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College of Science Fall Diploma Ceremony Highlights

12/14/2012 02:27 PM


 (Pictured l to r: Department of Physics Chairman Michael Cherry, Commencement Speaker Major General Jasper Welch, and College of Science Dean Kevin Carman)

The College of Science celebrated the achievements of more than 170 graduates during its fall 2012 diploma ceremony Friday, December 14, in the Student Recreation Complex.  The guest speaker for the event was distinguished alumnus Major General Jasper Welch, US Airforce (retired).

Welch, a brilliant military strategist who has served as an advisor to numerous presidents, is a 1952 magna cum laude graduate of LSU with a BS in physics.

Welch encouraged the graduates to save time and energy for public service in their pursuit of their science careers.

“As of today, you are certified and anointed scientists and as a scientist you possess what I would call a precious gift…a demonstrated command of a certain set of remarkable abilities,” said Welch. “These abilities enable you to be useful, helpful, and a leader.”

General Welch called on each of the graduates to use their “precious gifts” because they are critical to serving the public good.

During the ceremony, College of Science Dean Kevin Carman was recognized for 23 years of service to LSU,  nine of which were spent as dean of the College of Science.   Carman will be leaving LSU to assume the executive vice president and provost position at the University of Nevada, Reno.  Karla Lemoine was also recognized during the ceremony for 39 years of service to LSU.  Lemoine, an academic advisor in the College's Student Services Office, will be retiring from the University.


  • 21 students earned PhD degrees
  • 18 students earned masters degrees
  • 133 students earned bachelors degrees
  • Of the 133 bachelors degree recipients, 22 earned Latin honors
  • The fall 2012 graduates came from 13 countries, 14 states, and 34 parishes within the State of Louisiana.
  • 54 percent of the graduates are men
  • 46 percent of the graduates are women

Of the College’s 172 graduates, two were recognized as University Medalists, an award given to seniors graduating with the highest undergraduate grade-point-averages.  The College of Science fall 2012 University Medalists are:

  • Ian Michael Bouligny, Biological Sciences
  • Barret Felding Murphy, Biological Sciences

The College also recognized Suroj Shrestha who received Upper Division Honors for completing 12 semester hours of honor courses as upperclassmen and completed research and a senior thesis under the direction of Bijaya B. Karki, associate professor of computer science.

>  Fall 2012 College of Science Diploma Ceremony Program