2019 Spring Commencement

Stopher Gymnasium - Saturday, May 18, 2019

9 a.m. • Colleges of Arts and Sciences

Noon • Colleges of Business Administration and Nursing

3 p.m. • College of Education and Behavioral Sciences
and the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute


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.


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Dr. Craig Walker, Commencement Speaker

Nicholls alum and world-renowned interventional cardiologist Dr. Craig Walker will serve as the keynote speaker for the 104th Commencement at Nicholls State University. 

A native of Bourg and graduate of South Terrebonne High School, Dr. Walker finished his undergraduate degree at Nicholls in just two years. He earned his doctorate from the LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans and completed his residency at Lafayette Charity Hospital. He was awarded fellowships at Ochsner Foundation Hospital in New Orleans and at Harvard Medical School.

“A college degree represents a true accomplishment, but it is just the beginning of a lifetime of learning,” said Dr. Wallker. “I’m proud to serve as the commencement speaker at my alma mater.” 

He returned to the Bayou Region in 1983 when he opened the Houma Heart Clinic. At the time, he was the clinic’s only employee. But 35 years later, the Cardiovascular Institute of the South has 19 locations and 60 physicians. 

More than just a surgeon, Dr. Walker also founded the esteemed international conference, New Cardiovascular Horizons to discuss innovations and advancement in the cardiovascular field.

Outside of the clinic, he has also published a heart-healthy cookbook with Chef John Folse, titled “Something Old & Something New, Louisiana Cooking With a Change of Heart.”

For his contributions to the field of medicine, Dr. Walker will be awarded an honorary doctorate from Nicholls during the commencement ceremony.