For the past seven years, new students enrolling at the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts (LSMSA) have been a part of a ceremonial tradition in which they enter their names into a register book marking the student’s acceptance into LSMSA’s academic community. During this formal Matriculation Ceremony, members of the Board of Trustees, LSMSA Administrators, lawmakers, dignitaries and faculty welcome new students to its community of scholars.

For the past seven years, new students enrolling at the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts (LSMSA) have been a part of a ceremonial tradition in which they enter their names into a register book marking the student’s acceptance into LSMSA’s academic community. During this formal Matriculation Ceremony, members of the Board of Trustees, LSMSA Administrators, lawmakers, dignitaries and faculty welcome new students to its community of scholars.
Recently, LSMSA honored 143 new students during its Matriculation Ceremony at A.A. Fredericks Auditorium.
“This occasion is designed to recognize students’ accomplishments, reinforce their commitment to LSMSA and encourage them to apply the necessary diligence to persevere until reaching commencement,” Executive Director Dr. Patrick Widhalm said.
Widhalm says the Matriculation Ceremony is second in importance only to the Graduation Ceremony.
“We honor the accomplishments that bring each new student through the admissions process and into LSMSA, and we underscore our commitment to helping each student achieve his or her potential as LSMSA Eagles,” he said.
The guest speaker for the event was Dr. Arthur Williams, a member of the LSMSA English faculty, who told students there can be no real achievement, no real success, without encountering the possibility of failure at some level.
“We want you to grow intellectually, as well as in other respects, and we want you to be able to compete with the best students in the best schools anywhere in the world,” Williams said. “Discomfort in the form of anxiety or loss of confidence is a sign that growth is taking place,
that something important is happening.”
Williams praised the new students for their decision to attend LSMSA and in doing so, to exchange the familiar for the unfamiliar.
“If you stay the course upon which you have started, your courage will be rewarded.”
The new students are comprised of three seniors, 63 juniors and 77 sophomores, which represent 66 percent of the state’s parishes or 42 out of 64 parishes.
For more information on LSMSA, visit www.lsmsa.edu or call 800-259-3173.