The Times-Picayune

Southern University of New Orleans has chosen former three-term U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu to serve as its 2015 commencement speaker May 9 at the Kiefer Lakefront Arena.

In a release announcing the event, SUNO noted that Landrieu’s efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina aided the university’s recovery.

After the storm, Landrieu helped orchestrate a $44 million low-interest loan for SUNO to build a 699-bed student and faculty housing facility. “The loan — again thanks to Landrieu — has been forgiven,” the release said.

Last year, SUNO’s principal commencement speaker was Johnny C. Taylor Jr., president and CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

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