Levy to address Fall 2011 class

Collegiate careers for approximately 1,276 graduates will be coming to an end on Dec. 10 at 10 a.m. in the University Center.

The commencement ceremony will host Robert Levy, as the guest speaker. Levy is the chairman of the Louisiana Board of Regents and a graduate of Nicholls State University and the LSU School of Law.  Levy is serving his fourth six-year term as district attorney for the Third Judicial District, according to the Office of Public Information.

Also in attendance will be Southeastern alumni Golden Grads, who graduated in or before 1961.

“They will wear their gold robes and lead in the graduating class and then be recognized during the ceremony,” said Kathy Pittman, director of the Alumni Association.  “We also have an informal brunch for them in the St. Tammany Room of the University Center from 8:30-9:45 a.m.”

Southeastern’s Public Information Office sent out a press release concerning traffic on the day of the graduation commencement. According to the press release, Director of University Police Mike Prescott said the section of University Avenue between West Tornado Drive and SGA Drive will be restricted from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  The press release also warned students who planned on returning rental textbooks to do so after 2 p.m.

The Lion Traxx shuttle busses will be available to accommodate anyone needing special transportation services and the bus stops will be adorned with signs or canopies. The University Center parking areas are expected to fill early, with commencement traffic headed east bound being diverted onto West Tornado Drive. Westbound commencement traffic will be diverted onto SGA Drive. Motorists who are not attending the commencement are asked to use alternative routes, such as Thomas Street, Morris Street or Natalbany Road.

Local traffic on University Avenue will be allowed to pass through as long as possible, but will be diverted once traffic congestion increases.