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State Senator gives commencement speech at Nicholls’ 105th ceremony

State Senator gives commencement speech at Nicholls’ 105th ceremony


THIBODAUX, La. — State Senator and Nicholls State University alumnus Norbert “Norby” Chabert delivered the keynote speech during the 105th commencement ceremony Saturday.

Graduation was split into three ceremonies for the 615 graduates who walked across the stage to receive diplomas at Stopher Gymnasium in Thibodaux.

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

Chabert graduated from Nicholls with a degree in government in 2001. The Bayou Petite Caillou native was elected to represent District 20 in the Louisiana State Senate in 2009. The district had been previously held by his father, Leonard Chabert, and brother, Marty Chabert.

During the ceremony, Chabert received an honorary doctorate of humane letters which recognized his contributions to Nicholls, higher education and south Louisiana.

After 10 years in office, the Republican senator is leaving public service at the end of the session after reaching his term limit.

Chabert, who graduated in 2001 with a degree in government, told graduates that Nicholls will always be part of who they are.

“Your story’s just starting,” Chabert said. “You don’t have to be here. Your mom, dad, grandma, teacher or boss didn’t make you come. You came every day. You had the self-discipline to wake up over and over again to accomplish your goal. No university in the state of Louisiana has a story like Nicholls. The entirety of the story is written because of people like you, me, my father and your parents and grandparents who were first-generation students.”