Nine out of 10 Nicholls grads stay in Louisiana

THIBODAUX – An overwhelming number of Nicholls State University graduates remain in Louisiana, according to data recently compiled by the Nicholls administration. Of the 9,260 students who graduated between 1998 and 2008, a total of 8,294 have made their home in the Pelican State – 89.6 percent.

“Nicholls is proud to attract and educate students who consistently choose to remain in this great state after earning their degrees,” Dr. Stephen T. Hulbert, university president, said. “This is a comprehensive, four-year, regional university, and our primary mission is to educate the workforce of tomorrow. Certainly we are gratified that such a large portion of our alumni have chosen to remain – especially during these difficult economic times, when Louisiana needs them most.”

One such Nicholls graduate is David Vicknair, a Thibodaux native who earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration in 2007. Upon graduation, Vicknair received offers from several out-of-state law schools, but he chose to attend the College of Law at Loyola University New Orleans.

“I realized, as I was attending Nicholls, that I wasn’t just trying to earn a degree,” Vicknair said. “Nicholls also grounded me in the realization that I should be a part of bolstering Louisiana’s economy.”