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May 3, 2003

Candid Photos: before, during and after Commencement 2003 at Centenary College of Louisiana
May 3, 2003 in the Centenary Gold Dome


Centenary Wind Ensemble performs...Graduate rests an ailing leg while waiting to march.


Graduates march into the Gold Dome.

President and audience recognize the faculty and ...

The Administrative staff and ...

And especially the parents and families of graduates, who stand for applause.

Trustees join in the singing of the hymn "Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee": Judge Eugene Bryson, Rev. William Peeples and Taylor Moore

President Kenneth L. Schwab announces honorary doctorate award to George Dement, mayor of Bossier City, who receives the hood designating the Doctor of Laws. Also pictured are Dr. Darrel Colson, provost and dean of the college; William G. Anderson, chairman of the Centenary Board of Trustees; and Dr. Gary Young, registrar.

And the Honorary Doctor of Divinity is presented to the Very Reverend William W. Hutchinson, bishop of the Louisiana Conference, United Methodist Church. Looking on at left: Miles Hoffman, commencement speaker.

Miles Hoffman, noted musician and National Public Radio commentator, also receives an honorary doctorate, the Doctor of Humane Letters.

Miles Hoffman delivers the commencement address.

Gold Dome is packed as some 2,000 visitors view the ceremonies.

A series of coincidences: Special recognition and a standing ovation from faculty and staff went to Dr. Brad McPherson, who retires after 32 years as a biology professor at Centenary. Pictured with him are Dr. Galen Sanders of Bossier City, La., who was a student in Dr. McPherson's first class at Centenary, and his daughter, Meridith Sanders, who was in Dr. McPherson's last class. Merideth was a summa cum laude graduate who earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology this year.

Class Representative Merrick Buchanan speaks to the Class of 2003, now Centenary's newest alumni.


A Physics celebration: (left to right) Dr. Juan Rodriguez, Dr. Jeff Trahan, summa cum laude graduate Bobby Beaird and Dr. Jerry Lisantti.

With their parents who traveled all the way from Macedonia: graduate Katica "Kate" Stojanova and her brother, first-year student Eftim "Tim" Stojanov.

Left photo: Natasha Wilson, Dr. Rodney Grunes... Right: Brandon Lawson, Harmony Newman

Katie Cooper and Mark Duranski...Christy Melton and her Mom

See also -- Senior Party 2003 Photos

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