Nicholls Alum, State Senator to Give Commencement Speech

Norby Chabert Portrait 2019 (Misty Leigh McElroy/Nicholls State University) 6/12/19

THIBODAUX, La. — State Senator and Nicholls State University alumnus Norbèrt “Norby” Chabert will deliver the keynote speech during the 105th commencement ceremony. 

Graduation will be split into three ceremonies. Graduation ceremonies for the College of Business Administration and the College of Nursing will be at 9 a.m., the College of Liberal Arts and  the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute at noon and the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences and the College of Sciences and Technology at 3 p.m.

Sen. Chabert is finishing a 10-year run as the District 20 State Senator, representing south Lafourche, south Terrebonne and parts of Thibodaux. 

“My message to graduates will be one that conveys what it means to come from where we do, endure what we endure along the coast and how the Nicholls experience fully prepares us for success in the next chapter of our lives,” Chabert said. 

Chabert graduated from Nicholls with a degree in government in 2001. The Bayou Petite Caillou native was elected to represent District 20 in the Louisiana State Senate in 2009. The district had been previously held by his father, Leonard Chabert, and brother, Marty Chabert. 

Prior to his time in the senate, Chabert worked as a political consultant to federal, state and local officials. He started Chabert Development, LLC. in 2006 and served as assistant marketing director at Nicholls. 

He was inducted into the Louisiana Political Hall of Fame along with his brother and father in 2013. 

During the ceremony, Chabert will receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters, recognizing his contributions to Nicholls, higher education and South Louisiana. 

“I’m humbled beyond words,” he said. “I love Nicholls, and all that it has done for my family and me personally. I will forever aspire to live up to this distinguished honor.”

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