LaForge to address Delta State grads
Delta State University President William N. LaForge will deliver the keynote address at the university’s 2013 Spring Commencement on Saturday, May 4, at 10 a.m., inside Walter Sillers Coliseum on the campus. President Emeritus Dr. John M. Hilpert will preside over the graduation ceremony.
LaForge, who began his tenure as Delta State’s eighth president on April 15, is looking forward to this year’s ceremony. “Spring Commencement will be a joyful celebration of student achievement,” he said. “I look forward conducting the ceremony with President Hilpert.”
LaForge has enjoyed a career in both the public and private sectors, spanning the fields of law, government, higher education and public policy. He was principal of LaForge Government Relations in Washington, D.C. and served as senior legislative counsel to Republican and Democratic lawmakers in both houses of Congress. He was chief counsel of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture and culminated his government career as Chief Legislative Counsel and Chief of Staff to United States Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi. Previously, he served as Congressional Liaison for the Peace Corps and as a legislative assistant to Mississippi Congressman David Bowen. He has also advised and organized political campaigns for major office holders in both political parties.