You are here: Home / Graduation 2018

Graduation 2018

Ogden Honors College Graduates 117 Students
Graduation 2018

Honors graduates toss their caps after Commencement.

The LSU Roger Hadfield Ogden Honors College graduated 117 students at its graduation ceremony on Thursday, May 10. Fifty-seven students were awarded College Honors, one of LSU’s highest graduation distinctions. Distinguished guests First Lady of Louisiana Donna Edwards, LSU President F. King Alexander and LSU Interim Executive Vice President & Provost Stacia Haynie delivered remarks.

Ogden Honors College students were recognized with a variety of distinctions and awards. Twenty-three Ogden Honors students received the University Medal, given to LSU students graduating with the highest grade point averages. Forty-one students graduated summa cum laude; 24 students graduated magna cum laude, and 19 students graduated cum laude. Seventy-seven students completed an Honors Thesis.

Four Ogden students were recognized with the Ogden Honors College Outstanding Thesis Award:

  • Eva Knapp, “Rising Above:  Exploring the Use of Deployable Structures for Future Disaster Relief”
    Assistant Professor Kris Palagi
  • Logan Istre, “The Free Trade Bugaboo:  Reassessing the Role of Henry George in the Political Culture of the Late Gilded Age”
    Roger Hadfield Ogden Dean Jonathan Earle 
  • Amanda Fontenot, “The Fate of Soil Carbon in Louisiana’s Eroding Coastal Wetlands and Potential Impact on Future Climate”

      Professor John White

  • (Trey) Wayne Wortmann III, “Development of a Thiol-Acrylate-based Hydrogel for Tumor Spheroid Generation in a Microfluidic Device”

      Assistant Professor Adam Melvin


Two students received the Leo & Insa Abraham Outstanding Honors Senior Award:

  • Michael Denham graduated summa cum laude and with College Honors, earning dual degrees in Chemical Engineering and Economics. He is the President and Founder of the LSU chapter of NAMI, National Alliance on Mental Illness. He is also senior advisor for Youth Legislature through the YMCA Youth and Government Alumni Program. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and has completed summer courses at Harvard Business School. Denham is a member of LSU’s Tiger 12 and is currently deciding among a master’s at Cambridge or a prestigious medical school such as Yale, Northwestern and Columbia. Denham wrote and defended an Honors Thesis titled “Analysis of Young Alu Elements in the Squirrel Monkey (Saimiri) Lineage for Use as Species-Indicative Molecular Markers.” 
  • Jackson Mierl graduated with College Honors, earning dual degrees in Biological Sciences and Philosophy. Mierl is a member of the Batzer laboratory of comparative genomics, and has pursued philosophy courses in Graz Austria. Mierl has served as a summer research assistant at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.  In 2017, he was the LSU Discover Day Tiger Choice winner for his presentation on “a computational approach to genetic discovery in congenital heart disease.”  He currently serves as President of Rotaract of LSU and president and founder of the LSU Outdoors Club.  He has worked on the editorial staff of The Delta, LSU’s undergraduate literary journal, and he works with Michael Denham on both NAMI and Youth Legislature. Mierl wrote and defended an Honors Thesis titled “SINE Language: Communicating Platy-I Retrotransposon Propagation in Aotus Lineage.”



A large number of Ogden Honors graduating seniors plan to pursue advanced degrees in prestigious programs at University of Cambridge, Harvard University, University of California at Berkeley, The University of Amsterdam, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Emory University School of Medicine, University of Mississippi School of Medicine, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Texas State University, University of Arizona, University of Louisiana, University of Virginia and Lignan University in Guangzhou, China, Mercyhurst University, University of Georgia School of Law, University of Notre Dame Law School, Tulane University Law School, Southern Methodist University Law School, and several of our graduates will continue at LSU in the Graduate School, at the Hebert Law Center, and at our Health Sciences Centers.


A complete list of graduates is organized by academic distinction and hometown below.


