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VIDEO - Katrina Class Tribute "From the Storm to the Stage"

“From the Storm to the Stage” was their senior class theme and it aptly describes the experience of the 2009 graduating class.As freshmen in August 2005, many of these students not only experienced their first New Orleans hurricane, but the worst natural disaster in New Orleans’ recent history. Here is their story.

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VIDEO - Musical Performance: Robert Graham and Crystal Morris
Graduating senior Robert Graham is joined at 2009 Commencement by fellow student Crystal Morris ('12) accompanied by Jeoffre Duplessis ('11) on piano for a stirring rendition of "The Prayer" from "Quest for Camelot."
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VIDEO - Donna Brazile: Conferral of Honorary Degree and Keynote Address
National political strategist and commencement speaker Donna Brazile receives her honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree and addresses the graduates.
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VIDEO - Forest Whitaker: Conferral of Honorary Degree and Remarks
Forest Whitaker, one of Hollywood’s most accomplished actor, director and producer, receives his honorary Doctor of Arts and Humane Letters degree and offers his remarks.
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VIDEO - Faculty Excellence Awards
Six faculty members were presented the inaugural Norman C. Francis Faculty Excellence Awards, designed to bestow the highest honors annually to faculty members who exemplify first rate performance in the areas of teaching, scholarship and service.
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