Lamar University formally inducts new cohort of LU Ambassadors

On Friday, Sept. 16, the Division of University Advancement inducted its newest members of the Lamar University Ambassadors with President Dr. Jaime Taylor giving opening remarks and presenting red blazers to each new Ambassador.

After a rigorous application process, 18 out of 40 applicants were chosen for the 2022-2023 cohort. Once selected and sworn in as a Lamar University Ambassador, they hold that position for life.

With their right hands raise, in unison, each new LU Ambassadors recited the official Ambassador pledge to affirm their commitment to doing their best while serving in the prestigious role.

“We consider them to be Ambassadors for life, continuing to use what they have learned to be active alumni and represent LU in their respective communities, promoting all LU has to offer,” said Shannon Figueroa, director of Alumni Affairs.

Just before the conclusion of the ceremony, President Taylor was presented with his own honorary Ambassadors red blazer. ambassadors-2021-2022

Figueroa said, “In recognition to your dedication and outstanding commitment to the Lamar University Ambassadors, the Ambassadors would like to present you with your very own red blazer.”

LU Ambassador Caroline LeBlanc presented Taylor with his blazer followed by a speech noting that in the 15-year history of the Ambassador program, this is the first time that a Lamar University president has been presented with a red blazer.

“We have all been chosen to wear these red blazers as a reflection of our leadership, professionalism and passion for serving at Lamar University,” LeBlanc said. “Dr. Taylor, we present this blazer to you to symbolize the support of the Ambassadors pledge to you as university president. Thank you, Dr. Taylor, for your leadership at Lamar University and for your passion for serving Lamar University students. The future of our university is bright with you at its helm.”

“Thank you all so much, you honestly have no idea what this means to me,” Taylor said.

Figueroa said the Cardinal red blazers are a symbol of hospitality and professionalism for each member.

“Lamar University Ambassadors have a rich tradition of promoting service to Lamar University and to the community at large,” she said. “Ambassadors represent the Lamar University student body at official university events and work to promote university pride among students, prospective students, alumni and friends of Lamar University.”