Graduating with College Honors (includes Upper Division Honors Distinction and defended thesis):


Abbeville, LA

Andrew David Broussard, BS Management

Kathleen Mathilde Edwards, BSME Mechanical Engineering

Basile, LA

Thea Christine Fontenot, BS Kinesiology

Baton Rouge, LA

Amy Elise Adair, BS Mathematics

Caitlyn Ruth Bender, BA History

Kathryn Rose DeLeo, BS Biochemistry

Eva Madeline Knapp, BArch Architecture

Michael Joseph Vingiello, BA Geography; BIS Interdisciplinary Studies

Covington, LA

Christopher Abadie, BS Physics; BS Mathematics

Katherine Mariae Gagliano, BAMC Mass Communication

Hannah Elizabeth Lukinovich, BA International Studies; BA French Studies

Geismar, LA

Hira Azeem Hasan, BS Biochemistry

Harahan, LA

Meagan K Morvant, BAMC Mass Communication

Harvey, LA

Diana H Chern, BS Management

Lafayette, LA

Faiz Alam, BSBE Biological Engineering

Victoria Oanh Huynh, BS Biochemistry

Margaret Madison McCarron, BS Biological Sciences

Lake Charles, LA

John Paul Marceaux, BS Physics

Luling, LA

Derek M Walker, BS Physics; BS Mathematics

Madisonville, LA

Alyssa Ashlan Hebert, BS Finance

Mandeville, LA

Grant Patrick Connolly, BS Information Systems and Decision Sciences

Michael Waitus Denham, BSCHE Chemical Engineering; BA Economics

Paulina Gonzalez-Quiroga, BSCHE Chemical Engineering; BA Philosophy

Jackson R Mierl, BS Biological Sciences

Merryville, LA

Madison Kaitlin Hopper, BS Kinesiology

Metairie, LA

Breea Noelle Gould, BA International Studies

Haley Marie Grieshaber, BA Political Science

Madison A Hannan, BS Animal Sciences

Hannah Marie Lampo, BAMC Mass Communication

Olivia Grace Leonovicz, BS Biological Sciences

Danielle Nicole Maurer, BA International Studies; BA History

Ellen Lucy Simon, BS Psychology; BS Management

Morgan City, LA

David Carson Williams, BA Philosophy

Natchitoches, LA

Megan Elizabeth Chesal, BS Physics

New Iberia, LA

Lauren Alycee De Mahy, BA Communication Disorders

Carter Louis Pesson, BS Biological Sciences; BA Anthropology

New Orleans, LA

Jane Lesley Fiegel, BA Anthropology; BA History and Political Science

Cameron Bay Lowry, BA History

James Joseph Mickler, BS Microbiology

Patterson, LA

Kloe M Liner, BSIE Industrial Engineering

Pineville, LA

Karli Paige Walleser, BAMC Mass Communication

Port Allen, LA

Margarite Lynn LaBorde, BS Physics; BS Mathematics

Saint Martinville, LA

McKenzie Rae LeMaire, BA History

Slidell, LA

Wayne Joseph Wortmann III, BSCHE Chemical Engineering

Ville Platte, LA

Jordan Lahaye, BA English

Youngsville, LA

Brandon Champagne, BS Coastal Environmental Science

Birmingham, AL

Amelia Marie Juneau, BA Anthropology

Lafayette, CA

Ross Travis Teichman, BSPE Petroleum Engineering

Southington, CT

Tia K Jones, BS Mathematics

Clearwater, FL

Christopher William James, BArch Architecture

Atlanta, GA

Taylor Elaine Pernini, BA English

Bowling Green, KY

Sydney Layne Cottingham, BS Natural Resource Ecology & Management

Flowood, MS

Sara Grace Hubacek, BS Biological Sciences

Brentwood, TN

Ruth Catherine Dunn, BS Biological Sciences

College Station, TX

Lauren Felicia Baxter, BSME Mechanical Engineering

Houston, TX

Amanda Marie Fontenot, BS Coastal Environmental Science

Bogota, Colombia

Diana Marcela Solano-Florez, BS International Trade & Finance


Graduating with Upper Division Honors Distinction (includes defended thesis):


Lafayette, LA

Trent M Andrus, BSME Mechanical Engineering

New Orleans, LA

Rachel L Croy, BA French Studies; BS Coastal Environmental Science

Vernell D Dunams, BFA Studio Art

Sarah Campbell Gamard, BAMC Mass Communication

Shreveport, LA

Madeline Nicole Walker, BS Psychology

Carly M Wayt, BIS Interdisciplinary Studies


Graduating with Thesis Honors:


