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Lamar University plans to confer 1,528 degrees Saturday

Lamar University is scheduled to confer a record 1,528 degrees during spring commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 14, in the Montagne Center. Distinguished alumnus Paul Fregia, founder and president of Grandma Maud’s Inc., will address graduates in both ceremonies – at 9:30 a.m. for the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business and Engineering and at 1:30 p.m. for the Colleges of Education and Human Development and Fine Arts and Communication and Center for General Studies. Fregia is a 1981 electrical engineering graduate.

During the morning ceremony, Lamar will present the honorary doctor of humane letters to Charles Lewis Garrett of Garland, founder, president and chief executive officer of Garrett Metal Detectors Inc. Garrett is a 1959 electrical engineering graduate and a distinguished alumnus.

Graduates hail from 18 countries, 17 states outside Texas and 302 cities and towns in Texas. Lamar is scheduled to confer 20 doctorates, in addition to 769 master’s degrees – 565 of them education through Lamar’s Academic Partnership – and 739 undergraduate degrees. Sixteen of the doctorates will be awarded in educational leadership. Doctorates also include two doctor of philosophy degrees in chemical engineering, one doctor of engineering and one doctor of audiology. Ten students receiving bachelor’s degrees will earn two degrees each, while one student will earn two master’s degrees.

Lamar will confer three degrees posthumously, with families of two of those graduates accepting diplomas – on behalf of Bryse Durrell Marcel of Port Arthur in the morning and Tyler Joseph Noyola of Port Neches in the afternoon. Marcel completed requirements for a bachelor of business administration in general business and entrepreneurship, while Noyola completed requirements for a bachelor’s degree in general studies. Peggy Diane Mecom of Village Mills earned the third posthumous degree, a bachelor of applied arts and sciences.

As of May 12, 1,071 graduates were scheduled to participate in the two ceremonies – 581 in the morning and 490 in the afternoon. The afternoon participants include 230 of the 565 students earning master’s degrees in education through the Academic Partnership.

President James Simmons will announce recipients of the Plummer Awards, honoring the highest-ranking graduates in the class, and also recognize other honors graduates.