Louisiana Tech University conferred 253 degrees on new graduates in the Summer 2023 Commencement ceremony at the Thomas Assembly Center, the University’s 345th commencement overall.
Dr. Hisham Hegab, retiring College of Engineering and Science (COES) dean and a 1989 graduate of Tech, delivered the commencement address. Hegab was named dean in July 2014 after serving as interim dean of the College during the 2013-2014 academic year.
He offered Tech’s newest alumni three key ways to live their life after their graduation.
“During this speech, I hope to provide you with three pieces of advice to take with you,” Hegab said. “Number one, take the time to fully appreciate the important moments in life… Number two, be open to opportunities that life places in your path… Lastly, make serving others part of the mission of your life.”
He also told the graduates to realize the importance of their significant opportunities and savor the new journeys they will embark on.
“Remember there is a beautiful life ahead of you with opportunities to experience joy, growth, and servanthood,” Hegab said. “May you find fulfillment and purpose while pursuing your dreams.”
During the ceremony, President Les Guice announced he had designated Hegab as dean emeritus and professor emeritus of the College of Engineering and Science in recognition of his exceptional service, leadership, and dedication to the University during his 28 years of guiding, researching, and teaching.
Also in the ceremony, Jeffrey Pike was honored with the Distinguished Service Award for his work as a COES senior lecturer and a head commencement marshal for the University. Pike served as an officer in the United States Army for 22 years.