NSU awards posthumous degrees to Orlando Gonzales

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Northwestern State University presented posthumous degrees to Orlando Enrique Gonzales Trucco during May 11 commencement ceremonies. Gonzales lost his battle with cancer two weeks prior to graduation. A native of Cartagena, Colombia, Gonzales earned a scholarship to study business administration and music at NSU and was a popular teacher and performer on campus, at area churches and at live music venues in the area. Accepting the Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Science with a concentration on Music Business were his mother Rosanna Morales Trucco and his fiancé Nicolle Contreras, pictured with NSU President Dr. Chris Maggio, Dr. Greg Handel, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Dr. Vickie Gentry, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.