude; Alicia Mary Morvant – Cum Laude; Roger Henry Naquin; Jeremy Todd Navarre; Barbara A. Nemes; Eric Michael Ordoyne – Cum Laude; Alma Elizabeth Oubre; Pamela Uzoamaka Owunta; Amanda Lynn Percle; Katie Ledet Peré; Rayven Renee Plaisance; Joshua D. Porter – Cum Laude; Danielle Nicole Richard – Cum Laude; Tiona Charnice Richardson; Crystal Lynn Robichaux – Cum Laude; Jeremy P. Robichaux; Ashley Marie Robinson; Janee Frances Rogers; Ron Joseph Sapia; Ferah M. Savoy; Samantha Stevens Self; Kimberly Ann Sevin – Magna Cum Laude; Amy Elizabeth Shows – Cum Laude; Faith Moore Sorrell; Keenan Christopher Sorrell; Reggie Mathew Stall; Chance Anthony St. Pierre; Eric Joseph Tabor – Cum Laude; Laura June Templet – Cum Laude; James Peter Terrebonne – Cum Laude; Jeremy C. Theriot – Cum Laude; Maegan Elyse Thibodaux; Christopher Barton Torres; Blake Jennifer Toups; Emily Lynn Toups – Cum Laude; Lainey Toups; Theresa Judith Watts; Ashley Elizabeth Webre – Cum Laude; Annie Elizabeth Whitman – Magna Cum Laude; Johnathan Lloyd Wise – Magna Cum Laude; Trina Lorraine Young;

MASTER’S DEGREES

Ashley Toups Alcazar; Sheena Adams Bonadona; Job Michael Champagne; Sherri Marie Daigle – GPA of 4.000; Rae Elizabeth Didier; Aimee E. Franklin – GPA of 4.000; Alicia Babin Knight – GPA of 4.000; Laurie Lynn Larose – GPA of 4.000; Joshua Henry Luft; Erica LeRay Richard – GPA of 4.000; Bobbie Dawn Smith; Ashley Bourgeois Thibodaux; Camye B. Thibodaux; Kathleen A. Timmons;

LIVINGSTON

BACHELOR’S DEGREES

Travis C. Brown;

ORLEANS

ASSOCIATE’S DEGREES

Alexander Clyde Barnes;

BACHELOR’S DEGREES

Alexandra Andreevna Anikina – Cum Laude; Alexander Clyde Barnes; Samantha Lynn Keene Bergeron; Ariell McKinney;

PLAQUEMINES

BACHELOR’S DEGREES

Kristin Charlene Adams; Justin Michael Reppel;

RAPIDES

BACHELOR’S DEGREES

Joshua Keith Sasser;

MASTER’S DEGREES

Chad Andrew Smith;

ST. BERNARD

BACHELOR’S DEGREES

Amy Lynn Vogt;

ST. CHARLES

ASSOCIATE’S DEGREES

Shane Anthony Duhon; David Edwin Ehrmann Jr.; Ricshon Marie Jones; Carrie Lynn Larousse; Michelle Regan Luquette; Tammy Guerrera Toups; Jamie Leblanc Williamson;

BACHELOR’S DEGREES

Nicole Elizabeth Bonneval; Anthea Veltsos Dempster; Jenna L. Dufrene; Christina M. Ebbert – Summa Cum Laude; Blaine Mathew Faucheux – Magna Cum Laude; Kymmra Jordan Gardner; Alan Blake Hackney; Marquita Raychel Hill; Jeremy Paul Laque; Alyssa Mary Matherne – Cum Laude; Tessie Anne Rachal – Magna Cum Laude; Brenda Elizabeth Rodriguez; Lani Marie Roussel – Cum Laude; Kalin Elizabeth Tanner – Cum Laude; Karla Ann Troxler; Ashley Alicia Webre;

MASTER’S DEGREES

Mindy Stanfill Jones;

ST. JAMES

ASSOCIATE’S DEGREES

Jena Elizabeth Copponex; Erin Michelle Joshua; Chris Michael Ockmond;

BACHELOR’S DEGREES

Nicole Katherine Boe – Cum Laude; Kentrisa Reyshawn Butler – Cum Laude; Beau Michael Cazenave; Cody Joseph Falgoust; Tremere Nioami Freeman; Johuan Dontrell Gasery; Heidi Lea Gros; Gabrielle Catherine Kahl; Brandon Paul Keller; Erin Michelle Lacey; Megan A. Oubre; Lance Michael Simon; Barcley J. Steib; Lauren Michelle Tregre; Sawyer John Triche; Irvin Dennis Williams Jr.;

