Families and Guests



Please turn off or mute all phones during the procession and ceremony.


  • Schedule
  • Directions & Parking
  • Photography & Keepsakes
  • Special Accessibility & Needs
  • Commencement Speaker

May 3, 2024, Senior Events


Servant Statue Ceremony: 3:00 p.m. (Belcher Center by the Servant statue). Hosted by Student Life. Attendance requested of all graduates. Graduates will be presented with their graduation gift which is a desk-sized copy of the Servant statue.

Graduate Reception: 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. (Allen Family Student Center Commons Area). No tickets required; guests welcome. 

May 4, 2024, Commencement 


Please be in your seat by 9:50 a.m. or 1:50 p.m. Once the faculty procession starts, entrance into the auditorium is not allowed until all faculty and students are seated. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. No tickets are required for guests. There is not a limit on number of guests per student.

10:00 a.m. (Auditorium opens 9:00 a.m.)

  • School of Arts & Sciences
  • School of Aviation & Aeronautical Science
  • School of Education
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Theology & Vocation  

2:00 p.m. (Auditorium opens 1:00 p.m.)

  • School of Business
  • School of Engineering & Engineering Technology
  • School of Psychology & Counseling

Location

The Commencement Ceremony will be held in the S.E. Belcher Jr. Chapel and Performance Center on the LETU Campus.

 

Parking

The main entrance as well as the Green Street gate to the campus will be open for incoming traffic. Family members and guests will be directed to park in the Tyler West and Belcher Center parking lots as well as on the grass field at the north end of the Belcher lot. Several University Police officers will be there to assist you in parking. After the ceremony, traffic will be allowed to exit the campus through three gates: the main entrance and Belcher parking lot gate, which both exit to Mobberly Avenue, and the Green Street gate, which exits onto Green Street south of Mobberly Avenue.

 Campus Map

Professional Photography

Juays Photography, a commercial photographer who operates independently of LeTourneau University, will provide a candid photography service at the ceremony. Each graduate will have his/her picture taken at the moment he/she shakes the president's hand. Juays Photography will email graduates with information directing them to their website to order graduation photos online.

Guest Photography

Still photography and video recording will be permitted from the guest’s seat during the ceremony. No flash photography is allowed. After the ceremony is complete, however, photography should be limited to areas outside of the auditorium. There are many picturesque places outside of the auditorium for photos, including: several locations in the Belcher lobby with seating arrangements or outside on the patio by the Servant statue. 

Livestream

A livestream of both ceremonies will be available on letu.edu/graduation the day of.

Professional Video

A recording of the livestream will be available for download free of charge after the ceremony. Guests are allowed to video record from their seats. 

Campus Bookstore

LETU gifts and clothing will be available for purchase from the Campus Bookstore from 10 am to 2 pm on Commencement Day.

Invitations, Thank You Cards, and Keepsakes

Can be purchased through our vendor, Jostens and in the Campus Bookstore.

 

Previous Ceremonies Video Archive

 

Handicapped & Special Parking

Available in the Belcher Center parking lot on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendants will assist in finding available spaces.

 

Graduation Accessible Seating Request

If you require wheelchair or handicap-accessible seating inside the auditorium or need other assistance, please fill out the form below by April 15th.

Accessible Seating Request

Congressman Nathaniel Moran

photo-moran.jpgNathaniel Moran became a Texan just a few months before he turned two years old when his parents moved to rural East Texas with other families of faith to help start a small Bible College in southern Smith County.  His formative years were spent growing up in a single-wide trailer home on that Bible College campus, where he learned from his parents the values of hard work, service to others, and service to God.  Nathaniel spent most of his childhood exploring the woods around the Bible College, riding bikes on bumpy county roads, and shooting snakes with his BB gun along the West Mud Creek.  Nathaniel and his family eventually moved to Whitehouse, Texas, where Nathaniel attended Whitehouse I.S.D. and graduated in 1993, proudly serving as Senior Class President and Captain of the Wildcat football team.  It was during Nathaniel’s fourth grade year at Whitehouse that a love for public service rooted itself in his heart, as he—guided by his father—closely followed Ronald Reagan’s bid for re-election as President.  To this day, Nathaniel considers himself to be a Reagan Republican whose conservative values were shaped primarily by his father, President Reagan’s service, and by the strong, steady voice of Rush Limbaugh over the talk radio air waves for more than two decades.

After high school, Nathaniel attended the United States Military Academy at West Point for two years before transferring to Texas Tech University, where he ultimately earned a B.A. in Russian Language and Area Studies, an MBA, and a law degree.  It was at Texas Tech that Nathaniel also met Kyna, whom he married just one week before starting law school.  Upon graduation from law school, Kyna and Nathaniel moved to Tyler, where Nathaniel began practicing law and Kyna began teaching elementary school.  For the past two decades, Nathaniel’s civil law practice has focused primarily on business and commercial litigation and transaction work.  Nathaniel and Kyna have now been married for over twenty-three years and they have four school-aged children, who serve as a primary motivation for his service in Congress. 

Nathaniel began his elected public service as a member of the City Council for the City of Tyler, Texas from 2005-2009.  In 2009, just after being re-elected to his third term on the Tyler City Council, Nathaniel was appointed as Mayor Pro Tem, but resigned immediately to move his family to Houston, Texas for three years so that his oldest son could attend a specialized school for the Deaf.  The unexpected opportunity to relocate his family for this purpose led to the miracle of his son learning to speak by age seven, something they did not think was possible.  Upon returning to Tyler, Nathaniel returned to the practice of law and began giving back to his community through service with numerous non-profit organizations, including the Boy Scouts of America, the Discovery Science Place, Cancer Foundation for Life, and Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce.  He also helped start an education foundation for Whitehouse I.S.D.  At varying times over the past two decades, he has also been a Sunday School teacher, church deacon, trombone player for the church worship team, and coach of his daughters’ basketball teams.

In 2016, Nathaniel was appointed as the Smith County Judge to fill a vacancy in that position.  As Smith County Judge, Nathaniel served as the presiding officer of the Commissioners Court, Chief Budget Officer, judge of the Constitutional County Court (which had original jurisdiction over probate, guardianship, and civil mental health matters), chair of the Juvenile Board, head of emergency management, and chief administrative officer of the County.  In 2018, he was elected to a full four-year term as County Judge and he continued in that role until he was elected to Congress in November 2022.  Because of his work in the area of mental health, Nathaniel was appointed to the Texas Judicial Commission on Mental Health in 2021. Nathaniel is proud of his decades of volunteer and elected service to his community and looks forward to continuing to fulfill this calling of service in Congress.  Ultimately, Nathaniel seeks to fulfill the Great Commandment found in Matthew 22: 36-40.