The University of Louisiana at Lafayette recently conferred degrees to 1,362 graduates at its fall 2015 commencement.
University president Joseph Savoie presented 1,161 bachelor’s, 180 master’s and 19 doctoral degrees -- the school's largest fall semester class ever.
Jake Delhomme, a 2001 graduate and former NFL quarterback, spoke about dedication, hard work and a positive outlook. These things helped him go from an unheralded prospect with a questionable future to a starting quarterback in the Super Bowl.
“Being challenged in life is inevitable, but being defeated, that’s optional,” Delhomme said.
Leondre Queen was named outstanding graduate, while Nadine Bayard was given the outstanding master’s graduate award. Six bachelor’s degree students received summa cum laude designation.
“Go make your mark on the world. Aim high. You’re a Ragin’ Cajun and that’s what we do,” Savoie said during the assembly at the Cajundome.