Mon, Dec 5 2016
LeTourneau University will host commencement ceremony for over 200 graduate and undergraduate students from all academic disciplines at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, in the S.E. Belcher Jr. Chapel and Performance Center on the LETU main campus, 2100 S. Mobberly Ave. in Longview.
Giving the keynote address will be Texas Senator-elect Bryan Hughes, who will take office when the Texas Legislature convenes in January in Austin. Hughes, a Republican from Mineola, Texas, won the Senate District 1 seat that was formerly held by retiring Republican Senator Kevin Eltife.
Hughes is the former Texas State Representative for District 5.
An East Texas native, Hughes attended Tyler Junior College and the University of Texas at Tyler, earning his BBA in Economics, cum laude, in 1992. He earned his law degree in 1995 from Baylor University School of Law and was honored to serve as law clerk from 1995-1997 for U.S. District Judge William Steger of Tyler.
In his first run for public office in 2002, Hughes was elected with 52% of the vote against a long-time incumbent. In 2004, he was reelected by a 62% margin and in 2006 with 82% of the vote. He ran unopposed for reelection in 2008 and 2010. Facing his first ever opposition in the Republican Primary in 2012, Hughes was honored to be elected by a 77% margin. In 2014, Hughes won by 92%, his highest margin ever.
In 2007, Tyler Junior College honored Hughes with its Valuable Young Alumnus award. Additionally, in 2008 he was chosen by his law school as the Baylor Young Lawyer of the Year. The University of Texas at Tyler in 2013 named him a Distinguished Alumni.
He has received numerous awards for his work in the Legislature, including the Taxpayer Champion Award from Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, the Horizon Award from Texas Right to Life, and “Defender of the American Dream” from Americans for Prosperity. In 2011, Texas Right to Life named Hughes the Pro-Life Whip of the Texas House.
Hughes was the first member of his family to receive a bachelor’s degree. As a small businessman, he knows about hard work and the value of a dollar. He is a leader in his church, a volunteer in Red Cross disaster relief, and is active in several civic and community organizations.
LeTourneau University is the polytechnic university in the nation where educators engage students to nurture Christian virtue, develop competency and ingenuity in their professional fields, integrate faith and work, and serve the local and global community. LETU offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs across a range of disciplines and delivery models at LETU’s residential campus in Longview, Texas, and in hybrid and fully online options at centers in Dallas and Houston.