Lamar University to confer almost 1,200 degrees Saturday, Dec. 15

Regina Rogers

Lamar University is scheduled to confer 1,193 degrees at fall commencement Saturday, Dec. 15, in the Montagne Center. Community activist Regina Rogers will be the keynote speaker.

The ceremonies will begin at 9:30 a.m. for the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business and Engineering and at 1:30 p.m. for the Colleges of Education and Human Development and Fine Arts and Communication and the Center for General Studies. Graduates hail from 10 countries, 18 states outside Texas and 261 cities and towns in Texas.

During the morning ceremony, Lamar will present the honorary doctor of humane letters to Larry Wayne Lawson, chairman, president and chief executive officer of eCardio Diagnostics, based in Houston. Lawson attended Lamar from 1963 through 1967, enjoying a successful career in music before going into the health care field 42 years ago.

Among other highlights, President James Simmons will announce recipients of  the Plummer Awards, honoring the highest-ranking graduates in the class, and also recognize other honors graduates.

Lamar is scheduled to award the 1,193 degrees to 1,184 graduation candidates  – nine for doctorates; 665 for master’s degrees; 518 for bachelor’s degrees, nine of  whom will earn two degrees each; and one for an associate degree. One student will receive both a bachelor of business administration and a master of science in accounting. The master’s candidates include 550 who will earn degrees in education as part of Lamar’s academic partnership.

The class will include the first 262 graduates to earn the master of education in school counseling.  About 1,000 are currently enrolled in the 18-month program.

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