Nicholls awards 566 degrees during Fall Commencement

(Jerad David/Nicholls State University)

THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls State University awarded 566 degrees to students during its fall commencement ceremony on Dec. 15.

Eight students received the President’s Medal of Honor for graduating with a perfect 4.0 GPA. Those students are: 

  • Madison Ard, psychology;  
  • Drew Bergeron, computer information systems; 
  • Emily Gros, birth-5 early interventionist; 
  • Adella Guidroz, biology;   
  • Rachel Lefort, mathematics; 
  • Kylie Lirette, accounting; 
  • Maria Smith, criminal justice; 
  • and Carly Watts, political science. 

In addition to those students, 25 students graduated summa cum laude for graduating with a 3.9 GPA or higher. Summa cum laude is the highest academic honor a student can achieve.

Those students are: 

  • Claire Bourgeois, biology; 
  • Tayler Breaux, culinary arts; 
  • Katie Charrier, health sciences; 
  • Jade Cisneros, psychology; 
  • Kevin Cope, business administration; 
  • Shannon Dempsey, English; 
  • Kathryn Dufrene, English; 
  • Alyssa Fister, nursing; 
  • Claire Graff, health sciences; 
  • Destiny Hotard, elementary education; 
  • Shedreanna Johnson, biology; 
  • Casey Labat, computer information systems; 
  • Adam Larsen, business administration; 
  • Claire Leblanc, secondary education; 
  • Michael Moss, computer information systems; 
  • Nathan Mylie, psychology; 
  • Ethan Naquin, biology; 
  • Aarati Pant, accounting and finance; 
  • Lexi Robichaux, psychology; 
  • Jacob Samanie, English; 
  • Danielle Schexnayder, elementary education; 
  • Elizabeth Schouest, health sciences; 
  • Danielle Skelton, health sciences; 
  • Morgan Toups, accounting and finance; 
  • and Emily Venable, interdisciplinary studies. 

Click here for a full list of Fall 2021 graduates, here for the Deans List and the President’s List.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022

CONTACT: Jacob Batte, Media Relations and Publications Coordinator, 985.448.4141 or

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