Grambling State University awarded James Carter the honorary degree, doctorate of laws, during its 2019 winter commencement ceremony. Carter received the university’s highest honors for his accomplishments as an attorney and public servant.

“Throughout his prolific law career, Mr. Carter has always dedicated time to public service and it’s my honor to confer his honorary doctorate ,” Grambling State University President Rick Gallot said. “During his four years of service to the University of Louisiana System Board, he has been a staunch supporter of Grambling. He is committed to seeing progress on our campus and was especially crucial in securing plans for our state-of-the-art library scheduled to open next year.”

Carter, a graduate of Howard University and Howard University School of Law, is a nationally lauded attorney. He served on the New Orleans City Council and is a current member of the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System.

“James Carter has served an integral leadership role on our Board the past three years. His wise counsel, his passion, and his tireless advocacy have influenced the growth and health of our nine member institutions,” UL System President and CEO Jim Henderson said. “I can’t think of a more deserving person for this honor.”

Carter has been part of the Board’s leadership the past three years, serving two years as parliamentarian and a year as vice chair. This month his peers elected him to serve a second term as vice chair which he begins in January.

“James’ enthusiasm and tenacity as vice chairman are unmatched,” UL System Board Chairman Mark Romero said. “His values are exemplified through his passion for students, commitment to equity, and enthusiasm for realizing a better Louisiana.”

To emphasize and preserve their value, rules of the Board of Supervisors of the University of Louisiana System allow its nine member institutions, including Grambling, to award only two honorary doctoral degrees annually.

Caption: Grambling President Rick Gallot, left, presents James Carter with honorary doctorate during Grambling commencement.