John Warner Smith is the second University of Louisiana at Lafayette graduate in a row designated Louisiana Poet Laureate.
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette will award an honorary doctorate to a longtime advocate for education during Fall 2018 Commencement ceremonies.
Dr. Joseph Savoie, UL Lafayette president, will present an honorary degree to Winfred Sibille during the General Assembly. That event will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 14, at the Cajundome.
Sibille’s decades-long contributions to education in Louisiana are extensive.
He has been a member of the University of Louisiana System’s Board of Supervisors since 1995. During his tenure, Sibille has held many leadership roles, including chairman of the board. He is the longest-serving board member in UL System history.
Sibille served on the Louisiana Student Financial Assistance Commission. The commission oversees TOPS scholarships and Go Grants for college students.
His commitment to elementary and secondary education in the state includes work as a teacher, principal, assistant superintendent and legislative consultant for the Louisiana School Boards Association.
The Louisiana Association of School Executives recognized Sibille as State Educator of the Year in 1989.
Sibille is a graduate of Sunset High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in education in 1951 from Southwestern Louisiana Institute, now known as UL Lafayette. He earned a master’s degree in education from LSU. He holds a master’s degree-plus 30 graduate hours from LSU, Nicholls State and UL Lafayette.
Learn more about Fall 2018 Commencement at commencement.louisiana.edu.