NICHOLLS AWARDS 583 DEGREES
THIBODAUX — During its Dec. 15 commencement exercises, Nicholls State University awarded 583 degrees to students who completed their coursework in the summer and fall semesters.
Among the students were five summa cum laude graduates, who earned cumulative grade point averages of 3.9 or higher. They include Kandace Alexander, general studies major from Houma; Denise Badgerow, finance major from Houma; Yvette Barbier, culinary arts major from Baton Rouge; Amanda Deadmond, biology (pre-medicine/pre-dentistry) major from Slidell; and Ryan Smith, history major from Larose. Barbier and Deadmond also received the President’s Medal of Honor, which recognizes a perfect 4.0 grade point average.
During the morning’s commencement exercises, Nicholls awarded an honorary Doctor of Commerce to Michael Voisin, owner and CEO of Motivatit Seafoods. U.S. District Court Judge Jane Triche Milazzo, a 1977 Nicholls alumna, delivered the keynote address at both ceremonies.
A complete list of graduates is downloadable here (xlsx). Academic honors are noted. Students graduating magna cum laude earned a GPA of 3.7 to 3.899, and cum laude honorees earned a GPA of 3.5 to 3.699.
CUTLINE: Pictured from left are summa cum laude graduates Ryan Smith, history major from Larose; Amanda Deadmond, biology (pre-medicine/pre-dentistry) major from Slidell; Yvette Barbier, culinary arts major from Baton Rouge; Kandace Alexander, general studies major from Houma; and Dr. Stephen T. Hulbert, university president. Not pictured is summa cum laude graduate Denise Badgerow, finance major from Houma. To graduate summa cum laude, students must earn a cumulative GPA of 3.9 or higher.
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THIBODAUX — Nicholls State University will award approximately 650 degrees during its fall commencement Saturday, Dec. 15, in Stopher Gymnasium.
Ceremonies will begin at 10 a.m. for College of Arts and Sciences, College of Nursing and Allied Health and University College graduates and at 2 p.m. for College of Business Administration and College of Education graduates.
U.S. District Court Judge Jane Triche Milazzo, a 1977 Nicholls alumna, will deliver the keynote address at both ceremonies. After teaching elementary school for several years, Milazzo earned her law degree from Louisiana State University and went into private practice with her family’s business, the Law Offices of Risley Triche. In 2008, she became the first woman elected to the 23rd Judicial District Court. Milazzo has served as a U.S. District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana since October 2011 and is a member of the New Orleans Federal Bar Association’s board of directors.
During the morning ceremony, Nicholls will also award an honorary Doctor of Commerce to Michael Voisin, owner and CEO of Motivatit Seafoods. Through his nationally recognized seafood company in Houma, Voisin has been active in Louisiana seafood initiatives and has become an industry leader, working closely with academics, local and state legislators, governors, congressional members and White House officials. He has served as president of the Louisiana Oyster Dealers and Growers Association, chairman of the board of the National Fisheries Institute and president of the Houma-Terrebonne Chamber of Commerce. On the Nicholls campus, Voisin is a present or past member of the College of Business Advisory Board, the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute, the LUMCON Board of Trustees and the Institute for Seafood Studies. Throughout his career, he has worked tirelessly for Louisiana fishermen and women, especially for those within the region Nicholls serves.