2018 Fall Commencement
The Nicholls Graduation Commencement Ceremonies are typically held twice a year after the Fall and Spring semesters. It’s an exciting time for our graduates and their families. Please review the following information to make this an enjoyable commencement journey for graduates and their families.
Charlotte Bollinger, Commencement Speaker
Charlotte Bollinger, the executive vice president and corporate secretary of Bollinger Shipyards, will be the commencement speaker for the Nicholls 103rd Commencement.
Bollinger has devoted her life to education and family. The former teacher joined her brother Donald “Boysie” Bollinger in running the family business in 1984. Since that time, Bollinger Shipyards has grown into one of the premiere shipbuilders and repairers for military and commercial vessels in the country.
Bollinger has remained an active advocate for education. She served on the Louisiana Board of Regents after being appointed by Gov. Bobby Jindal and also served on Gov. Buddy Roemer’s School-to-Work task force. She is a former president of the Lafourche Education Foundation and previously served as the chairwoman of the board for the New Orleans Ballet Association.
She has long recognized the value of Nicholls State University to the Bayou Region. Along with Boysie and sister Andrea, they donated the first $1 million endowment in Nicholls history in 1997. Recently, Bollinger donated to renovate the Cotillion Ballroom in the Donald Bollinger Student Union.
Bollinger also serves on the board of directors for the La 1 Coalition and the executive committee for coastal nonprofit, Restore or Retreat.
In 1999, she was elected to the Louisiana Center for Women in Government Hall of Fame.