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Commencement to be held off campus

Released: 12/06/2005

State Rep. Monica Walker, D-Marksville, will be the guest speaker for LSU Alexandria’s Fall 2005 commencement, which for the first time will be held off campus.

The event will be in The Pentecostals of Alexandria at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15. It is located at 2817 Rapides Ave., Alexandria.

Recent graduation ceremonies have been in the Fitness Center gymnasium, the largest meeting room on campus. However, the gatherings have been to standing-room-only crowds, forcing university officials to seek a larger facility.

The Pentecostals of Alexandria were gracious in offering the use of their facility, university officials said. The facility is large enough to accommodate LSU Alexandria’s increasing number of graduates, as well as the family and friends who attend the ceremonies. Approximately 110 students are expected to receive diplomas. The number of graduates topped 100 after LSUA began awarding four-year degrees in 2003.

The traditional Nurse Pinning Ceremony, which usually is held directly after commencement, will be conducted at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15, in the Barbara Brumfield Caffey Annex.

The public is invited to both events.