West Monroe Mayor Dave Norris gave the keynote speech reminding students that their university is more than just a place of higher education.
He said, “When your nursing students graduate from a program that is among the top ten nationally, and when the university itself is named the most underrated in the whole state, you know you are graduating from a special place.”
Norris also told a sobering story about the rising costs of higher education and student
loan debt, prompting students to keep in mind that their journey does not end at commencement.
“Never think your education is over,” he said.
“There will always be a need to keep learning. You may be back here sooner than you think.”
Norris is a West Monroe native and graduate of West Monroe High School. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Government from ULM in 1963, and taught at the university from 1966-1998.
Also during the ceremony, Tex Kilpatrick, the CEO of Kilpatrick Enterprises, was honored with an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters for service to the university.
Tex has served as a member of Louisiana State University’s Alumni Board—his alma mater—and shown unwavering support to his wife Carole Eady Kilpatrick’s alma mater, ULM.
Tex was appointed to the University of Louisiana System Board where he served from 1997-2002, has aided ULM in many capacities including service as the Vice President of the ULM Foundation, and has shown continued support for ULM’s Lyceum Series.
He has served as a member of the West Monroe Chamber of Commerce, the Monroe Chamber of Commerce, West Monroe’s Lion’s Club, and the United Way.
Tex and Carole have been married for fifty-five years. They have three daughters and four grandchildren.
ULM also honored the top GPA earners.
Four students were honored as the top students of the spring ’14 class.
Emily Ballew earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. Ballew finished her career with a 4.0 GPA. She is a native of West Monroe and is the daughter of Shannon Ballew and Larry and Carmen Ballew.
Lauren Chandler earned a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science. Chandler finished her career with a 4.0 GPA. She is a native of Bossier City and is the daughter of Wade and Felicia Chandler.
Katelyn Hogan earned a Bachelor of Science degree in construction management. Hogan finished her career with a 4.0 GPA. She is a native of Monroe and is the daughter of Ron Hogan and Rena’ Davis.
Jessica Stanley earned and a Bachelor of Science degree in radiologic technology. Stanley finished her degree with a 4.0 GPA. She is a native of Knoxville, Tenn., is the daughter of Larry and Nancy Sexton, and the wife of Sean Stanley.
To view the list of gradautes, visit ulm.edu/spring2014-degree-list.pdf