The Last Lecture

What wisdom would you try to impart to the world if you knew it was your last chance?

On September 18, 2007, Carnegie Mellon professor and alumnus Randy Pausch delivered a one-of-a-kind last lecture that made the world stop and pay attention. At the end of the spring semester, prior to Commencement, a TAMUG Faculty member will deliver a topic as if it was the "last lecture" they could ever give in recognition of our graduating students.

The senior class nominates the Faculty that they would like hear most and the Last Lecture Committee, comprised of Students, Staff, and Faculty, vote to make the final selection.

Students, their families, Faculty, and Staff are invited to join us as an esteemed member of our Faculty challenges us to think deeply about what really matters. A photographer will be present to take photos of students with any faculty or staff member that has mentored them or contributed in some way to their collegiate success.

The 2016 Last Lecture

Speaker TBD

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

OCSB 142
4:00 PM

Reception to follow

Hosted by
The Office of Academic Enhancement



Previous Last Lectures at TAMUG

The 2015 Last Lecture:

"Impressions: What do you remember?  How do you want to be remembered?
Advice from a Very Old Dead Elephant"

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Thomas C. Fitzhugh

Given on Thursday, May 14th, 2015
Thomas C. Fitzhugh III, J.D.
Lecturer in Maritime Administration
Vice President & General Counsel, The Maritime Security Council of the United States
President, Fitzhugh & Elliott, P.C
President, The Longshore Institute, Inc.

The 2014 Last Lecture:

"Musings of a Field Biologist (a wonderful journey), with avuncular advice"

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Bernd Würsig

Given on Thursday, May 8th, 2014
By Bernd Würsig, Ph.D.
University Distinguished & Regents Professor
George P. Mitchell '40 Chair in Sustainable Fisheries
Departments of Marine Biology & Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences


The 2013 Last Lecture:

"The elephant in the coal mine and other quirky creatures:
My travels through academia and what (I think) I learned so far"

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Dr. Patrick Louchouarn

Given on Thursday, May 9th, 2013
By Patrick Louchouarn, Ph.D.

Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer for TAMUG
Associate Provost for TAMU
Professor in Departments of Marine Sciences, Marine Biology, and Oceanography