The top graduates from Northwestern State University's College of Nursing and School of Allied Health and the College of Business and Technology were recognized during afternoon commencement ceremonies Friday.

The top graduates from Northwestern State University’s College of Nursing and School of Allied Health and the College of Business and Technology were recognized during afternoon commencement ceremonies Friday.

The summa cum laude graduates maintained 4.0 grade point averages.

Pictured are (from left) Daniel James of Natchitoches, commencement speaker and NSU alumna Nicole Vasquez, Louisiana’s 2016 High School Teacher of the Year; Ashton Averitt of Hornbeck and NSU President Dr. Jim Henderson.