Napoli delivers his commencement address.

The Thomas Assembly Center saw Louisiana Tech University confer 304 degrees on members of the Tech Family at the 346th Louisiana Tech commencement.

Dr. Matthew Napoli, Executive Director of Foreign and Public Affairs for the United States Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, provided perspective for the new graduates and called for unity within their communities.

“I challenge you to take the wealth of knowledge gained at Louisiana Tech and build upon its foundation,” Napoli said. “I challenge you to maintain and grow the relationships established on this campus.”

Napoli encouraged the newest members of the Tech family to grow in their post-graduate lives but to remain loyal to their alma mater.

“When you plant your roots after leaving or staying in Ruston, bring the community pride and values that are so strong on the Louisiana Tech campus with you and contribute to your next community,” Napoli said.

During the ceremony, Devin Ferguson, Assistant Vice President for Philanthropy and Engagement for University Advancement, presented George A. Baldwin, Jr., with the Tower Medallion Award and inducted him into the Hall of Distinguished Alumni.

The Tower Medallion Award signifies membership in the Hall and is awarded to Tech alumni who have distinguished themselves by exceptional achievement, community service, and humanitarian activities.

Scotty Moran, Chief Executive Officer of Moran Oil Company, Inc., in Grand Cane and one of the University’s most generous benefactors and trusted advisors, was presented with an honorary Doctor of Science degree. His advocacy and generous financial support were key factors in the construction of the Academic Success Center and the Louisiana Tech Research Institute facilities in Bossier City.

Also during the ceremony, College of Education and Human Sciences student Dominique McKane walked across the stage to receive her diploma from Louisiana Tech President Les Guice. McKane required a medical airlift from campus on Monday morning, just five days prior to commencement, and was able to make her hope of participating in the ceremony a reality.