Lamar University to confer degrees, celebrate graduates

LU Commencement

A student’s time at LU will be full of unforgettable moments and the greatest of these is the day they graduate. It is Lamar University’s honor to celebrate this milestone with our graduating seniors and congratulate them on this great accomplishment.

LU CommencementLU will confer more than 2,200 degrees during three commencement ceremonies. The College of Arts & Sciences will hold their commencement ceremony at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 13. The following day at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 14, the colleges of Business, Engineering, Fine Arts and Communication and undergraduates of the College of Education and Human Development will hold their commencement ceremony. The College of Education and Human Development will confer master’s and doctoral degrees at 3 p.m. All ceremonies will take place at the Montagne Center. 

“I would like to congratulate our graduates of the Class of 2022. As we confer your degrees, we honor you for your passion and dedication. We also hope you remember that Lamar University will always be your home,” said Dr. Daniel Brown, associate provost for academic and faculty affairs. “Your future awaits.”

In addition to the on-campus commencements, Lamar University will host a virtual ceremony for those who cannot attend in person. All ceremonies will be broadcast live, but those who elected to participate virtually will be honored during the 10 a.m. ceremony on May 14. In December 2021, 320 students participated in commencement exercises virtually. The broadcasts were watched by more than 5,000 viewers from more than 43 countries around the world.

LU Commencement 2022“We want to ensure that every student has an opportunity to celebrate this significant accomplishment with their family and friends,” said Poonam Kumar, associate provost for academic affairs and digital learning. “With more than half of our student population taking courses solely online, a virtual option was something we felt was a positive addition to an already joyous event.”

Other graduation celebrations are planned for the coming week, including the following:

May 6 — Multicultural Celebration: Held from 4-6 p.m. in the Live Oak Ballroom of the Setzer Student Center and sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Multicultural Celebration will feature students representing Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, McNair Scholars, LGBTQ+, Asian/Pacific Islander and International cultures, each receiving a graduation stole/collar representative of their culture/interest.

May 7 — Rites of Passage: Held in the ballroom of the Setzer Student Center at 11:30 a.m., the ceremony will feature Black/African American undergraduates graduating in May of 2022 and will recognize and honor them for their academic achievement and several awards will be bestowed.

May 10 — The Hispanic Student Society will hold its Hispanic Graduation Banquet from 6-9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10 in the Sheila Umphrey Recreation Sports Center.

May 11 — Lavender Awards: Held at 11:30 a.m. on May 13 in the Reaud Executive Event Space, the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Relations together with the LGBTQ+ Programming and Initiatives Committee celebrates LGBTQ+ graduation candidates at Lamar University and honors students with the prestigious Lavender Awards for Academic Achievement, Leadership and Service.

May 11 — Asian student and community members will hold a banquet from 6-9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11 at the Sheila Umphrey Recreation Sports Center.

May 12 — Nursing Pinning Ceremony: The JoAnne Gay Dishman School of Nursing will host its nursing pinning ceremony at 6 p.m. It is not open to the public; however, there will be a live-stream of the event.

May 13 — Order of the Engineer: The College of Engineering will host the Order of the Engineer at 4:30 p.m. in the Science and Technology building.

May 14 — University-Wide Doctoral Hooding Ceremony: This celebration will take place at 12 p.m. at the Montagne Center, honoring graduates across disciplines earning their doctoral degrees.

Please visit the graduation website for detailed graduation instructions and ceremony information.