Lamar State College Orange Breaks Record for Number of Spring Graduates

Spring 2021 Grad Demographics

May 10, 2020

Despite a challenging year full of a global pandemic, two hurricanes within a 6-week period, and a disruptive winter storm, Lamar State College Orange (LSCO) will graduate 175 students on May 15th; an all-time record for a Spring graduation. In fact, this number represents a 40% increase over last year’s number of Spring graduates.

“If the students at Lamar State College Orange are one thing, it’s resilient. Despite a year of unthinkable challenges, more students than ever committed to – and followed through – on their dreams of achieving their educational goals. We couldn’t be prouder to celebrate their record-breaking accomplishments this Saturday at graduation,” said President Thomas Johnson, Ed.D.

This graduation also breaks the Spring record for number of degrees conferred, with 263 awards, a 25% increase over last year’s May graduation. Of those degrees, 94 are Associate Degrees, 134 are Certificates, and 35 are Institutional Awards. The average Grade Point Average of the group is 3.05.

Further, 78% of this graduation class is first-generation college students. 53% of the cohort will graduate with an academic degree and 47% will graduate with a technical degree. The group was almost evenly split with 49% full-timers and 51% part-time students.

This Saturday will also see the graduation of the first Early College High School cohort from West Orange-Stark High School. These ten high school students have taken college courses from 9th-12th grade and will graduate with an Associate Degree before they graduate high school.

Due to social distancing needs, LSCO will hold its graduation this Saturday, May 15th, at the Carl A. Parker Multipurpose Center on the campus of Lamar State College Port Arthur, with ceremonies at 1pm and 3pm.

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Additional demographics:
57% female, 43% male
Student age - youngest: 17, oldest: 52, average: 24
Residency - 82% Orange County, 6% Jefferson County, 5% Hardin County, 4% Jasper County, 3% Louisiana