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Published May 11, 2016

MONROE, La. — On Saturday, May 14, at 10 a.m., the University of Louisiana Monroe’s Spring 2016 Commencement Ceremony will take place in ULM’s Fant-Ewing Coliseum.

Degrees will be conferred by ULM President Dr. Nick J. Bruno to students in ULM’s three colleges and graduate school.

Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, representing the 5th District of Louisiana, will serve as the ceremony’s keynote speaker.

A native of Richland Parish, Dr. Abraham earned a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from LSU in 1980 and practiced for 10 years before eventually seeking his Doctorate of Medicine, which he earned at the LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport in 1994. 

He is a member of the Veterans Affairs Committee and is the chairman of the subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs, a position rarely achieved by freshmen members of Congress. His position on the subcommittee will provide him an important role in implementing effective and efficient reforms to Department of Veterans Affairs while holding the administration accountable. He is also on the HVAC subcommittee on Health.  

Dr. Abraham is a veteran himself after serving in the Army Reserves, in which he achieved the rank of 1st Lieutenant, and the Mississippi National Guard. He also volunteers with the Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Air Force's Civil Air Patrol. 

He also serves on the Agriculture Committee. The 5th District is one of the largest row crop districts in the nation, and many of the district’s farmers raise livestock. Dr. Abraham’s position on the House Committee on Agriculture, including the General Farm Commodities & Risk Management and the Nutrition subcommittees, puts him in the best position to make sure Louisiana’s farmers are well-represented on the federal level.

Several honor graduates will also be recognized during the ceremony. They are designated as summa cum laude (3.900-4.000), magna cum laude (3.750-3.899) and cum laude (3.500-3.749). 

For those who cannot attend, the live webcast can be found at ulm.edu/commencement/.

Shortly after the conclusion of the event, a full recording of the event will be archived for viewing.

For seating and guest information, visit ulm.edu/registrar/commencement.html


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