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(source: UL Lafayette News Item: Thu, 12/15/2016)

Eight students will be honored during Fall 2016 Commencement ceremonies as the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Alumni Association's Outstanding Graduates. Every spring and fall semester, deans from eight academic colleges each nominate a student as an Outstanding Graduate, based on leadership, scholarship and service. An Alumni Association selection committee interviews the candidates and selects one to receive the overall award.
The overall Outstanding Graduate will be announced during the Fall Commencement General Assembly on Friday, December 16, at the Cajundome.

Juliane G. Mahoney is the Outstanding Graduate for the Ray P. Authement College of Sciences. She is a biology major with a 3.92 GPA. She has been on the President's and Dean's lists. She received a TOPS Honor Scholarship, a UL Lafayette Academic Scholarship, a Tommy Comeaux Traditional Music Scholarship, a Student Government Association Scholarship, and a David Caffery Mills Scholarship. Mahoney is president of the University's Chi Alpha Christian Ministry, which received the Most Philanthropic Organization at the 2015 Ragin' Recognition Awards ceremony. Mahoney has guided other students through the Department of Biology's mentoring program. She is active in Acadiana's Cajun music scene and art organizations. Mahoney is a guitarist and vocalist with the Angelle Aces, UL Lafayette's Cajun music ensemble. A dancer and choreographer with Lafayette Ballet Theatre, she choreographed ballets for the UL Lafayette Symphony Orchestra for four years.

Mahoney volunteers for Acadiana Symphony Orchestra and Louisiana Folk Roots, a nonprofit cultural preservation organization. She is a member of Redeemer City Church in Lafayette. Mahoney plans to apply for graduate school to study coastal ecology or folklore. She will live, work, and play music in Lafayette. She is the daughter of John and Jill Mahoney of New Iberia, La.

Photo info: Eight UL Lafayette seniors have been recognized as Outstanding Graduates. Seated from left, are: Amelie Desormeaux, College of Liberal Arts; Angelle Patout, College of Nursing and Allied Health Professions; Casey Dugas B.I. Moody III College of Business Administration; and Nataly Kruh Elendt, College of the Arts. Standing, from left, are: Dr. Joseph Savoie, UL Lafayette president; Amanda Sphar, College of Education; Juliane Mahoney, Ray P. Authement College of Sciences; and Benjamin Como, College of Engineering. Not pictured is Erica Didier, University College.