ST. JOHN

BACHELOR’S DEGREES

Lindsey Marie Anderson; Erin Elizabeth Tamplain;

MASTER’S DEGREES

Adam Davis Baird; Nicole Maria Bigham;

ST. MARY

ASSOCIATE’S DEGREES

Michaelyn Ann Accardo; Holly Amanda Arbogast; Jordan Elyse Hotard; Sean D. P Howell; Beau Ryan Landry; Brian Keith Louviere II; Thomas John Mahfouz; Catlin Rhett Plaisance; Tiffany Lynn Verdin-Ratcliff;

BACHELOR’S DEGREES

Adrian Inez Baytop; Jaimie Reid-Mitchel Bergeron; Kristen Nicole Billiot; Christopher Michael Bolano; Chris Michael Broussard; Cory Michael Burgess – Cum Laude; Shannon Topham Comeaux; Brandon Joseph Crappel; Toni A. Darden; Lauren Elizabeth Davis – Cum Laude; Courtney L. Derouen; Callie Flo Dubois; Jenna Michelle Dugas; Thomas Joseph Duplantis – Magna Cum Laude; Jennifer Lynn Gaudet; Gregory Joseph Guarisco; Kenneth Provost Holcomb – Cum Laude; Jordan Elyse Hotard; Brittany Lynn James; Jennifer M. Klutts – Cum Laude; Ashley Lemoine; Megan McManus Leonard – Summa Cum Laude; Jimmy Hung Nguyen; Mai Xuan Nguyen; Phi N. Nguyen; Jennifer Nunez; Judith Breaux Owens; Justin Henry Owens; Christy Lynn Ronsonet; Jeanetta Madison Rudolph; Rachael L. Smith; Jesse Earl Thomas; Christopher Alan Thornton; Shawn Elizabeth Verdin – Summa Cum Laude; Bryan Ray Watkins; Lance Michael Williams;

MASTER’S DEGREES

Kierston Doris Johnson; Andrea Delilah Paul; Jill M. Theriot; Fulton Mitchell Washington III;

ST. TAMMANY

ASSOCIATE’S DEGREES

Amanda Marie Martorelli;

BACHELOR’S DEGREES

Ryan Emile Arceneaux; Erin Elizabeth Ballantyne;

TANGIPAHOA

ASSOCIATE’S DEGREES

Sarah Elenora Giannobile;

BACHELOR’S DEGREES

Nathan Paul Quebedeaux;

TERREBONNE

ASSOCIATE’S DEGREES

Kayla Castille Arceneaux; Debbie L. Bourgeois; Todd J. Brazan; Kory Stevens Breaux; April Dawn B. Chauvin; Aaron James Daigle; Erin Michelle Dupre; Judy Savoie LeBlanc; Matthew Warren Marant; Sean Laurence Moberley; Kate Lynn Naquin; Chase Joseph Petrella; Jillian Triche Phillips; Mandy Lynn Prestenbach; Jeanie N. Songe; Tiffany Ann Swinson; Candice Theresa Talbot; Shanaé Marlena Trahan; Eric Ryan Voisin; April Lawanda Williams; Michele Pontiff Winn;

