May 16, 2014
The LSU Shreveport Spring Commencement ceremony will be held Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 2 p.m. at CenturyLink Center in Bossier City, LA. There will be around 280 degrees awarded to graduates completing programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, and the College of Business, Education and Human Development.
“Over the past few years we have watched these students learn and excel in their fields of study. Now it is time for them to celebrate their accomplishments and start looking to their future,” said Dr. Paul Sisson, Interim Chancellor of LSU Shreveport. “The continued support of family, friends, and dedicated faculty and staff helps to make the success of our graduates an honorable feat. For this, I am truly grateful to all who have made a difference in the lives of our students.”
The commencement address will be given by Mrs. Ollie S. Tyler, retired State Superintendent of Education for the Louisiana Department of Education. Ollie S. Tyler was born and reared in Caddo Parish and received a Bachelor of Science degree from Grambling State University, a Master of Education degree from Louisiana State University, and completed 42 hours of graduate and post baccalaureate work above a Master’s Degree at several universities. She has been an educator for more than 40 years and was appointed as the first woman and first African American to serve as Superintendent of Schools for Caddo Public School System with a population of 44,000 students.
Mrs. Tyler has devoted her life to education and to serving her community. She has been recognized as the 2007 Louisiana Superintendent of the Year, received the Times Newspaper Outstanding Leader Award, the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa National Citation Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award for the Minority Business Council, and received the first annual “JROTC Louisiana Superintendent of the Year Award.” In 2006, Ms. Tyler was inducted into the Jr. Achievement Business Hall of Fame in North Louisiana. She received the 2007 Athena Award for excellence in leadership and service for improving the quality of life for others in her community. In addition, she was selected by the Shreveport Times Newspaper as one of the 10 Most Influential Women in Northwest Louisiana, was recognized as the New Orleans City Business “Woman of the Year,” was a recipient of “Women Who Make A Difference Award” and she received the “Women of Distinction Leadership Award of the Century in North Louisiana.”
Mrs. Tyler served on the Governor’s Education Transition Team in 2004, served on the Governor’s Louisiana Women’s Policy & Research Commission from 2007-2011, and at the national level, she served on the Deputies Leadership Commission’s Executive Committee for State Deputies with the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), and became President-Elect of this Commission in 2011. Her leadership has been recognized in two nationally published educational journals-Education Week and The Administrator.
Mrs. Tyler was appointed as State Deputy Superintendent of Education for the state of Louisiana in August, 2007 and was the first African American to hold this position. On May 16, 2011, Mrs. Tyler became the Acting State Superintendent of Education for Louisiana. In this position, she managed all staff in the Louisiana Department of Education, worked closely with all 70 local school superintendents in Louisiana, worked with the Governor’s Office, State Legislators, the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, and many other stakeholders to implement statewide programs/initiatives to improve the education of approximately 700,000 students.
Louisiana State University in Shreveport is a public university proudly serving the Shreveport-Bossier educational community with 26 undergraduate degree programs and 13 master’s degree programs, and over 70 student organizations. LSUS is a member of the LSU System, and provides a number of centers and institutes that serve as valuable economic development and educational resources to the community, as well as to our students. To find out more about LSUS, call 318-797-5000, or visit www.lsus.edu.