Commencement 2016 includes many celebrations including tonight's historic pinning ceremony in the Speer Chapel for our first BS-Nursing graduates, to tomorrow morning's senior breakfast, afternoon ivy cutting and graduate reception.
And, of course, Saturday is a big day.
Over 400 LETU students will receive their undergraduate and graduate degrees, and many of them will cross the stage in our Belcher Center during our 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. ceremonies. Between the two events, I expect we will fill 4,000 seats with family and friends.
Delivering our commencement address is former director of the United States Mint Edmund C. Moy, who is a public servant, senior executive, commentator, author and director at publicly and privately held companies.
He served as the 38th director of the United States Mint from 2006-2011, responsible for running the world's largest manufacturer of circulating coins, precious metal bullion, and numismatic products. His role included working closely with the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the White House, Congress, and the Federal Reserve during the Financial Crisis and following Great Recession.
He served from 2001-2006 at the White House as a Special Assistant to President George W. Bush, assisting the President with staffing most cabinet departments and independent agencies. He also was involved in the creation of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Ed helped found and lead the White House Christian Fellowship during the Bush administration.
He frequently comments on monetary and fiscal policy, gold, currency, and cryptocurrencies for national financial media. You may have seen him featured on television on CBS' 60 Minutes or on the Jim Lehrer News Hour on PBS, as well as his many appearances on CNBC, Fox News, Fox Business Channel, MSNBC, and Bloomberg TV. You may have seen him quoted in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, Fortune Magazine, Forbes, Dow Jones, and Thomson Reuters. He also is a contributor to Newsmax.
He has served on the board of Christianity Today International and the Executive Advisory Board for the School of Business & Economics of Seattle Pacific University and its Center for Integrity in Business. Ed will also be a featured speaker at the Faith@Work Summit LeTourneau University is sponsoring in Dallas on Oct. 27-29.
Let's celebrate 400 graduates leaving here as ambassadors for Christ in every workplace, every nation!