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Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards to Deliver Keynote Address at BRCC’s 18th Commencement Exercises on May 19

edwardsLouisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards will deliver the keynote address at Baton Rouge Community College’s 18th commencement ceremony, Friday, May 19 in the Bonne Sante’ Wellness Center on the Mid City Campus. 

“It is truly an honor to have Gov. Edwards on board to deliver the keynote address at our May commencement ceremony,” said BRCC Chancellor Dr. Larissa Littleton-Steib. “His dedication to education and workforce development in Louisiana goes hand-in-hand with the mission of BRCC. Further, Gov. Edwards has been a key supporter of the future of community and technical colleges, and its students. We are thrilled that he will impart his grace and wisdom on our graduates.” 

The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. During which, degrees will be conferred for more than 600 students. Admission is by ticket only.   

On January 11, 2016, Gov. John Bel Edwards was sworn in as the 56thGovernor of Louisiana.

The governor grew up in Amite, Louisiana as one of eight children. With four Tangipahoa Parish Sheriffs in his lineage, he learned the importance of public service at an early age. 

Governor Edwards graduated in 1988 from the United States Military Academy at West Point. The governor served eight years as an Airborne Ranger on active duty with the United States Army and commanded a rifle company in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He went on to graduate Order of the Coif from Louisiana State University Law Center and set up a civil law practice in his home town of Amite. 

In 2008, he was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives from District 72, where he served for eight years until the voters of Louisiana elected him governor in November 2015.  

Gov. Edwards and his wife, First Lady Donna Edwards, have three children: Samantha Bel, Sarah Ellen, and John Miller. 

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