Tech COES signs more than 100 academic superstars on Commitment Day

Louisiana Tech University’s College of Engineering and Science (COES) hosts its Commitment Day signing event April 15-16, with top-tier high school students committing to pursue their academic careers in engineering and science as a Bulldog. Photo by CLOEY ASHWORTH/Louisiana Tech University

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More than 100 top academic prospects from around the country on Friday and Saturday committed to join Louisiana Tech University’s College of Engineering and Science (COES) Class of 2025.

Modeled after National Signing Day for athletics, Commitment Day is a celebration to showcase the achievements of the students that are joining engineering and science programs at Louisiana Tech.

The College welcomed nearly 100 prospective undergraduate students to its fifth annual Commitment Day celebration on campus at the Integrated Engineering and Science Building (IESB) in Ruston, while another 32 students have committed virtually already.

Applicants who earned qualifying scores on the ACT were invited to attend an on-campus session with their families — where they could meet with Louisiana Tech faculty and leaders including COES Dean Hisham Hegab and COES Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies Heath Tims — or to complete the ceremony online by signing the certificate of commitment and sending it along with a photo of themselves signing the paperwork to COES Admissions Specialist Leslie Brister.

“Commitment Day is always an exciting time for our incoming students, but also for our College,” Tims said. “These students have proven themselves in the classroom and in all that they have done to prepare for coming here, and it is great to be able to celebrate them as they formally commit to joining our programs.”

“Commitment Day is always a special time,” Brister added, “but I think this year, more so than others. These students have had a less-than-normal senior year. It was great to celebrate them in person and welcome them to the Tech and COES family.”

To allow for social distancing, the on-campus event, sponsored by Graphics Packaging International, was held in three sessions on Thursday and Friday. Commits signed letters of commitment to the University and College, had their photos taken, received COES swag, took placement exams, and attended a reception celebrating their success with their families and Tech faculty.

Each student who completed the ceremony, either in-person or online, will pursue a degree in one of 14 majors: biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, chemistry, civil engineering, computer science, construction engineering technology, cyber engineering, electrical engineering, industrial engineering, instrumentation and controls systems engineering technology, mathematics and statistics, mechanical engineering, nanosystems engineering, or physics.

Prospective students can still complete the ceremony online. Those wishing to commit to earn an undergraduate Engineering and Science degree at Louisiana Tech should contact the COES Office of Undergraduate Studies at coesugs@latech.edu.


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