Academics May 11 2019

XU Convocation Center 10:00 a.m.

Xavier University of Louisiana will honor four of its own graduates – three prolific medical doctors and a world-renown vocalist – during its 92nd annual graduation ceremony Saturday, May 11, at 10:00 a.m. in the University’s Convocation Center.

The physicians – Dr. Pierre Johnson ’02, Dr. Maxime Madhere ’02, and Dr. Joseph Semien '01 – who are co-authors of the book Pulse of Perseverance, in which they share their personal struggles and ultimate triumphs in an effort to empower and inspire black youth to work towards their goals, will be the keynote speakers for the commencement. They are expected to address 550 undergraduate, graduate, and pre-professional students and their families. They will all receive honorary degrees.

They will be joined on stage by vocalist Gail Gilmore ’72, a celebrated Opera star, who will also be awarded an honorary degree from her alma mater. Other scheduled commencement-related events include the Graduate Programs hooding ceremony Thursday, May 09, at 6:00 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom; the College of Pharmacy Hooding Ceremony Friday, May 10, at noon in the Convocation Center, and the Baccalaureate Mass/Honors Convocation Friday, May 10 at 5:00 p.m., in the Convocation Center.

Commencement is a ticketed event. All others are open to the public.

* Important Information for Graduates:
           ... Schedule, Graduation Requirements, Resources, and Hotel Accommodations

* More Info on Speakers & Honorary Degree Recipients:

* Special Invite to Summa Cum Laude Graduates (Group Photo):

* How to I get to Campus?:
... Directions to Campus:
         ... Campus Map:
         ... Parking and Shuttles:

* Photography:
         ...  Please note that only official University photographers will be allowed on the floor during any of the three events in the Convocation Center. Candid Campus Photography will be on hand to photograph each student as they are hooded and receive their degree. These will be available for purchase on their website. Information regarding this will be mailed to the student's home address of record.

* Information on Live Streaming:
         ... Baccalaureate and Commencement will both be available for viewing online.  [link available day of event]
         ... Streaming FAQs: TBA


Information Session / Senior, P4 & Graduate Programs Roll Call
Monday, May 06, Convocation Center
(A&S) 9:00 a.m. (COP) 10:00 a.m.
Monday, May 06, Library Resource Center
(Graduate Programs) 6:00 p.m.

Graduate Programs Hooding Ceremony
Thursday, May 09, 6:00 p.m., University Center Ballroom

College of Pharmacy Hooding Ceremony
Friday, May 10, Noon, Convocation Center

Baccalaureate Mass & Awards Convocation
Friday, May 10, 5:00 p.m., Convocation Center