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Retiring president will address NSU graduates
May 08, 2014 | 285 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Northwestern State University will hold its Spring Commencement Exercises Friday, May 9 in Prather Coliseum.

Undergraduate and graduate students from the College of Arts and Letters and the College of Education and Human Development and the Louisiana Scholars’ College will receive diplomas at 10 a.m. Undergraduate and graduate students from the College of Nursing and Allied Health and undergraduate students from the College of Science, Technology and Business will graduate at 3 p.m. Northwestern State President Dr. Randall J. Webb will be the commencement speaker.

Members of the Class of 1964 will receive second diplomas in recognition of the 50th anniversary of their graduation at the 3 p.m. ceremony. Commencement will be streamed online at

Those wishing to get the best available seating should plan to arrive at least an hour prior to the ceremony. Seating on the arena floor is available for those who are mobility impaired. Prather Coliseum is located at 350 S. Jefferson St. at the corner of S. Jefferson St. and Caspari St. on the Northwestern State campus.

Northwestern State will award 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, at the 10 a.m. ceremonies.     

Tussing joined the United States Army War College’s Center for Strategic Leadership and Development in October of 1999.  His focus areas include Homeland Defense, Homeland Security, Terrorism and Civil-Military Relations.  Since the spring of 2001 he has led and served in multiple forums and studies focused on homeland defense, homeland security and military support of civil authorities.

Webb has served as president of Northwestern State since 1996. He will retire as president later this year. In July, Webb will become the longest-serving president in Northwestern State’s 130-year history.

Under Webb’s leadership, Northwestern State has received well-deserved national and international attention for its academic programs and student accomplishments. University facilities have been renovated to better serve students, and two capital campaigns have set fund-raising records at the school.

 Webb has led the move toward higher admissions standards at the university, which have resulted in students having greater academic potential and aptitude. Northwestern State has had its largest graduating classes in school history while Webb was president.

 Webb has also expanded the university’s outreach by spearheading the development at NSU of the largest electronic education and distance learning network of any university in Louisiana. Millions of dollars have been obtained during Webb’s presidency for new and renovated facilities.  The new facilities include the Wellness, Recreation and Activity Center, Student Services Center, University Place I and II residence halls. Morrison Hall, the Family and Consumer Sciences Building, Williamson Hall, Russell Hall and Caspari Hall have been completely renovated and restored. The university achieved Tier I status in the U.S. News and World Report ranking of regional universities on two occasions. The master’s program in nursing was rated as one of the Top 100 by U.S. News.
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