BRCC Spring Commencement Celebrates More Than 500 Graduates During Today’s Ceremony

Caption: Baton Rouge Community College Chancellor Dr. Willie E. Smith congratulates a graduate during BRCC’s 26th commencement ceremony held on Friday, May 20.
Caption: Baton Rouge Community College Chancellor Dr. Willie E. Smith congratulates a graduate during BRCC’s 26th commencement ceremony held on Friday, May 20. 

Commencement Speaker Sen. Cleo Fields encourages graduates to Dream Big

Spring 2022 Commencement Program

Baton Rouge Community College conferred degrees to more than 500 students who completed their studies at the Spring 2022 Commencement Ceremony held on Friday, May 20 at  9 a.m. on the Mid City Campus. 

“Today was an extremely rewarding day, as watched our graduates walk across the stage with smiles on their faces,” said BRCC Chancellor Dr. Willie E. Smith. “As I listened to some of the graduate stories and how they persevered through difficult circumstances during the past couple of years dealing, I am proud of all they have accomplished. Their success is truly something to celebrate.” 

The graduation ceremony was held outdoors on the campus grounds. Louisiana State Sen. Cleo Fields delivered the commencement address. Fields spoke about his mother who inspired him to always dream. He encouraged the graduates to continue working to achieve their dreams and to not let their present situation determine who they will be in the future. 

“My mother taught me how to dream,” Fields said to the graduates. “You cannot let mommy’s income determine your outcome. Your mind is not at a disadvantage, your mind is not at-risk, and your mind is not underprivileged.”

He continued on, inspiring the graduates to not worry about what they do not have, but to use the tools that they have been given.  

The College also awarded an Honorary Associate of Arts in Humane Letters to actor and activist Lamman Rucker. He has shown a strong commitment to BRCC, working directly with students as well as the local community. Rucker is an avid advocate of social justice, community empowerment, health and wellness, entrepreneurship, the arts, and financial literacy. 

The ceremony was streamed live and is available on BRCC’s Facebook page: and YouTube channel: