Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Spring 2024 Graduates Receive Life Advice at Commencement

by BIZ Magazine

RUSTON, LA — The number of Louisiana Tech graduates reached 114,892 on Saturday as 1,076 new alumni gathered with friends and families in the Thomas Assembly Center for two ceremonies marking the end of the academic year.

Frank Bright, a Class of ’65 chemical engineering graduate and four-year letterman in Tech track and cross country, delivered the keynote address at both the morning and afternoon ceremonies. Bright, who has run over 20 Boston Marathons, hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and back this month, and logged more than 62,200 miles since 1979, shared his disciplined approach to life with the graduates.

Bright structured his speech around three main points: “Follow your bliss,” “Stay physically fit,” and “Life isn’t fair.” He illustrated each piece of advice with anecdotes from his life, from pursuing his passions through law school to maintaining his health into his eighties. He engaged the audience by encouraging them to repeat his key points and emphasized the importance of keeping a journal, calling it “point 2.5” of his main ideas.

“I’m truly grateful for this opportunity to speak to you today,” Bright concluded. “Congratulations and best wishes in your future endeavors.”

This commencement was particularly special for most of the graduates, as it was their first in-person ceremony; many 2020 high school graduations were held virtually due to COVID-19.

Louisiana Tech President Jim Henderson highlighted the significance of the occasion, with each ceremony featuring energetic touches such as arena lights flashing red and blue and streamers raining down on the crowd. This commencement is likely to be especially memorable for the Class of 2024.

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