Chabert to deliver keynote speech during Nicholls’ 105th commencement ceremony

A Nicholls lifer will be giving the commencement speech that sends Nicholls graduates off into the real world following their December graduation.



State Senator and Nicholls alumnus Norbért “Norby” Chabert will deliver the keynote speech during the 105th commencement ceremony on Dec. 14.

Graduation will be split into three ceremonies. The College of Business Administration and the College of Nursing will be at 9 a.m., the College of Liberal Arts and the Chef John Folse Culinary Institute at noon and the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences and the College of Sciences and Technology at 3 p.m.

Senator Chabert will attend all three and will share stories of his love for the university and also how the knowledge learned at Nicholls can unlock pathways into the future.



Chabert is finishing a 10-year run as the District 20 State Senator, representing south Lafourche, south Terrebonne and parts of Thibodaux.

“My message to graduates will be one that conveys what it means to come from where we do, endure what we endure along the coast and how the Nicholls experience fully prepares us for success in the next chapter of our lives,” Chabert said.

Chabert graduated from Nicholls in 2001 with a degree in government. He’s a Bayou Petite Caillou native who has had impacts locally in the political realm and also in business.



During the ceremony, Chabert will receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters, recognizing his contributions to Nicholls, higher education and South Louisiana.

“I’m humbled beyond words,” he said. “I love Nicholls, and all that it has done for my family and me personally. I will forever aspire to live up to this distinguished honor.”