MechE professor virtually addresses the Class of 2020 and Class of 2021, with graduates attending in-person ceremonies Friday, Saturday, and Monday

Former NASA astronaut and Lehigh mechanical engineering and mechanics professor Terry Hart ’68 delivered a heartfelt Commencement address Friday afternoon that underscored the value of teamwork—not only in getting people to the Moon but in helping organizations to succeed.

“Just as NASA’s success rides on the ability of the astronauts and the mission controllers to be a well-trained team, so does the success of any modern organization ride on the teamwork that must be cultivated throughout its membership,” Hart said in a virtual address to members of the Class of 2020 and Class of 2021.

Hart advised graduates as they “go out into the world” to focus on being effective team members, to do their part to the best of their abilities and to continue to develop team skills throughout their lives. “All good leaders are first good team players,” he said, “so do your very best to support the teams you join.”

Hart’s address was part of the kickoff to the 153rd Commencement weekend, which will include in-person ceremonies on Friday, Saturday and Monday for the Class of 2021 and the Class of 2020, whose celebration was held virtually last year because of the pandemic. In all, Lehigh will host more than 3,200 graduates from both classes at the four in-person ceremonies. 

Watch Hart’s address and the kickoff to Commencement weekend here.

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Story by Mary Ellen Alu

Terry Hart

MechE professor of practice Terry Hart told the graduates, “Throughout your careers, you will have many opportunities to be a member of a team focused on accomplishing something very new and challenging.” With the world becoming more complex, it has become apparent that diverse, multidisciplinary teams will be needed to solve the most complicated of problems, he said. (Photo by Stephanie Veto)