BACHELOR’S DEGREES

Edward Alexander III; Emmalee Kaye Antill – Cum Laude; Mason James Authement; Heather Jayne Barnhill; Jenny Ann Belanger – Magna Cum Laude; Katrina Marie Billiot; Maneesha Donyell Billizon; Monica Whitney Blanchard; Patrick Allen Blanchard; Patrick Allen Blanchard; Beth Melancon Bonvillain; Caleb John Bourgeois – Cum Laude; Erial Vanet Branch; Brodie Wayne Breaux; Mark John Breaux; Revae Marie Breaux – Cum Laude; Cherri A. Brignac; Thomas C. Browning; Heather Anne Cain; Amber Elizabeth Cancienne; Kayleigh Marie Champagne – Cum Laude; April Dawn B. Chauvin; Katie Elizabeth Chauvin; Christopher E. Childress – Cum Laude; Jermaine Ebony Clark; Erika Price Daigle – Cum Laude; Jennifer Lynn Dehart – Cum Laude; Chelsea Elizabeth Deroche; Mary Lynn Duplantis; Erin Michelle Dupre; Sean Eric Dupree; Kathryn Theresa Ellender; Jennifer Lynn Evans; Calissa Ann Folse; Elizabeth Anita Fonseca – Magna Cum Laude; Andrew Joseph Fontenot; Annette Marie Foret – Cum Laude; Jane Katherine Foret – Magna Cum Laude; Michele Boudwin Foret; Alex John Frazier; Jason Matthew Galjour; Kayla Marie Gengarelly; Casie Maria Giammancheri; Brandon Michael Gil – Summa Cum Laude; Christopher David Giovanni; Megan Marie Graham; Valerie Ann Green; Taylor John Guidry; Tally Hall; Tanya Lynette Hampton; Jamison Tamoine Harris; Wilbert John Hebert; Robyn Ann Himel – Cum Laude; Katherine Lee Ivey; Michael Gerard Johnson; William Russell Johnson; Richard Anthony Jones; Kanika Khapra; Randy Joseph Kuiper; Nicole Marie Lagarde; Lan Thu Lam; Morgan Baxter Reeves Landry; Christina Simone Lapeyrouse; Victoria Marie Lapeyrouse; Monique Anne LeBoeuf; Richard John LeBoeuf; Sheri Lynn LeBouef – Magna Cum Laude; Katie L. LeCompte; Mindy Michelle Ledell; Katy Bourg Ledet; Jovan Dominique Lewis; Shannon Renee Loupe; Matthew Warren Marant; Sheldon Cantral Matthews; Brett Michael Means – Cum Laude; Jennifer Crochet Mohana; Andy Ryan Naquin; Elizabeth Mary Naquin; Laura Beth Navarre; Jill Bergeron Parfait – Cum Laude; Stephen James Piazza – Magna Cum Laude; Jessica Occhionero Pitre; Jennifer Nicole Porche; Brett Willard Portier; Chelsie Marie Portier; Brandi Lynn Rhodes; Dorian Lee Robichaux; Joseph Lee Salter II – Cum Laude; Heather Ann Sheldon; Tammy Lynn Smeal; Jessica René Talbot; Sara Dawn Taylor – Cum Laude; Ross J. Thibodaux – Summa Cum Laude; Christopher Adney Thibodeaux; Patrick Joseph Thompson – Magna Cum Laude; Mengi N. Triggs; Ashley Suzanne Vice; Melissa Lou Victor; Amber Rae Vizena; Amber Michelle Voisin; Sarah E. T Voisin – Magna Cum Laude; Rakitha Monique Volter-Jones; Anderson Wallace Jr.; Julé Robinson Wallis; Belinda A. Walter; Matthew Richardson Whipple; Timmy Miles White; Michele Pontiff Winn; Brittany Ann Young; Angel Marie Ziegler;

MASTER’S DEGREES

Tory Hebert Adkins; Isaac Paul Bourg; LaCest Maretta Campbell – GPA of 4.000; Jennifer Broussard Degruise; Lou J. Estay; Terri Lynn Gary – GPA of 4.000; Cathy Ledet Kohmann; Stacey Lynn LeBouef; Victoria Marie Lovell; Anne Rhodes Lugenbuhl; Joseph Steven Mohana; Kayla Michelle Olivier; Christopher John Ross; Margaret Ann Songe; Shareé Rae Thacker – GPA of 4.000; Jared Paul Toups – GPA of 4.000; Stephanie Mari Whitney;

VERNON

BACHELOR’S DEGREES

Rejané Michelle Sexton;

WEBSTER

BACHELOR’S DEGREES

Chrystal Nicole Davis;

WEST BATON ROUGE

BACHELOR’S DEGREES

Ryan Lee LeJeune;

WINN

BACHELOR’S DEGREES

Sonda A. Brown – Cum Laude;

OUT OF STATE

ASSOCIATE’S DEGREES

Sayuri Conte; Amanda R. Crossland; Russell R. Rebowe Jr.;

BACHELOR’S DEGREES

Ryan Jacob Bathie; Barton Cox Beasley; Evan Michael Christensen – Magna Cum Laude; Jonathan De Avila; Ugochukwu Ezema; Reno Chevelle Fells Jr.; Kindra Lynn Halverson; Josh Patrick Harrington; Dementrius M. Hopson; Leshea Denise Jenkins; Christopher Jay Jones; Sarah Elizabeth Kittrell; La-Nation Jessica McCray; Aimee Denise Miller; Lance Blake Moore; Jacob Edward Parrish; Emiley N. Patton; Alexis Ruth Roker; Phong Hoang Truong; Theunette Van Der Walt – Magna Cum Laude;

MASTER’S DEGREES

Cassius D’souza; David Alberto Gordillo Escalera – GPA of 4.000; Sean M. Jackso; Joel Weiss.

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