Northwestern State University honored summa cum laude graduates from the College of Arts and Sciences, the Gallaspy College of Education and Human Development and Louisiana Scholars’ College during morning commencement exercises Friday. On the front row from left are NSU President Dr. Jim Henderson, Dr. James Knecht, recipient of an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters; Brooke Anderson of Mansura, Katie Morrow of Many and Bailey LeBato of Leesville and commencement speaker Louisiana Gov. Jon Bel Edwards, commencement speaker. On the second row are Rebecca Price of Mandeville, Alison Mitchell of Mabank, Texas; Kimberly Mossier of Bossier City, Hannah Fulton of Many, Miranda Craft of Leesville, Haley Rhodes of Deville, Kari Graham of Oakdale, McKenzie Kay of Natchitoches, Blake Lemoyne of Port Allen and Amber Blanchard of Springfield. On the third row are Brittany James of Marksville, Scott Laborde of Marksville, Christian Smith of Kenner, Karensa Bray of Shreveport, McKenzi Gordano of Bossier City, Marie Hebert of Maurice and Natalya Krutova of Natchitoches. On the fourth row are Michael Williams of Florien, Keith Niette of Natchitoches, Zachary Rhodes of Haughton, Danielle Veuleman of Olla, Danielle Carter of Pineville, Arianna Robichaux of Thibodaux and Blake Schouest of Des Allemands. On the back row are Zoe of Barnett of Marshall, Texas; William Keran of Natchitoches, Anna Gould of Shreveport, Katherine Danna of Denham Springs and Logan Schlatre of Baton Rouge.