French ambassador to address UL-Lafayette graduates

François Delattre, the French ambassador to the U.S., will be the speaker for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s fall commencement general assembly at 11 a.m. Friday at the Cajundome.

All graduates convene for the mid-morning general assembly where doctoral degrees will be conferred. Master’s and bachelor’s degrees will be conferred at ceremonies for each academic college.

About 1,200 students will receive degrees during Friday ceremonies.

Delattre was appointed ambassador to the United States in February 2011 after serving as ambassador to Canada from 2008-2011.

His prior diplomatic posts include: consul general in New York from 2004-2008 and press and communications director at the French Embassy in Washington, D.C., from 1998-2002.

Delattre was a member of former French President Jacques Chirac’s foreign policy team from 1995-1998, and was responsible for European and trans-Atlantic defense and security matters and managing the Bosnian crisis.

Academic college ceremonies are listed below by location:


8 a.m. College of Education

1:30 p.m. B.I. Moody III College of Business Administration

4 p.m. College of Liberal Arts

Cajundome Convention Center — Festival Ballroom (Second floor)

8 a.m. Ray P. Authement College of Sciences

Cajundome Convention Center — Exhibit Hall B (First floor)

8 a.m. College of Nursing and Allied Health Professions

1:30 p.m. College of General Studies

4 p.m. College of Engineering

Angelle Hall (Main campus)

8 a.m. College of the Arts