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UL System board member Coudrain to address Southeastern grads

Contact: Christina Chapple


Andre Coudrain

      HAMMOND – Hammond attorney Andre Coudrain, a member of the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors, will deliver the keynote address at Southeastern Louisiana University’s spring commencement on Saturday, May 13.

      Southeastern will confer associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees on nearly 1,035 students at the 10 a.m. ceremony in the University Center. Also at the event, the university will recognize its 50,000th graduate.

      Coudrain was appointed in 1996 to board of the UL System, the governing board of Southeastern and the largest university system in Louisiana. He has served as chairman of the board, vice chairman, chairman of the Finance Committee and chairman of the Athletic Committee. He was reappointed to a six-year term in 2002.

      In addition to maintaining a private practice of general civil law, Coudrain is the Hammond city attorney and serves as the chief legal advisor to the mayor of Hammond, the Hammond City Council and the city’s boards and commissions. He has been an active volunteer for Louisiana Special Olympics, having served as chairman for four years. He is a founding member of CASA Services, Inc. (Court Appointed Special Advocates, now Child Advocacy Services) and served as chairman of its board of directors.

      A native of New Orleans, as a Southeastern student he was elected president of the Student Government Association and served as a student representative on the Louisiana Board of Trustees for State Colleges and Universities. He received his undergraduate degree in government from Southeastern in 1979 and the juris doctorate degree from Loyola University School of Law in 1983. He has received numerous awards and recognitions, including being named the 2002 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year by the Southeastern College of Arts and Sciences and 2003 Man of the Year by the Junior Auxiliary of Hammond.

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