Degrees & Diversity: Record Number Of Blacks & Women To Graduate This Year From LSU

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May 16, 2014 ‐ By Ann Brown

lsu commencementThere were a lot of graduation caps being tossed in the air in Baton Rouge yesterday. With about 6,367 students receiving degrees, Louisiana State University’s 2014 graduating class is projected to be the largest in the university’s history. The last large gradation class was 2012 with 6,251 graduates. And 2014 will also be the most diverse as well.

 “This year’s graduating class also represents the largest number of African-American, Hispanic and female students to receive degrees in the university’s history,” according to a press release.

This year there are 570 African-American graduating students, a 10 percent increase from the previous high of 516 in the class of 2013. There are also 240 Hispanic graduates, up from the previous high of 218 in the class of 2012, reflecting a 10 percent increase;  and 3,421 women, up from the previous high of 3,305 in the class of 2012, a 3.5 percent increase, reports The Times-Picayne.

“It’s outstanding that 50 years after the defeat of segregation at LSU, we can announce the largest graduating class of African American students in our history,” LSU President and Chancellor F. King Alexander said in a statement. “This year also saw our highest enrollment of African-American students ever.

“LSU’s Class of 2014 is remarkable. In a time when having a college degree has never been more important to an individual’s future, these young men and women have achieved their dream of higher education in record-setting numbers,” Alexander said.

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