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ULM Summer/Fall 2019 Commencement is Saturday, Dec. 14 at 10 a.m.

Published Dec. 11, 2019

The University of Louisiana Monroe presents the Summer/Fall Commencement Ceremony 2019 at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 14. The ceremony is in Fant-Ewing Coliseum.


 President Nick J. Bruno, Jr., Ph.D., will confer 772 degrees (204 summer and 568 fall) upon 766 graduates. There are 40 associate’s degrees, 524 bachelor’s degrees, one Doctor of Pharmacy degree; 191 master’s degrees; eight Doctor of Education degrees and eight Doctor of Philosophy degrees.

 The guest speaker will be Louisiana Commissioner of Higher Education Dr. Kim Hunter Reed.

The processional “Pomp and Circumstance No. 1” will be performed by the ULM Commencement Brass ensemble, conducted by Director of the School of Visual and Performing Arts Derle Long, Ph.D. The Brass Ensemble will also perform “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Following the conferring of degrees, The Brass Ensemble will perform the recessional, G. Verdi’s “Triumphal March” from the opera “Aida.”

The Rev. DeRon Talley, pastor of St. Joseph Missionary Baptist Church of West Monroe, will lead the invocation.

Vice President for Academic Affairs Alberto Ruiz, Ed.D., will recognize distinguished graduates, faculty and guests.

Keynote speaker

Reed became the state Commissioner of Higher Education in 2018 and is the only female in the country currently serving as a state higher education leader who has led higher education in more than one state.

Dr. Kim Hunter Reed

Working with the Louisiana Board of Regents and the state’s public and private institutions, Reed leads the state’s talent development efforts through a focus on education, innovation and collaboration, designed to double the number of residents with a postsecondary credential of value by 2030.

Before being named commissioner, Reed served as executive director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education.

Reed served in President Barack Obama’s administration as deputy undersecretary at the U.S. Department of Education. She led the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Before serving in the administration, Reed was a principal at HCM Strategists LLC, a public policy and advocacy consulting firm in Washington, D.C.

A Lake Charles native, Reed chaired Louisiana’s higher education transition team in 2015 and served as the state’s policy director. Reed also served as chief of staff and deputy commissioner for public affairs for the Louisiana Board of Regents and executive vice president of the University of Louisiana System.

Reed received a doctorate in public policy from Southern University, a master’s degree in public administration and a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Louisiana State University. Reed is a wife, proud volleyball mom and relentless student advocate.


Handicap Parking (must have Handicap place card):

-       Lot 13 (also known as the Triangle Lot) across Northeast Drive from the Coliseum

-       Lot 18E and 18W, behind Fant-Ewing Coliseum

-       Lot 19 (Handicap drop-off) on the Northeast corner of Fant-Ewing Coliseum


-       Lot 12m South (also known as the Activity Center parking lot)

Open parking East of Bayou DeSiard:

-       Lot 12m North

-       Lot 12 (Brown Stadium parking lot)

-       Band Lot, located on the corner of Bon Aire and Peyton (weather permitting)

-       Green Lot, located behind Malone Stadium (weather permitting)

Open parking for east entrances will be from Bon Aire and University Park.

-       Field House Road

-       Warhawk and Peyton

-       University and Northeast Dr.

-       University and Claiborne St.

-       Bayou Dr.

Open parking West of Bayou DeSiard:

-       All parking lots located on Northeast Dr. west of the bayou

-       All parking lots located on and west of University Ave.

-       Parking lots located at Brown Gym, Annex, Bry Hall, and Stubbs Hall

-       Bayou Dr. parking

-       Strauss Hall parking lot, located next to the library

-       Mitchell Ln. parking

No parking (vehicle will be towed):

-       Grass area next to beach volleyball courts, located behind Heard Stadium

-       Any sidewalks or grass areas

Guest Reminders

Guest seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Reserving seats is not allowed. All markers placed in seats in an effort save them will be removed.

Please find a seat upon entering the coliseum. Standing in walkways or entryways, on stairs, or along the handrails of the upper concourse during the ceremony is not permitted.

Use of air horns and other noisemakers is not allowed during the commencement ceremony.

To ensure that every graduate's name can be heard when announced, guests are asked not to make any noise other than that of normal applause as degrees are awarded. Guests are not allowed on the floor of the arena to take photographs.

For disabled or mobility-impaired guests

Disabled/infirm seating is provided on the arena floor of Fant-Ewing Coliseum. All seating is provided on a first-come, first-served basis (i.e., no saving of seats or spaces).

Access to the arena floor is through the ramp on the east side of Fant-Ewing Coliseum. Seating passes are not provided.

Drivers may drop off disabled/infirm guests on the east ramp of the Coliseum (ULM Recreational Services/Activity Center side) prior to the ceremony before parking in one of

the nearby parking lots. Parking passes are not provided. One adult is allowed to sit with each disabled/infirm guest on the arena floor.

Unless disabled, children must be seated in the upper level of the Coliseum. Any service animal must be identified as such by its harness/vest, card, or other appropriate form of identification.

Upon entering the Coliseum floor, the disabled guest must notify Commencement personnel of the animal's presence.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, all guests in the floor-level seating area are asked to allow graduates to exit the floor before moving toward the ramp exit.