“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.