Congressman Cedric Richmond to deliver SU Baton Rouge Spring Commencement address, May 13


Webster Parish native with perfect GPA to lead graduates

University to award two posthumous degrees, and an honorary doctorate

United States Congressman Cedric Richmond will deliver the commencement address for the Southern University Baton Rouge Spring 2016 commencement exercises, Friday, May 13, 2016, at 10:30 a.m., in the F.G. Clark Activity Center.

The University has 528 candidates scheduled to receive degrees.

Congressman Richmond represents Louisiana's 2nd Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. He currently serves on the House Committee on Homeland Security and the House Committee on the Judiciary. Outside of Committee service, he is an active member of the Congressional Black Caucus, and the New Democrat Coalition.

As a member of the Committee on Homeland Security, Richmond works to ensure New Orleans and surrounding communities are adequately prepared for any emergency through oversight of the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA). He also works to ensure the security of the nation's critical infrastructure, borders, and ports.

As a member of the Committee on the Judiciary, the second oldest standing committee in Congress, Richmond works with committee members to exercise oversight responsibility for the U.S. Departments of Justice and Homeland Security.

Born and raised in New Orleans, he is a graduate of Benjamin Franklin High School, earned his undergraduate degree from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, and his juris doctorate from the Tulane University School of Law in New Orleans.  Richmond also is a graduate of the Harvard University Executive Education Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.

The Spring 2016 SUBR chief student marshal is Arnedia K. Wallace, with a cumulative grade point average of 4.0. She is a political science major from Dubberly, Louisiana.

The University will award posthumous undergraduate degrees to Lashuntae Benton and Annette January. Benton will be awarded a degree in therapeutic recreation and leisure studies, and January will be awarded a degree in business management.

Trailblazing SUBR Naval ROTC Midshipman 1st Class Nsombi Roberts is set to walk across the stage at the spring commencement to receive her bachelor of science degree in chemistry and is the first African-American woman from a Naval ROTC program to be selected into the Nuclear Submarine Pipeline training program.

Baton Rouge native, SU alumnus, local businessman, and former state representative Joseph A. Delpit will be awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters degree during the annual spring graduation exercises.

Included among this year's Science Math Education (SMED) PhD graduates is Gloria Marie LeCompte. She is 71 years old and a native of Opelousas.  

The University will post commencement announcements and updates at


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