665 graduate from Southern University
BATON ROUGE - More than 600 students in Southern University's Class of 2015 crossed the stage at the Bluffs to accept their diplomas Friday.
Senator Sharon Weston Broome, commencement speaker and president pro tempore of the state Senate, told the graduates to "leave your mark of significance... and make us proud." She challenged them to stay engaged in the issues affecting their communities, saying "the stakes are too high" in America for young people to remain unfocused.
Daniel Joiner of Baker was the Chief Student Marshal. The 21-year-old English major and graduate of Redemptorist High School in Baton Rouge will head to Harvard Law School for the fall semester.
"You know I will be wearing my Southern gear as often as possible at Harvard," Joiner said Friday.
University spokesperson Ed Pratt said around 8,000 people attended the spring commencement at the F. G. Clark Activity Center.