Louisiana Governor to address Southeastern’s commencement
Thursday, April 28, 2016
by: Rene Abadie
HAMMOND - Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards will provide the keynote address at
Southeastern’s graduation ceremonies at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 14, at the University
The university will confer approximately 1,100 degrees on students who are graduating with bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.
Edwards was elected the 56th governor of the state last year and assumed office in January. A native of Amite, he served eight years as an Airborne Ranger with the U.S. Army. While in the service, he commanded a rifle company in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C.
In 2008, he was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives from District 72, representing parts of East Feliciana, St. Helena and Tangipahoa parishes and served as a member of the Northshore Delegation, which includes districts that cover Southeastern. A Democrat, he served as chairman of the House Democratic Caucus and as minority leader in the House of Representatives. Edwards served for eight years in the House until the Louisiana voters elected him governor.
Edwards graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1988 and earned his law degree from the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center, earning the honor Order of the Coif, a scholastic society recognizing excellence in legal education. His civil law practice is located in his hometown of Amite.