LSU 2014 class expected to be largest, most diverse in history

LSU officials say the 2014 graduating class is shaping up to be a record-breaker on a couple of fronts. Not only is the class projected to be the largest overall in the university’s history, but it also will be the most diverse, with the greatest number of black, Hispanic and female students receiving degrees. There are 6,367 students expected to receive degrees, compared to the previous record high of 6,251 graduates in 2012. Among them, 570 black students will earn a diploma, up from the previous high of 516 in last year’s class—or a 10.5% increase. “This year also saw our highest enrollment of African-American students ever,” says LSU President F. King ALexander in a prepared statement. “Additionally, in our most recent graduation rate report, LSU’s African-American graduation rates reached the highest level in our history—60%, nearly double the national average.” The class also includes 240 Hispanic students, up from the previous high of 218 in 2012—a roughly 10% increase. A total of 3,412 women will graduate as well, or 3.5% more than the previous high of 3,305 in 2012. LSU notes that its graduation projections are based on preliminary data; final reports will be run in late June. LSU has more details on the class of 2014. —Staff report

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