UL and the Lafayette Consolidated Government honored a group of UL international graduate students from 8 different countries at a farewell luncheon recently at Lafayette Economic Development Authority (LEDA) before their graduation on May 14.

Le Centre International de Lafayette, the international trade division of the Lafayette Consolidated Government organized the event and co-hosted it with LEDA.

The students were welcomed by Gregg Gothreaux, CEO and president of LEDA. City-Parish President Joey Durel and UL President E. Joseph Savoie presented “Goodwill Ambassador of Lafayette” certificates and UL lapel pins to each of the 15 students.

The purpose of the luncheon was to wish the students well and also encourage them to maintain and strengthen their ties to the community. “You will always have a home here in Lafayette and at UL,” said Savoie. “I hope you will remember your experiences fondly. By studying here and being a part of this University, you’ve enriched the environment for our native students."

During the lunch, a presentation by Gothreaux emphasized the assets of Lafayette as a place to live and a place to do business.  Durel addressed the group and said, “We thank you for choosing our great University, and hope some of you might decide to stay here in Lafayette.”

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