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  • Commencement Ceremonies
  • Commencement Speaker
  • Application of Intent to Graduate

May 2024 Commencement - May 4th

10:00 a.m. (view video)

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

2:00 p.m. (view video)

  • School of Business
  • School of Engineering & Engineering Technology

Jenelle PiepmeierDr. Jenelle Piepmeier returns to LeTourneau University on the 30th anniversary of her own commencement in 1993 when she earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. She went on to earn an M.S. and PhD from Georgia Institute of Technology also in Mechanical Engineering. For over 20 years, she has taught robotics, computer vision, and control systems to the future leaders of the Navy and Marine Corps at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Her former students have gone on to serve as Navy Seals, command Navy submarines, and develop novel robotic systems. 


In the fall of 2020, Dr. Piepmeier became the 66th department chair for the Naval Academy Weapons, Robotics, and Control Engineering Department, overseeing an academic program designed to educate midshipmen about robotic manipulation, sensing, and control of autonomous systems on the ground, in the air, and on or below the water’s surface. Dr. Piepmeier is the first woman to chair the department, which traces its history back to the Department of Ordnance and Gunnery when the United States Naval Academy was established in 1845. Her research interests include vision-based robotic control at both the micro and macro scales, and she has published numerous articles on the subject. 


Jenelle met her favorite electrical engineer Dr. Jeffrey Piepmeier while at LeTourneau University. Jeff is now a Chief Passive Microwave Instruments Engineer at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. They have been married for 30 years and have three children, ages 19, 18, and 7. 


The daughter of professor emeritus Dr. Stephen Armstrong and his wife Pamela Armstrong, Jenelle is also a graduate of Pine Tree High School where she was recognized by the Pine Tree ISD Education Foundation as a 2020 Distinguished Alumna. In 2018, she was inducted into the inaugural class of the Academy of Engineering and Engineering Technology at LeTourneau University. At the Naval Academy, she was the recipient of the Raouf Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching Engineering in 2014. Jenelle also serves on the Board of Directors of Beulah Beach and is a member of Severna Park United Methodist Church. 

All students participating in the graduation ceremony must complete the Intent to Graduate form. 

All students planning to graduate must submit an Application of Intent to Graduate to the Registrar's Office. There is a $100 fee for the undergraduate program and a $150 fee for the graduate program which needs to be included with the form. The fee is required of all candidates for graduation, even if you choose not to participate in the ceremony. If you do not complete all of your course requirements by the graduation date, you will not graduate and will have to reapply for graduation. To reapply, you must submit a completed copy of the Application of Intent to Graduate form to the Registrar's Office and pay the $35 reapply fee by the deadline to apply for the next graduation date.

The Application of Intent to Graduate form link will be sent out early in the semester by email to the student's LETU email account during their planned graduation semester. For more information, contact

Read the Graduation Frequently Asked Questions and review the dates and deadlines for graduation eligibility.