Phil Lakin Named 2019 Tulsa Community College Commencement Speaker

May 7, 2019

Phil Lakin is an accomplished climber and his passion has taken him across the world. He’s reached the summit of Washington’s Mount Rainier and The Matterhorn in Switzerland. He has hiked or climbed to the summits of all of Colorado’s 54 14,000-foot mountains.

His latest challenge finds him on level ground as the 2019 keynote speaker for the 49th annual Tulsa Community College Commencement Ceremony. This year’s event has a new date and location, Sunday, May 12, 2019 at The Pavilion at Expo Square, 4145 E. 21st Street.

For the first time, graduation will be split into two ceremonies with graduates from the Schools of Business & Information Technology, Nursing, Visual & Performing Arts and Science and Mathematics at 5 p.m., and graduates from the Schools of Liberal Arts and Communications, Engineering, Aviation, and Public Service and Allied Health at 7:30 p.m.

“Phil Lakin is a great role model for our graduates as someone who grew up in the Tulsa area, has been very successful in his career and gives back to the community,” said TCC President & CEO Leigh B. Goodson, Ph.D. “He is a strong supporter of TCC and our students. Plus, as an avid climber, he understands what it takes to set goals, work hard and overcome obstacles.”

Heavily involved in the community, Lakin is chair of the Tulsa Community College Foundation for 2019. He also serves as a Tulsa City Councilor District 8, a position he has held since 2011, and is CEO of Tulsa Community Foundation.

A native Tulsan and graduate of Jenks High School, Lakin earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and finance, and his Master of Business Administration, from Baylor University. Lakin and his wife, Adriane, have three sons, Brooks, Alex and Cooper.