Baton Rouge, LA

Anna Beth Madden, BS Psychology

Gonzales, LA

Heidi Halina Nowakowski, BS Chemistry

Kenner, LA

Emily A Hickman, BS Marketing

New Iberia, LA

Breigh Nicole Sonnier, BS Biological Sciences

Prairieville, LA

Omar Zade Kana, BS Biochemistry

Shreveport, LA

Clarissa Elise Bruns, BSCE Civil Engineering; BA French Studies

John Oliver Selloriquez, BS Biological Sciences

Madison Elaine Wayt, BS Geology

Slidell, LA

William Jeffrey Long Jr, BA Anthropology

Sunshine, LA

Madeline R LeBlanc, BS Coastal Environmental Science

Youngsville, LA

Logan Stagg Istre, BA History

Omaha, NE

Zoe Roxanne Wilhelm, BS Nutrition & Food Sciences

Jackson, TN

Leah Sanders, BSPE Petroleum Engineering

League City, TX

Sabrina Magdalena Valdes, BS Microbiology


Graduating as members in Good Standing of the Ogden Honors College:


Baton Rouge, LA

Aranya Ahmed, BSCHE Chemical Engineering

David Spencer Flanders Jr, BArch Architecture

Saher Fatima Khan, BA English

Brittany Lashae Marshall, BA English

Jesse Paul Mayeaux, BS Biological Sciences

Cindy Phuongthie Nguyen, BS Biological Sciences; BA Sociology

Jesus David Pineda, BS Biochemistry

McKenzie Windham, BSBE Biological Engineering

Carencro, LA

Michael Austin Dalman, BA Political Science

Alix Elizabeth Perry, BS Accounting

Denham Springs, LA

Katherine Yvonne Wilson, BFA Studio Art

Des Allemands, LA

Haley Anne Morgan, BS Biochemistry

Eunice, LA

Manjot Singh, BS Biochemistry

Greenwell Springs, LA

Kayla McKenzie Chustz, BS Psychology

Lafayette, LA

Kyle David Eastin, BS Computer Science

Alexandra Leigh Gjertson, BA Political Science

Mary Katherine Loos, BA Political Science

Abigail Susan Provost, BA Political Science

Lake Charles, LA

Amani Hannah Husein, BA Political Science and French Studies

Livingston, LA

Jacob Allen McCon, BA Political Science

Livonia, LA

Brennan George Buxton, BS Biochemistry

Lutcher, LA

Audrey Elizabeth Martin, BA English and Sociology

Madisonville, LA

Sara Jessica Breaux, BA International Studies and Political Science

Mandeville, LA

Hannah Waleed Haddad, BS Nutrition & Food Sciences

Metairie, LA

Jacob Andre Blais, BA Philosophy; BA Political Science

Monroe, LA

Ashleigh Brooke Adams, BA English

Prairieville, LA

James Boott Munro, BAMC Mass Communication

Michelle Renee Poole, BS Biological Sciences

Sorrento, LA

McKenzie Dianne McClain, BAMC Mass Communication

Sulphur, LA

Hannah Bethany Hansen, BS Biochemistry

White Castle, LA

Giuliano Edward Campesi, BSCHE Chemical Engineering

Youngsville, LA

Peyton Taylor Leathem-Boe, BS Computer Science

Zachary, LA

Jacqueline Elise Odom, BA Political Science; BA History

Birmingham, AL

Brittany Rose Jordan, BS Finance

Alpharetta, GA

Niara Faith Collins, BA English

Ellicott City, MD

Hailey Allyson Buller, BS Biological Sciences

Madison, MS

Mary Caroline Bonin, BA English

Huntersville, NC

Taylor M Marcus, BS Psychology; BS Biological Sciences

Dyersberg, TN

Kelsey Lee Sanders, BA History

Muskego, WI

Margaret Kathryn Jachimiec, BS Microbiology



Contact Jacqueline DeRobertis

Ogden Honors College