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ULM to hold 4 commencement ceremonies Saturday; watch livestream on ulm.edu

Published May 12, 2021


The University of Louisiana Monroe will have four commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 15, 2021, to recognize the graduating class of Spring 2021. 


The four colleges, Arts, Education, and Sciences, Business and Social Sciences, Health Sciences, and Pharmacy, will have separate ceremonies in Fant-Ewing Coliseum. State COVID-19 requirements limit the number of people allowed in public buildings. 


Each graduate is allowed to have 10 guests. Guests must wear facemasks inside the coliseum and are asked to maintain social distancing from other parties. Graduates are required to wear a solid color or ULM-branded mask.  


The schedule for Saturday's commencement exercises: 


· 9 a.m. – College of Arts, Education, and Sciences 

· 11 a.m. – College of Business and Social Sciences 

· 1 p.m. – College of Health Sciences 

· 3 p.m. – College of Pharmacy 


Each ceremony will be livestreaming on ulm.edu.  

For information on ULM commencement, please visit https://www.ulm.edu/commencement-info/


Commencement speakers 


College of Arts, Education, and Sciences 

Eric Davis, Ed.D., principal of Carroll High School, is the guest speaker for the College of Arts, Education and Sciences commencement at 9 a.m. 


Davis has been an educator for 23 years, serving as a teacher, coach, and administrator. He was assistant principal at Richwood High School for 11 years and principal at Wossman High School for three years. Davis was honored as the 2019 Louisiana State Principal of the Year. 


Davis earned his Master of Education from ULM in 2003 and his Doctorate of Education from Walden University in 2018. 


"My passion for children and education runs deep in my belief system that affords students the opportunity to truly understand that there is a bright future ahead of them, and I feel an obligation to provide a platform for them to get there," Davis said. "Education is more than just students, teachers, and books. It is an experience that individuals will remember for the rest of their lives."   


College of Business and Social Sciences 

Peggy Lane, Ph.D., Interim Dean of the College of Business and Social Sciences, is addressing the graduates on behalf of the CBSS faculty. Through a survey, conversations and research, she has compiled Words of Wisdom to share with the students on behalf of the CBSS faculty.


Lane is a Professor of Computer Information Systems and has been a university educator and administrator for 30 years.  Lane served as Associate Dean for two years and has served as Interim Dean since September 2020, when former dean Ron Berry was named president.  She is looking forward to returning to teaching duties this fall.


She earned her Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, MBA, and Ph.D. in Business (Information Systems) from the University of Arkansas.


Lane is active in the professional organizations of Southwest Decision Sciences Institute (SWDSI) and Federation of Business Disciplines (FBD). She is the past president of SWDSI and received both their Outstanding Educator Award and their Distinguished Service Award. She is the current president of FBD.


College of Health Sciences 

Alice M. Profit, president and CEO of the Living Well Foundation, will deliver the graduation address at the College of Health Sciences commencement at 1 p.m. 


The Living Well Foundation is a nonprofit organization to enhance the quality of life and health of the citizens of Ouachita Parish and the seven surrounding parishes. The foundation has granted more than $733,000 to ULM for initiatives that assist people in need, those under or uninsured, with little access to medical care, and other health services. 


Profit received her Bachelor of Science from ULM and Master of Science from LSU. She is the inaugural chair of the ULM College of Health Sciences Dean's Community Advisory Board. 


Profit has written, recorded, and produced Christian music. As a professional singer, she has performed with Lauren Daigle, Francesca Battistelli, and Steven Curtis Chapman. 


College of Pharmacy 

The ULM College of Pharmacy welcomes Dean Emeritus William "Bill" Bourne, Ph.D., as the keynote speaker for the 3 p.m. commencement. Bourne served as Dean of Pharmacy for 17 years (1986-2003). 


Bourne earned his undergraduate from the University of New Mexico and doctorate from the University of Arizona. He came to ULM as an assistant professor in 1974. 


Commenting on his 47 years in pharmacy, Bourne said, "My entire career has been at ULM. I can't imagine a different or better way to have spent my working years than to have served the profession of pharmacy through my efforts at ULM." 


In 1991, he founded the Dufilho Society, an endowed fund for the support and advancement of the ULM College of Pharmacy.  


Bill and Marsha Bourn Endowed Pharmacy Superior Graduate Scholarship was established in 2018 to honor Bourne and his late wife.