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Largest class in McNeese history to receive degrees Saturday

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

More than 825 students - the largest graduating class in McNeese State University history - are expected to receive degrees at the university's spring commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday at Burton Coliseum.

School officials said the second largest class was 776 students back in fall 2008.

The spring class of 2013 includes students from 37 parishes, 20 states and 19 countries, and 865 degrees will be awarded, including 61 associate degrees, 669 bachelor's degrees, 134 master's degrees and one education specialist degree.

Dr. Jeanne Daboval, provost and vice president for academic and student affairs at McNeese, will serve as master of ceremonies, recognize retiring faculty and confer degrees on candidates.

The McNeese Wind Symphony, directed by Dr. Jay Jacobs, will perform the processional, national anthem and recessional.

McNeese President Dr. Philip C. Williams will welcome the spring class of 2013 and introduce the Golden Scholars from the Class of 1963.

McNeese will also award an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree to Joseph T. Miller Sr., Lake Charles businessman and civic leader.

Stephanie Tarver, associate vice president for enrollment management, will introduce honor graduates and then the presentation of degree candidates for conferral of degrees will be made by Williams, Daboval, Tarver and the deans of the six colleges and the Doré School of Graduate Studies.

Blake McCaskill, president of the McNeese Alumni Association, will address the students on behalf of the association.

Music education seniors Sean Bean, DeQuincy, Kathleen Evans, Westlake, and Emily Looney, Lake Charles, will lead the students and audience in the alma mater.

Here are the demographic statistics of the spring class of 2013:

Parishes

Acadia: 31

Allen: 30

Assumption: 2

Avoyelles: 1

Beauregard: 35

Bossier: 4

Caddo: 1

Calcasieu: 366

Cameron: 12

DeSoto: 1

East Baton Rouge: 2

Evangeline: 20

Franklin: 1

Grant: 2

Iberia: 10

Iberville: 3

Jefferson Davis: 65

Lafayette: 22

Livingston: 2

Madison: 1

Natchitoches: 1

Orleans: 4

Ouachita: 3

Rapides: 8

Sabine: 1

St. Charles: 1

St. James: 2

St. John: 1

St. Landry: 16

St. Martin: 4

St. Mary: 4

St. Tammany: 1

Terrebonne: 3

Vermilion: 5

Vernon: 7

West Baton Rouge: 1

West Feliciana: 1

States

Alabama: 1

Arizona: 1

Arkansas: 3

California: 4

Florida: 4

Georgia: 3

Hawaii: 1

Illinois: 1

Kentucky: 1

Massachusetts: 3

Mississippi: 2

Nebraska: 1

Ohio: 3

Oklahoma: 1

Pennsylvania: 2

Rhode Island: 1

Tennessee: 1

Texas: 61

Washington: 1

Wisconsin: 1

Countries

Brazil: 1

China: 6

Colombia: 2

Cote d' Ivoire: 1

India: 4

Indonesia: 2

Ireland: 1

Jamaica: 2

Nepal: 17

Peru: 1

Republic of Korea: 4

Romania: 1

Saudi Arabia: 1

Serbia: 1

Spain: 1

Sweden: 1

Taiwan: 1

Thailand: 4

Vietnam: 7

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