Eight students were recognized as outstanding Spring 2022 graduates from UL Lafayette.
Olivia Guidry is the Distinguished Graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Guidry is one of eight award finalists to be honored on Friday and Saturday Spring 2022 opening celebrations . Individual ceremonies for UL Lafayette’s eight academic colleges and graduate school are held at the Cajundome and the Cajundome Convention Center.
Each spring and fall semester, the deans of the university’s faculty nominate one student as an outstanding graduate student. Nominations are based on leadership, scholarship and service. An Alumni Association committee interviews candidates and selects one to receive the overall award.
Guidry is not only the overall winner of the spring semester, but also represents the Fine Arts College as an outstanding graduate. She is studying political science and English in a double degree. Her GPA is 4.0.
Guidry has twice won a Crisler-Levine Best Paper Award presented by the Department of Political Science. She was co-captain of the university’s speech and debate team. As a member of the Moot Court team, she placed in the top 10 student speakers at national qualifying tournaments.
She was executive director of The Big Event, which promotes charity projects for students. Guidry worked in the university chancellery office. She was a legal assistant in a law firm. Guidry did an internship at a strategic issues consulting firm, where he assisted in political communications, strategy and event planning.
She will study law. Guidry is considering offers from Washington University in St. Louis, the Catholic University of America, Tulane University, Loyola University New Orleans and LSU. Her parents are Keith and Charlotte Guidry from Henderson.
Here’s a look at the remaining outstanding graduates of Spring 2022.
Lindsey Brooke Batten is an Outstanding Graduate Finalist for university. She is studying general education with a focus on business administration. Batten has a grade point average of 3.97.
She was on the President’s and Dean’s lists. Batten has received numerous scholarships, including the University’s Transfer Scholarship and the General Studies Alumni Scholarship. She also received the TOPS Honor Award.
Batten is involved in community service, including volunteering at the Rayne Animal Shelter.
Her future plans include working as a wedding event planner. Batten also intends to enroll in the university’s MBA program. She dreams of becoming an entrepreneur.
Batten is the daughter of Mitchell Batten and Shelley Batten by Rayne.
Madeleine Angerdina is an Outstanding Graduate Finalist for the Ray P. Authement College of Science . She studies mathematics with a major in political science and economics. Her GPA is 4.0.
Angerdina was selected as the Center for Undergraduate Research in Mathematics Scholar. She was among eight students who placed second in the Mathematical Association of America regional competition.
Angerdina has served as vice president of the Math Society, vice president of finance for Alpha Delta Pi, and secretary and treasurer of the Young Democratic Socialists of America.
She is a member of Students for the Advancement of Women, Association for Women in Mathematics, Student Public Policy Organization and Students for the Autism Society.
Angerdina conducted research for the Faculty of Mathematics and the Kathleen Babineaux Blanco Public Policy Center.
She will work in data analysis and is pursuing a master’s degree in public policy. Her parents are Colleen Angerdina from Madisonville and David Angerdina from Covington.
Peyton Bailey is an Outstanding Graduate Finalist for the College for Engineers . He is studying Civil Engineering with a minor in Mathematics. His GPA is 4.0.
Bailey has conducted research in the fields of materials design and materials engineering. He was president of the student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Bailey led several student teams in regional engineering ASCE competitions in the fields of concrete and steel design and construction.
During internships at several companies, he worked on environmental, hydrological and structural projects for municipalities. Bailey also helped manage specifications, drawings and purchasing for a project at the Grasberg mine in Indonesia.
He was President of the Student Chapter of the Chi Epsilon National Honor Society and College Ambassador for the Student Center for Research, Creativity and Scholarship.
Bailey will work for CH Fenstermaker and Associates in New Orleans on modeling for the Louisiana Watershed Initiative. His parents are Toby Bailey and Christi Bailey of New Iberia.
Natalie Broussard is an Outstanding Graduate Finalist for the College of the Arts. She is a music student with a focus on singing. Her grade point average is 3.87
Broussard received the Presser Foundation’s Undergraduate Scholar Award. The foundation is located in Philadelphia; it supports music and music education. She has also received awards from the Louisiana Chapter of the National Association for Teachers of Singing and the Southern Region Chapter of the Associations.
Broussard was Vice President of the UL Lafayette Choirs and a member of the UL Lafayette Opera Theater and the Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity.
She has conducted numerous concerts and performances on and off campus. Broussard was cantor at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and Saint Basil Catholic Church. She also gives private lessons.
Broussard will enroll at the University of Houston this fall to pursue a post-baccalaureate music education certification. Her parents are Yvette Weber and Steven Broussard from Lafayette.
Madilynn Bulot is the Outstanding Graduate Finalist for the BI Moody III College of Business Administration. She is an economist with a GPA of 4.0.
Bulot worked at UL Lafayette’s Kathleen Babineaux Blanco Public Policy Center. She assisted in researching the staff program and assisted in researching Kinship Navigator Program projects for the center.
Bulot presented her bachelor’s thesis at the university’s Undergraduate Research Conference and conducted economic research. She has served as President of the University’s Economics Club and Vice President of the Law Club.
Bulot did an internship with a legislature in Washington, DC; She was also a page in the Louisiana House of Representatives. Bulot will attend law school and plans to combine her expertise in law, public policy and economics to work in a law firm or become a law professor or judge.
Her parents are Melissa and Coley Johnson from Denham Springs and Mark and Katie Bulot from Zachary.
Ashley Latiolais is an Outstanding Graduate Finalist for the Pedagogical college . She is an elementary school teacher with a GPA of 4.0.
Latiolais represented the college as President and Senator of the Student Government Association. She has twice been recognized as Peer Mentor of the Year for the University’s Office of First-Year Experience.
Latiolais was a member of the campus chapter of the Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana, which supports 20,000 teachers, counselors, psychologists, librarians, educational assistants and others in public schools.
She worked in the Educational Materials Center of the Curriculum and Instruction Department. The center houses K-12 textbooks, young adult literature, reference books, journals, and audiovisual materials.
Her interests include educational leadership and consulting. Latiolais will teach English in Europe and then pursue a Masters and a PhD. She is the daughter of Richard and Nicole Latiolais of Breaux Bridge.
Jaden Romero is an Outstanding Graduate Finalist for the University of Nursing and Health Sciences . He is a nursing major with a 3.3 GPA.
Romero was a student focus group leader for the research project “Determining the Difference in Bedside vs. Remote Observation of Patient Simulation”. His other research has focused on alcohol use and prevention among adolescents; childhood adversities and health outcomes; and improving the patient experience.
Romero has served on the Council on Undergraduate Research and served on the Dean’s Advisory Council. He was a student ambassador for the Student Center for Research, Creativity and Scholarship.
Romero was an assistant doctor at the Ochsner University Hospital. He plans to work as a registered nurse to gain medical-surgical experience; His ultimate goal is to pursue a career in oncology.
Romero is the son of Sean and Melissa Romero from Abbeville.
Caption: The University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Spring 2022 distinguished graduates are, from left: Madeleine Angerdina, Ray P. Authement College of Sciences; Natalie Broussard, College of the Arts; Lindsey Brooke Batten, University College; Peyton Bailey, College of Engineering; Madilynn Bulot, BI Moody III Business School; Jaden Romero, College of Nursing and Health Sciences; Ashley Latiolais, College of Education; and overall outstanding graduate Olivia Guidry, College of Liberal Arts. (Photo credit: Rachel Rafati / University of Louisiana at Lafayette)