LSU Health Shreveport awarded degrees to 173 students during commencement exercises at the Centenary Gold Dome in Shreveport Saturday, May 25.

Assistant Dean of Student Affairs for the School of Medicine Mark Platt, PhD, presided over the commencement activities. The Most Reverend Michael G. Duca, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Shreveport, gave the invocation and benediction. Chancellor Robert Barish, MD MBA, and School of Medicine Class of 2013 President Matthew Wayne Hanudel delivered the welcome and introductions.

David Levy, MD, a neurosurgeon at the University of California-San Diego was the featured commencement speaker.

Joseph McCulloch, PhD, Dean of the School of Allied Health Professions, Sandra Roerig, PhD, Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Andrew Chesson, Jr., MD, Dean of the School of Medicine, presented the candidates, while LSU Board of Supervisors member Dr. John George conferred the degrees. William Jenkins, DVM PhD, Interim President of the Louisiana State University System, and Chancellor Barish delivered concluding remarks.

After receiving their diplomas, School of Medicine graduates took the Oath of Hippocrates reciting in part, "I do solemnly swear by that which I hold most sacred that I will be loyal to the Profession of Medicine and just and generous to its members. That I will lead my life and practice my Art in uprighteousness and honor."

Members of the Class of 1973, the medical school’s first graduating class, were present to commemorate the 40th commencement anniversary.

"The continued success of our academic medical center is shared by all of those who have lent support over the past 40 plus years," said Chancellor Barish. "Hearing the Hippocratic Oath makes me think of the community and medical pioneers whose perseverance led to the founding of the medical school. I am sure those visionaries would be quite proud of the school and its vital role in this community, state and region today."

Addressing the graduates, Dr. Barish said: "You have met the challenges and achieved your goals. Today is a day to celebrate all you have accomplished."

Whitney Leah Carroll of Greenwood has received a Master of Communication Disorders.