Delgado to Honor 1,418 Graduates at Virtual Commencement on Tuesday, August 4

July 31, 2020

Delgado Community College will confer degrees, diplomas and certificates to 1,418 graduating students on Tuesday, August 4, at 8 a.m. during a virtual Commencement ceremony honoring Spring and Summer graduates.

The ceremony will be streamed online at and via the Delgado Community College YouTube channel. Immediately after the ceremony concludes, a copy of the credential earned will be delivered to each graduate by text and email, with the official document arriving later by mail.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards will address the graduates during the virtual event.

Also addressing those viewing the online Commencement ceremony: Dr. Larissa Littleton-Steib, chancellor of Delgado Community College, and Dr. Monty Sullivan, president of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS).

Harold Gaspard, interim vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost at Delgado, will preside during the ceremony. He will be joined by Elizabeth Shaye Hope, president of the Delgado Faculty Senate, and by the deans of Delgado’s seven academic divisions.

Governor John Bel Edwards was sworn in as the 56th Governor of Louisiana in January 2016. In January 2020, he began serving a second four-year term. 

Because a traditional Commencement ceremony could not be held at this time, graduates are participating in an outdoor Processional at the Delgado City Park Campus in New Orleans. During a reserved time in the morning of Tuesday, August 4, or Wednesday, August 5, each graduate will drive past the Student Life Center to have their name announced, receive their diploma folder and alumni ribbon, and be congratulated by administrators, faculty and staff. Kristopher LaMorte, professor of theater, will announce each graduate’s name.

Social distancing protocols will be strictly maintained during these events.

The virtual Commencement ceremony will be available on the Delgado YouTube channel after the initial streaming. Graduates have been asked to share images of themselves on social media using the hashtag #Delgado2020.

Names of all graduating students will be published in a subsequent communication.