Lafayette, LA (KPLC) -
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette held its first summer commencement ceremony since 1949 on Friday.
The ceremony was held at 11 a.m. at the Convention Center near the Cajundome. About 160 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees were conferred.
According to the university, there will now be three commencement ceremonies each year: fall, spring and summer. Summer graduates previously had to wait until the fall semester to participate in a commencement ceremony.
Charles Richard, an English professor and director of the Moving Image Arts program at the university, served as the Summer 2014 Commencement speaker. Richard is a screenwriter, director and actor who has had a hand in many documentaries on Louisiana culture and history. He is also the author of the 2003 book Louisiana: An Illustrated History. He was recently presented with the Distinguished Professor Award by the UL Lafayette Foundation.