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LSUS Spring Commencement Scheduled for May 19

May 17, 2013

The LSU Shreveport Spring Commencement ceremony will be held Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 2 p.m. at CenturyLink Center in Bossier City, LA. There will be 321 degrees awarded to graduates completing programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, and the College of Business, Education and Human Development. 

 "Over the past few years we have watched these students learn and excel in their fields of study.  Now it is time for them to celebrate their accomplishments and start looking to their future," said Dr. Paul Sisson, Interim Chancellor of LSU Shreveport.  "The continued support of family, friends, and dedicated faculty and staff helps to make the success of our graduates an honorable feat.  For this, I am truly grateful to all who have made a difference in the lives of our students."

The commencement address will be given by Sheriff Steve Prator, of the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff Steve Prator was born in Tennessee and moved to Louisiana at age 7.  Prator graduated from Northwood High School, attended LSU A&M for 3 years and graduated from LSU-Shreveport.  Following college, he joined the Shreveport Police Department at age 21, and after 17 years was promoted from Sergeant to Police Chief.  After serving as Chief of Police for 8 years, he was elected Sheriff of Caddo Parish, a position he has held for 14 years.

Sheriff Prator has been appointed by governors and elected by his peers to serve on many boards and commissions involving law enforcement.  He also serves on many community boards and best enjoys working with young people and our elderly.  Sheriff Prator was recently elected to the Louisiana Law Enforcement Hall of Fame, an honor he is especially proud of.

Sheriff Prator is known for being able to lower crime, save money, improve departmental morale, and increase public confidence.  Although he appreciates this reputation, he is quick to give the credit to the dedicated men and women that have worked with him to make our community safer and earned the public's trust.

Louisiana State University in Shreveport is a public university proudly serving the Shreveport-Bossier educational community with 26 undergraduate degree programs and 13 master's degree programs, and over 70 student organizations.  LSUS is a member of the LSU System, and provides a number of centers and institutes that serve as valuable economic development and educational resources to the community, as well as to our students. To find out more about LSUS, call 318-797-5000, or visit


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