(05/22/2023) BATON ROUGE, La. – On Friday, May 19, 2023, the LSU College of Agriculture awarded a total of 256 degrees during the spring commencement ceremony. Among the graduates were 224 recipients of bachelor's degrees, 24 recipients of master's degrees and eight recipients of doctorates.
The spring class of 2023 is composed of students from 40 Louisiana parishes, 25 states and 13 countries.
The college acknowledged the graduates for their exceptional academic performance and various honors and distinctions.
Two graduates earned the esteemed University Medal for achieving the highest GPA in their class while pursuing their degrees. University Medalists are Sally Goebel, an animal sciences major from Frisco, Texas, and Emma Pichoff, an animal sciences major from New Iberia.
Every spring, LSU selects 12 outstanding seniors from the graduating class as the Tiger Twelve, recognizing their positive contributions to campus life and the surrounding community. In the Tiger Twelve Class of 2023, the College of Agriculture had three graduates: Avery Hebert, majoring in agricultural business from Erath; Jackson Martingayle, majoring in natural resource ecology and management from Virginia Beach, Virginia.; and Zackary Mayfield, majoring in agricultural and extension education from Slidell.
The College of Agriculture awards College Honors to students who have successfully completed an honors thesis and a designated coursework program outlined by their departments and the Ogden Honors College. In this regard, Jackson Martingayle and Katie Miranda are recognized as College Honors graduates.
In addition to being a Tiger Twelve representative and Honors College student, Martingayle has been a devoted LSU track and field and cross-country team member since 2019. He has been named the Southeastern Conference (SEC) H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the 2022-23 academic year, which is the highest academic honor earned by a student-athlete in the SEC.
Four graduates were recognized as Distinguished Researchers by LSU Discover for demonstrating exceptional research abilities in their respective fields. These graduates are Christine Goodermuth, majoring in animal sciences from Franklin, Massachusetts.; Katie Miranda, majoring in natural resource ecology and management from Hammond; Genesis Mize, majoring in animal sciences from Baton Rouge; and Raven Simmons, majoring in nutrition and food sciences from Laplace.
The College of Agriculture also acknowledges Les Voyageurs, a select group of student ambassadors who contribute to student recruitment and alumni engagement efforts with the college. The eight Les Voyageurs graduates are Joseph Campagna, majoring in natural resources ecology and management from Memphis, Tennessee; Gabrielle Davis, majoring in animal sciences from Duson; Tristan Foret, majoring in agricultural and extension education from Raceland; Nicholas Musso, majoring in nutrition and food sciences from Baton Rouge; Anna Zaunbrecher, majoring in textiles, apparel and merchandising from Abbeville; Salem Johnson, majoring in agricultural and extension education from Campti; Avery Hebert; and Zachary Mayfield.
Second Lieutenant Christopher Lambert, a major in natural resources ecology and management from Liberty, Mississippi., was commissioned into the United States Air Force one day prior to graduation. Following graduation, he will be stationed at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida.
Moreover, 48 students were honored with University Latin Honors for maintaining a GPA of at least 3.7.
Three LSU College of Agriculture students were recognized as members of the LSU Class of 2023 Tiger Twelve. From left, Jackson Martingayle, Vice President for Agriculture and Dean Matt Lee, Avery Hebert and Zachary Mayfield. Photo by Annabelle Lang/LSU College of Agriculture
Sally Goebel, left, and Emma Pichoff received the honor of the University Medal for achieving the highest GPA in their class. Photo by Annabelle Lang/LSU College of Agriculture
The LSU College of Agriculture conferred 256 degrees during the spring commencement ceremony, which 224 bachelor's degrees, 24 master's degrees and eight doctoral degrees. Photo by Annabelle Lang/LSU College of Agriculture