More than 350 students received degrees during the GSU Fall Commencement exercises on Friday, Dec. 15 in the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center on the campus of Grambling St. University. The university awarded 268 bachelor’s degrees, 95 master’s degrees, and 7 doctorates.
Although Dr. Fred Haynes, Pastor of Friendship West in Dallas, TX, was the official Commencement Speaker and gave an exceptional address, all eyes were on the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan who sat in the audience.
Minister Farrakhan did not attend as an invited distinguished guest, while very distinguished regardless, he made it very well known that he was there to support his grand-daughter, Jaleela Farrakhan, who was graduating from Grambling with a BS in Education. However, he was kind enough to chat with many of the students and faculty as he left the arena.
A total of 28 Grambling State University student-athletes earned their degrees on Friday morning at the university’s 2017 fall commencement.
“We are excited that our student-athletes are graduating and about to embark on a new journey,” Grambling State Director of Athletics Paul A. Bryant said. “Everything that they have learned here at Grambling State is going to prepare them for the life they have ahead of them. Now I ask, and I challenge every one of our student-athletes, to take what they’ve done and apply it to their lives. We thank God for all of them and I wish them all the best in this new journey.”
Below is a full list of the graduating student-athletes with their sport and majors.
|Andre Hewitt||BS Criminal Justice|
|Allen Mays||BA History|
|Marlon Pruitt||BA Mass Communications|
|Desmond Stegall||MS Sports Administration|
|WOMEN’S BOWLING (1)|
|Alexis Johnson||BS Economics|
|MEN’S BASKETBALL (2)|
|Chase T. Cormier||BS Marketing|
|A’Torri Shine||MS Sports Administration|
|WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (1)|
|Johnea Thompson||BS Criminal Justice|
|Derwin Butler||MS Sports Administration|
|Martez Carter||BS Criminal Justice|
|Arkez K. Cooper||BA Sociology|
|Jameel Jackson||BSW Social Work|
|Christopher Johnson||BS Criminal Justice|
|De’Aumante Johnson||BS Kinesiology|
|Michael T. Jolivet||BA Sociology|
|Jestin K. Kelly||BS Kinesiology|
|Justin Miller||MS Sports Administration|
|Ja’Marrei Stromile||BS Kinesiology|
|Jonathan Wallace||MS Sports Administration|
|Deshuana N. McDaniel||BS Leisure Studies|
|MEN’S TRACK AND FIELD (4)|
|Darrius Davis||MS Sports Administration|
|Montieco Harris||BS Criminal Justice|
|Termaine Harvey||BA Sociology|
|Chauncey Wells||BS Accounting|
|WOMEN’S TRACK AND FIELD (4)|
|Darlene Desmangles||BS Leisure Studies|
|Jamesha D. Ford||BS Kinesiology|
|Jalyn Simon||BS Leisure Studies|
|Kenya Wheeler||BS Marketing|
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Photos / Kita Wright