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The Last Lecture

Colleges Community Events Special Events


April 20, 2022


6:30 PM - 8:00 PM




The General Beadle Honors Program, with support from the Office of President Jose-Marie Griffiths, will renew its lecture series entitled The Last Lecture. We are extremely proud to announce that Jack Walters has been elected by the students as this year’s Last Lecturer. The 2022 Last Lecture will be held Wednesday, April 20th at 7:00 pm in the TCB with a sponsored reception at 6:30 pm in the lower level.

Eligibility for the Last Lecture requires an individual to have been a DSU administrator or faculty of any rank and be retiring that year or in the immediately previous year. Last Lecturers are selected by a vote of the students in the General Beadle Honors Program. Since its inception in 2017, the students have elected Ethelle Bean, Susan Conover, and Wayne Pauli; in some years we have had no faculty retirements and others when the students voted not to bestow the honor on any faculty.

The event is open and the public is encouraged to attend. It will also be streamed and recorded. 

The premise of the Last Lecture is simple, what would you say if you had one last lecture to give?  It originated with Randy Pausch at Carnegie Mellon when he was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2007 and has since spread to other campuses.  Last Lecturers are free to speak on any subject of their choosing.  They may choose to instruct, to inform, to provoke, to unnerve, to infuriate.  By design, Last Lectures can be emotional, controversial, offensive, hilarious, or enlightening (and oftentimes, more than one).