NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University will hold its Fall Commencement Exercises Friday, Dec. 20 in Prather Coliseum.
Undergraduate and graduate students from the College of Arts and Letters and the College of Education and Human Development and undergraduate students from the Louisiana Scholars’ College will receive diplomas at 10 a.m. Undergraduate and graduate students from the College of Nursing and School of Allied Health and undergraduate students from the College of Science, Technology and Business will graduate at 3 p.m. The ceremonies will be streamed online at nsula.edu.
Those wishing to get the best available seating should plan to arrive at least an hour prior to the ceremony. Seating on the arena floor is available for those who are mobility impaired.
Prather Coliseum is located at 350 S. Jefferson St. at the corner of S. Jefferson St. and Caspari St. on the Northwestern State campus.
Robert Shreve, chairman and chief executive officer of Gulf South Business Systems & Consultants, Inc. and a member of the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System, will be the speaker.
Gulf South serves military, petrochemical, industrial, private sector, government, medical, universities and professional markets. Shreve previously served as vice president of Advanced Well Control Systems, which he formed with other associates in 1992.
Shreve serves as vice chair of the Board of Supervisors’ Finance Committee. He also serves on the Legislation Committee and the Grievance Committee.
Shreve is the founding chairman of Louisiana United Business Self Insured Fund (LUBSIF), a position he held from 1990-1997. The fund, now known as LUBA, was formed to fill a void that existed in Louisiana for business needs in workers compensation insurance.
Shreve is active in a variety of civic and charitable activities that work to promote and improve life in Louisiana. He is chairman of Louisiana Technology Council and served on the board and executive committee for the National Senior Games held in Baton Rouge.
He is the founder of the Heart & Sole basketball program that was developed in concert with the NBA and the New Orleans Hornets. This program had great success and impacted more than 200 schools in Louisiana. Shreve is a gold sponsor for the Advocate’s Reading Program, which is having a positive impact on the children who are participating. He is co-chairman of the Louisiana Legacy Golf tournament that supports the Junior Achievement program.
Shreve is a member of the Committee of 100 for Economic Development, Inc., a private non-profit organization where membership includes the top CEOs of leading private and public companies in Louisiana and university presidents.
Shreve serves on the Tulane Continuing Education Board in New Orleans, and sponsors programs supporting the Tulane School of Architecture.