Northwestern State President Dr. Randall J. Webb was the commencement speaker. Webb will retire later this year after serving as president for more than 18 years, the longest tenure in the institution’s 130-year history.
The university awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters to Bert B. Tussing, director of Homeland Defense and Security Issues Group at the Center for Strategic Leadership at the U.S. Army War College.
Members of the Class of 1964 received second diplomas in recognition of the 50th anniversary of their graduation at the afternoon ceremony.
Spring graduates in Natchitoches Parish listed by hometown are as follows:
Campti — Collin Crow, Bachelor of Arts; Brittany Smith, Melanie Winslow, Bachelor of Science; Shaneque Clark, Bachelor of Social Work
Natchez – Victor Bardney, Emily Wilmore, Bachelor of Arts; Weston Berry, Bachelor of Science;
Natchitoches – Robert Tummons, Associate of Science in Nursing; Darianne Bateman, Jonathan Bazley, Jennifer Becic, Eva Benjamin, Leo Conant, Latoya Hayes, Jeffery Henderson, Erica Hendricks Lloyd, Klenten Mullikin, Sidney Riley, Aaron Smith, Sierra Thomas, Ashanti Walls, Steven White, Jessica Williams, Associate of General Studies; Lucie Berryhill, Ja’Trenton Gillyard, Damarion Hunter, William James, Victoria Kwentua, Jacob Labutka, Grace Shaw, Crystal Simmons, Aaron Smith, Bachelor of Arts; Paula Barker, Bachelor of Fine Arts; Josalyn Braden, Rachael Chesser, Timothy Chung, Edwin Gomez, Candace Harrington, Marissa Morris, Jasmine Shafer, Ada Tate, Bachelor of General Studies; Roman Carranza, Milovan Paz, Bachelor of Music; Jeralyn Wilhite, Bachelor of Music Education; Julian Anderson, Blake Babin, Nicole Benjamin, Anthony Bennett, Haley Bethurum, Claire Bourgeois, Jamie Butler, Don Canyon, Alex Clement, Scott Conly, Charles Cook, Caitlin Cunningham, Shannon Danku, Jason Edens, Matthew Foshee, A’Issa Fowler, Sean Gibson, Tawana Green, Chadwick Harris, Victoria Hippler, Casey Johns, Yanci Johnson, Roberta Nowlin, Diana O’Reilly, Henry Odele, Brittany Outlaw, Allen Powers, Marlee Roberts, Haley Salard, Chasity Smith, Joseph Straub, Patrick Thomas, Chardia Veal, Cody Waagner, William Warner, Dezrick Williams, Adriana Wohletz, Tyler Young, Bachelor of Science; Jared Cox, Hannah Crews, Bachelor of Science in Nursing; Emily Eaves, Tiffany Freeman, Kimberley Guidry, Shecola Matthews, Skylar Newsome, Teriana Pierre, Ada Tate, Bachelor of Social Work; Denise Fontenot, Christie Price, Master of Arts; Lucia Creighton, Master of Education; Russell Lancaster, Matthew Petty, Master of Music; Olga Bazhanova, Kristin Brewton, Larry Ross, Master of Science; Alisha Boudreaux, Master of Science in Nursing;
Provencal – Jesse Turner, Bachelor of Arts; Paige Gauntt, Bachelor of General Studies; Hailey Warner, Clinton Whitehead, Bachelor of Science; Amanda Adams, Master of Arts in Teaching