By UL Lafayette Office of Communications and Marketing
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Spring 2021 graduates might well be remembered as a class of record setters.
The 1,892 degrees they will collectively earn, for starters, are the second most ever awarded for a single semester.
Individual Commencement ceremonies for the University’s eight academic colleges and Graduate School are being held Friday and Saturday at the Cajundome and Convention Center.
Ceremonies for the colleges of the Arts, Education, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Nursing and Allied Health Professions, and Sciences were set for Friday. Ceremonies for the colleges of Business Administration and University College, and the Graduate School are Saturday.
All told, the University will confer 1,536 bachelor’s degrees, 316 master’s degrees, 38 doctoral degrees and two certificates. The number of master’s and doctoral degrees set another record – the most in University history.
The Spring 2021 class is also notable for diversity. It includes the largest number of graduates of Hispanic descent and the largest number of graduates of Asian descent. It also includes seven Black graduates who earned doctoral degrees, the most awarded in a single semester.
Graduates are from 54 Louisiana parishes, 34 states and U.S. territories, and 37 foreign countries.
They’re also an accomplished, determined group, said Dr. Joseph Savoie, UL Lafayette president.
During the College of the Arts’ ceremony, Savoie noted…