"The best gift an educator can give is to get their students to be self-reflective"

~ Randy Pausch during his Last Lecture at Carnegie Mellon University

About The Last Lecture Series

The Last Lecture connects students and faculty at Saint Martin’s University in an informal setting which encourages reflection on the everyday convictions, actions, and challenges of a life journey.

One faculty member, chosen by the students, will be invited to reflect upon their personal and professional 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, what would you say?” There are no predetermined standards or boundaries for this program which is designed to be entertaining, emotional, and inspiring.

The Faculty in Residence Program seeks to strengthen the relationship between faculty and students through involvement and program offerings. The following objectives are implicit in the planning for The Last Lecture:

  1. Students will see learning as co-created through experiences inside and outside the classroom.
  2. Student and faculty will form meaningful, reciprocal relationships.
  3. Students will better understand the diverse interests and passions of faculty.
  4. Provides students and faculty with the opportunity to reflect upon their own identity, life journey, and values.

The concept of a Last Lecture became nationally recognized in 2007 when Dr. Randy Pausch gave his Last Lecture at Carnegie Mellon University. Pausch conceived of the lecture after he learned he had terminal cancer. Pausch’s lecture has been viewed by millions since and is incorporated into school curriculums worldwide.

For more information on Pausch's lecture visit www.TheLastLecture.com