Tyler Choate, son of Jodi and Donni of Abbeville, is the Outstanding Graduate for the College of Liberal Arts. He is a Speech Pathology and Audiology major who has attained a 3.762 GPA. Choate has been a member of the National Blue Key Honor Society, Communicate Disorders Honor Society, PHi Kappa Phi, and the UL Honors Program. He has been named Outstanding student in Communicative Disorders, Outstanding Graduate in Communicative Disorders as well as the President’s and Dean’s list numerous times.

Choate also earned the Ronald E. McNair Research Scholar award, TOPS Honors award, UL Centennial Scholarship, UL High School Valedictorian Scholarship, Harmon F. Roy Endowed Scholarship in Communicative Disorders, SGA Scholarship, UL Foundation Scholarship and the Liberal Arts A.L. Barcelona Endowed Scholarship.

Choate has also been on the Student Orientation Staff, where he served as leader and leadership team member and SOUL Camp Staff, Sigma Nu Fraternity, Eta Nu Colony, SGA Senator, Quality Enhancement Program peer mentor, and Louisiana Speech, Language, and Hearing Association. He has also volunteered for the Autism Society of Acadiana, Lafayette Parish Public School System Hearing Screenings and Conservation Outreach, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Relay for Life, Campus Clean Up, Bayou Vermilion Clean Up and Habitat for Humanity. For his hard work both in out of the classroom, Choate was nominated for the Outstanding fraternity Man Community Service Award.

Choate has been accepted into the Communicative Disorders Program in UL’s Graduate Program but may want to travel abroad as a literacy interventionist. He would like to continue working in neurogenic communication disorders, such as aphasia and teach at his alma mater one day.

A total of eight students will be honored as the UL Alumni Association’s Outstanding Graduates from their respective academic colleges. Each semester deans from the eight academic colleges nominate a student as an Outstanding Graduate based on leadership, scholarship and service. A selection committee with the Alumni Association interviews each candidate and selects one for the overall award.

The overall winner will be announced during the General Assembly Commencement on May 14 at the Cajundome. The event starts at 9 AM.

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