By Holly Penta
The Louisiana Scholars’ College held its annual Thesis Barbeque May 3 in celebration of the seniors finishing their thesis and their upcoming graduation. This event is purely celebratory, according to Dr. Holly Stave, assistant director and English professor at the college. The barbeque gives each of the students their own moment in the spotlight and allows them to relax after their stressful thesis defenses. They all chose a faculty mentor, usually their thesis reader, to “roast/toast” them and were each awarded a superlative.
The seniors all took turns placing their hand on the head of the statue of Molière, the 17th centry playwright that has become the unofficial mascot of Scholars’. They recited their thesis title along with their plans for next year. Some are headed to graduate school, some to the workforce, and some are taking a gap year. After that, Director of Scholars’ College Dr. Kirsten Bartels dressed as a Jedi Knight and officially declared each student educated. She knighted them with a lightsaber, marking the end of their time at Scholars’ College.
Photos by Dr. James Picht
The Scholars’ College is the state-designated honors college of Louisiana. It is unique among academic institutions in the state, and possibly even in the nation. It offers a low faculty-to-student ratio, a close-knit community, and supportive faculty that are committed to student success. Most of its classes are taught seminar-style in which ideas are exchanged in an open and supportive environment. There are also opportunities for internships, undergraduate research, and study abroad.