Undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees will be conferred during UL's Summer 2016 Commencement this Friday, August 5th.

The ceremony will be held at 11am in the Cajundome Convention Center exhibit hall adjacent to the Cajundome. All graduates are required to attend and participate in the ceremony.

You may be wondering: "Hey, when did UL start holding summer commencement?"

Well, you'd be correct in thinking that's a new thing. In 2014, the University held its first summer ceremony since 1949. Summer commencement was reintroduced to give graduating seniors the opportunity to participate in a ceremony without having to wait until the end of the fall semester.

As you can imagine, the summer ceremony will be much smaller with about 275 degrees being conferred. By comparison, in the spring, 1,676 were conferred.

Dr. John Tetnowski, a professor in the College of Liberal Arts at UL, will be the Summer 2016 Commencement speaker. He received the University’s 2016 Distinguished Professor Award, which was presented by the UL Lafayette Foundation, and is the Ben Blanco/BORSF Endowed Professor in Communicative Disorders. He is also the graduate coordinator for the University’s doctoral program in Applied Language and Speech Sciences.