Mission and Objective

The Last Lecture is designed to connect students and faculty at Sam Houston State University in an informal setting to encourage reflection on their common challenges with a life-long journey.


Faculty members, chosen by the committee, will be invited to present their professional and personal life. The Last Lecture will focus on issues that faculty choose based on the premise, “If this were the last lecture you would ever give to students and/or faculty, what would you say?” There are no predetermined directions for this presentation, but it should be designed to create an emotional, entertaining, and inspiring atmosphere.

The following objectives are inherent in the preparation for The Last Lecture:

  1. Audience members will form meaningful, reciprocal relationships.
  2. The audience will better understand the diverse interests and passions of faculty presenters.
  3. The Last Lecture will provide the audience with the opportunity to reflect upon their own life journey.

The popularity of The Last Lecture became nationally recognized in 2007, when Dr. Randy Pausch gave his Last Lecture at Carnegie Mellon University. The intent at Sam Houston State University will be to carry this legacy forward.