Location: Rapides Parish Coliseum, 5600 Coliseum Blvd, Alexandria, LA 71303
Date: Thursday, December 14, 2023
Time: 10:00 AM
Commencement will be held indoors at the Rapides Parish Coliseum and masks are recommended, but not required.
Please know that if the status of the pandemic changes, or if the state’s event guidelines change, commencement ceremony procedures could also change.
At this time, here is what you can expect:
The start of the ceremony is signified by the graduate processional. Graduates will proceed to the reserved area directly in front of the platform and remain standing. Seating will be reserved for graduates only. All seats should be filled before moving to the next row. An LSUA employee will be positioned at the beginning and end of each row to assist in seating.
Faculty will then process in, following the graduates, to the appropriate seating area
The platform party which includes special guests and department chairs is led by Chancellor Paul Coreil and will process in double file lines to the stage after the faculty processional. The platform party will ascend the steps and stand in front of their designated seats, except Dr. Coreil who will move to the center lectern.
At the appropriate time in the ceremony, Dr. Coreil will announce the recipients of the Chancellor's Award.
Dr. John Rowan will recognize students graduating with Latin Honors (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude)
Dr. Rowan will then ask the associate degree candidates to stand for conferring of the degrees. After associate degrees are conferred and the candidates are seated, Dr. Rowan will ask the baccalaureate degree candidates to stand for conferring of the degrees. They will then be seated.
Graduates will then be presented their diploma cover. An LSUA employee will lead the graduates to the appropriate area to ascend the stage. At the appropriate time as the row of graduates shortens, an LSUA employee will lead the next row to the appropriate area until all diplomas have been awarded.
Following the benediction, as the recessional plays, Dr. Coreil will lead the procession out followed by the platform party and the faculty. Graduates will exit in the same order as they entered (led by the first graduate)
Accessible Parking: A state-issued disability placard prominently displayed inside the vehicle or state-issued disability plate is required. The accessible parking area is located in parking lots around the Rapides Parish Coliseum and it is first come, first serve basis.
Coliseum Entrance: Persons with disability accommodation needs may enter the Coliseum through the front/main entrance. Each portal of the Coliseum has a ramp entry. Disability seating is located on the second level. Directional personnel will be available to assist you to the designated areas.
Coliseum Seating Area: Accessible seating for those using wheelchairs or other mobility aids is signified by the handicap emblem. The designated area is on the second level.
Wheelchair/Mobility Aid Availability: Family members, guests, and degree candidates in need of wheelchairs or other mobility aids should make provisions to bring those with them to the Coliseum. Wheelchairs and other mobility aids are not provided at the Rapides Parish Coliseum.
Degree Candidates: A ramp is available for those using wheelchairs or other mobility aids to assist them to the stage.
Police: Officers are present in case of an emergency.
Graduates or guests requiring any further disability related accommodations or with questions regarding the ceremony should contact the Office of the Chancellor directly at 318-473-6444.
The Grad Team
Commencement photos are posted on The Grad Team website approximately 1 week after the ceremony, you will receive an email with a link to your photos when the event goes live. If photos are not showing, reach out to The Grad Team.