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UL Lafayette recognizes record-setting Spring 2020 graduates

In-person ceremony held Saturday at M.L. Tigue Moore Field
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Posted at 12:06 PM, Nov 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-07 13:06:56-05

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette held an in-person commencement ceremony on Saturday to recognize Spring 2020 graduates.

The ceremony was in addition to virtual celebrations UL held in May because of bans on large gatherings amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Saturday's celebration was held at M.L. Tigue Moore Field at Russo Park, with family and friends in attendance.

"No matter what degree you have received, you will play a role in the shape of things to come. Our recovery from this pandemic and from other challenges we face as a society will find its strength in your ideas, in your ingenuity, in your passions, your intellect, your helping hand, and the power you discover in yourselves," Savoie said.

Savoie also reminded Spring 2020 graduates that they are a record-setting class. The 1,905 degrees earned by the spring graduates are the most for a single semester in University history.

"Combined with the fall and summer graduating classes, the University awarded 3,610 degrees in the 2019-2020 academic year. That's another record."

"These totals include historic numbers of women, African American, Asian and Hispanic graduates, reflecting our deep and ever-growing commitment to diversity, inclusion and student success," Savoie added.

"Graduates, you are a part of this history."

Saturday's ceremony was the third time the University recognized the spring graduates. It also capped off this year's homecoming activities.

If you missed the ceremony, it was live-streamed on the University's Facebook page and can also be viewed here.

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