2009 graduates ready for any storm

No one needed to give the 2009 graduating class from Xavier University of Louisiana and Loyola University New Orleans advice about weathering storms.

The students, who started their freshman year just days before Hurricane Katrina ripped through New Orleans, were scattered across the country as “The Big Easy” remained underwater and struggled to get back on its feet.

When classes finally resumed, many of the college students returned and now live to tell the tale of Katrina survival.

Xavier’s senior class aptly took the theme “From Storm to Stage” for their graduating year. At Loyola University’s May 9 graduation, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal told graduates to wear the moniker “Katrina class” with pride because it speaks of their determination, endurance and commitment.

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