Louisiana Commissioner of Higher Education to speak at LSMSA’s 39th commencement ceremony

The Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts (LSMSA) will hold its 39th commencement ceremony to honor the class of 2023 on Saturday, May 20 at 2 p.m. in Northwestern State University’s Prather Coliseum. Serving as guest speaker is Dr. Kim Hunter Reed, Louisiana’s Commissioner of Higher Education.


Working with the Louisiana Board of Regents, Dr. Reed leads the state’s talent development efforts, focused on increasing educational attainment, erasing equity gaps, and increasing prosperity. To reach the state’s goal of doubling the annual number of credentials awarded by 2030, she focuses on transformational policies and deep collaborative engagement in line with Regents’ talent imperative. In support of that vision, Louisiana’s institutions are focused on strengthening the state’s education-to-employment pipeline, accelerating student success, reskilling and training those seeking new career opportunities, finding solutions through research and discovery, and contributing significantly to the state’s post-pandemic economic recovery.

“I am honored to serve as the commencement speaker for LSMSA and look forward to celebrating the accomplishments of some of Louisiana’s most talented high school graduates,” said Dr. Reed. “It took hard work and determination to reach this point and I know big things lie ahead for each of them. I can’t wait to applaud their success and recognize the family and faculty who have been right there, lending support.”

In 2022, Governor John Bel Edwards named Reed as Chair of the Louisiana Cybersecurity Commission. A nationally recognized student advocate, she has led the Colorado Department of Higher Education, served in President Barack Obama’s administration as deputy undersecretary at the U.S. Department of Education, and led the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

LSMSA is a tuition-free, residential, public high school for high-achieving rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors with a nominal room and board fee to cover housing, meals, and campus activities. The LSMSA Foundation offers assistance for families in need. For more information about the Louisiana School or to apply for the upcoming school year, visit www.LSMSA.edu.