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La. Tech's alumni community grows after commencement

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RUSTON, La. (KNOE 8 News) - The Louisiana Tech alumni community can make space for 326 more people.

The school held its 302nd Commencement Exercise at the Thomas Assembly Center.

University leaders handed out 329 degrees. Three students walked the stage with two-degrees.

There were 13 doctoral degrees conferred and eight summa cum laude graduates (3.9-4.0 GPA), 13 magna cum laude graduates (3.70-3.89 GPA), 16 cum laude graduates (3.5-3.69) and two Distinction Associate Degree graduates (3.7-4.0 GPA).

Graduates were able to hear from Phyllis Taylor, who started a program to help financially in-state students afford college. What's known as the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students, or TOPS, now plays a key role in the lives of college students in the Bayou State.

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