Coushatta Student Graduates from La. Tech

One Coushatta student was among 255 graduates at Louisiana Tech University’s summer commencement.  The ceremony was held in the Thomas Assembly Center on August 22nd.

Two graduates earned dual degrees in the ceremony. Of the newly minted alumni, 84 earned their graduate degrees during the ceremony.  David Edwin Young, Jr. of Coushatta graduated with a Master of Arts in Teaching.

Commencement speaker Dr. Norman Pumphrey, Associate Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering and Construction Engineering Technology, advised graduates to be respectful and listen to those they encounter on life’s adventures. 

“You will affect the lives of many people who live into the 22nd century,” Pumphrey said. “Think about the former and present Tech faculty and staff who made an impact on you. They love Louisiana tech, they have helped Tech feel like a family. Be respectful of, considerate of, and genuinely interested in others you come into contact with in your life, and you’ll have an impact, too.”

A 1976 graduate of Tech with a with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, Pumphrey served his undergraduate alma mater with distinction from 1990 until his retirement in June 2019.  “Most of you are about to start your career,” Pumphrey said. “Sometimes work can be enjoyable; sometimes it can be a chore. Find time to play so that you can recharge.”

Pumphrey has served in many roles, including both Assistant and Associate Professor, and for two years as Program Chair of Civil Engineering (2002-2004). In 2004 he moved to Enrollment Management where he was Director of Advising and Retention, the inaugural Director of the Bulldog Achievement Resource Center (BARC), and the Director of Basic and Career Studies before returning to his academic home in the College of Engineering and Science in 2014. In May of that year, Pumphrey was named Program Chair for Construction Engineering Technology, a position he held until his retirement.

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