Class of 2021 graduates from LSU Health Shreveport

Students graduate from LSU Health Shreveport.
Students graduate from LSU Health Shreveport.(KSLA)
Updated: May. 21, 2021 at 5:40 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - Friends and family gathered at the Shreveport Convention Center to celebrate LSU Health Shreveport’s graduating class of 2021.

After years of hard work, more than 200 graduates walked across the stage to receive their diplomas. Several students even received their degrees from their parents.

“I would like to say to my fellow graduates: congratulations!” Class President Conner Rougelot said. “We did it! Despite the countless hours studying in the library, dissecting in a lab or blasting through a podcasted lecture at two and a half speed. Board exams, shelf exams, and the early mornings and late nights spent in the hospital when you didn’t even see the sun. You made it. For that you should be exceptionally proud.”

Graduates say despite the challenges of a global pandemic, they are excited to head into the next stage of their careers.

Students also heard from District 5 Congresswoman Julia Letlow, who’s late husband was treated at Ochsner LSU Health for COVID-19.

“My late husband, Luke, had a favorite saying that guided how he lived his life and how we led our family,” said Letlow. “It holds true in almost every scenario: win the day. Today is a day that you will always remember and you most certainly have won. It’s a time of immense celebration and honestly you deserve it. Heroes have always emerged from your profession and this global pandemic is no exception. I can imagine this time has tested you in ways you could have never predicted. You have seen heroes, worked alongside them and become heroes yourself.”

Katie Firth will be heading to UAB in Birmingham, Alabama for orthopedic surgery. Mae Lobrano will soon be starting her pediatric residency at the University of Virginia. Both describe the past year as unique but are thankful for the friends they’ve made and support they’ve had along the way.

“We are very excited,” Lobrano said. “It’s a long time coming and we can’t believe the day is finally here. Especially with COVID, we are just so happy to be here. A lot of challenges, a lot of flexibility, but I couldn’t have gone through it with better friends. They are the best. We love the people that we have met here.”

“We have made some of the best friends and a lot of us are close with our staff and administration,” Firth said. “It’s one big family here at LSU Shreveport.”

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