As the calendar turns from 2019 to 2020, it will be a big year for LSUA as the University celebrates its 60th anniversary. A lot has happened in those 60 years from the institution’s beginning as a two-year commuter school to a four-year university that is poised to take on the challenges of the future.
Nursing was the first academic program to be offered at LSUA and that was followed by Business Administration, Liberal Arts, and Sciences. Today, these programs continue to form the core of the University’s programs, but LSUA has expanded to include numerous academic offerings, including Criminal Justice, Educations, Psychology and many more. LSUA works closely with community partners to make sure that not only our graduates are prepared for the workplace, but our programs match Central Louisiana workforce needs now and in the future.
However, none of these programs would be possible if it hadn’t been for the battle to make LSUA a four-year university. Thanks to the hard work of faculty, staff and community members, that dream became a reality and helped position LSUA for the future, as well as helping to fuel its growth over the last several years.
In fact, this fall, LSUA will graduate more students than ever before for a single Commencement ceremony. Approximately 300 students will earn their degrees in mid-December, making it the largest graduating class in the history of the University. These graduates will be going into Nursing, Communications, Long-Term Care Administration and many additional fields. Other students will choose to continue their education, but no matter what path is chosen, they will be prepared for their next steps thanks to the education and support received at LSUA.
As we congratulate our fall graduates and look to the spring semester, look for new and exciting things planned by LSUA to celebrate 60 years. We will continue to showcase the University and where it has come from to where it is now and have several special events on campus to welcome back former university employees. Several community events are also in the works, as are the traditional events such as Homecoming and Ms. LSUA, that will both have a 60th anniversary theme to them over the coming months.
Now is a great time to be a part of the excitement on campus and see what all LSUA has to offer both on campus and in terms of online programs, as we look toward an exciting future in Central Louisiana.