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BRCC Announces 2015 Commencement Speaker

Tim W. HardyBaton Rouge Community College (BRCC) will hold its 16th annual Commencement Exercises on Friday, May 22 at 10 a.m., in the Bonne Sante' Wellness Center, 201 Community College Drive. More than 400 students are expected to participate in the ceremony. Timothy W. Hardy will deliver the keynote address. 

Hardy is a Partner in the Baton Rouge headquartered law firm of Roedel Parsons Koch Blache Balhoff & McCollister. His area of concentration is Environmental Law and he heads the firm's Environmental Law Practice Group. A chemist, an attorney and a native of Shreveport, he formerly served as Assistant Secretary for the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and as a Division Director for the Louisiana Department of Justice. He also was formerly the Managing Partner of the New Orleans based Lemle & Kelleher Law Firm.

Hardy has served on the transition teams for five consecutive Louisiana governors. He currently holds two gubernatorial appointments, serving on both the Board of Commissioners for the Greater Baton Rouge Port Commission and the Board of Supervisors for the Louisiana Community & Technical College System (LCTCS), currently serving as First Vice Chair. He is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Southern University Law Center, teaching Environmental Law for more than 20 years. His professional career also includes, in 2003, being named as an Executive Vice President of the Shaw Group, one of only two Fortune 500 Companies based in Louisiana at that time.

He holds a B.S. Degree in Chemistry and was named a Distinguished Alumnus by the Southern University Department of Chemistry in 2008. He was also named a Distinguished Alumnus by the Southern University Law Center in 2009 and was named to the Southern University Law Center Hall of Fame in 2012.

Hardy is married to the former Stacia Saizon and has two daughters, Nicole, a 2010 cum laude graduate of Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia and currently a rising Senior at Meharry Medical School in Nashville, Tennessee, and Amanda, a 2014 cum laude graduate of Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana and currently a rising Sophomore at Louisiana State University Medical School in Shreveport, Louisiana.

He is a member of the Bonanza Social Club, Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity (commonly known as the Boule'), and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

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