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Johnson focuses on perseverance and purpose in Louisiana Tech’s Fall 2021 Commencement address

Nov 20, 2021 | Alumni, Applied and Natural Sciences, Business, Education, Engineering and Science, General News, Liberal Arts, Tech Family

Louisiana Tech University conferred degrees on 284 in the University’s Fall 2021 Commencement ceremonies, held Saturday in the Thomas Assembly Center.

Rep. C. Travis Johnson delivers the commencement keynote.State Rep C. Travis Johnson, a 2007 Louisiana Tech graduate in Political Science, advised Tech’s newest alumni to focus on perseverance and purpose in order to achieve their future goals.

“No matter what, when things seem not to be going in your favor, you must persevere,” Johnson said. “I believe you will soar if you will not let the adversities you face to obliterate your passion. You must use your adversities and see setbacks as set ups for success.”

The graduates should also work to find their true purpose in life, Johnson said.

“Knowing your why is absolutely critical,” Johnson said. “When you are walking the path that is laid out only for you, then every person you meet, every mistake you make, every accomplishment you obtain, will lead you to your goals.

“Your purpose is not a job or a title, your purpose is what you are called to do.”

Johnson is a native of Ferriday who has served the 21st District in the Louisiana Legislature since 2019.

A student receives his PhDDuring the ceremony, Elaine and Tim Petrus were honored with the University’s highest honor, the Tower Medallion. The Tower Medallion Award signifies membership in the Hall of Distinguished Alumni and is awarded to Tech alumni who have made a difference with their exceptional achievement, community service, and humanitarian activities.

Tim Petrus received his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering at Tech in 1976, and Elaine Petrus earned her bachelor’s degree in Accounting in 1976. The couple have long supported the implementation of Louisiana Tech’s master plan and the greening of campus. Most recently, they made a leadership gift to champion the campus’ Noble Trees project, which restored the health of existing trees, removed trees that were near the end of life, and planted new trees to restore the campus core.