Tech graduation slated for May 21

May 10, 2011 | General News

Louisiana Tech’s spring commencement ceremonies will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 21 in the Thomas Assembly Center.
Michael Martin, chancellor of Louisiana State University, will serve as keynote speaker for the occasion.  During his address, he will honor Tech’s graduates and highlight collaboration and unique partnership opportunities between Tech and LSU.
Prior to his appointment as chancellor, Martin served as president of New Mexico State University. Before that, he was vice president for agriculture and natural resources at the University of Florida.
In 2007, he received the Justin Smith Morrill Memorial Award, named after the author of the bill creating land-grant universities, which honors outstanding service on behalf of the land-grant mission. Only six individuals have received this award since it was first given in 1980. He was also awarded the 2008 Distinguished Leadership Award by Leadership New Mexico. Other recent awards include being named Outstanding Alumnus of Minnesota State University Mankato in 2006 and the NMSU Social Justice Award in 2005.
A native of Crosby, Minn., Martin earned a bachelor’s degree in business and economics and a master’s degree in economics at Minnesota State University. He received his Ph.D. in applied economics from the University of Minnesota in 1977. Martin and his wife, Jan, have two children.
Commencement will officially end the spring quarter, and classes for summer quarter will begin June 3.