Lamar Institute of Technology will graduate almost 250 at its Fall commencement ceremony Friday, Dec. 12. The event will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Montagne Center.

Speaker for the ceremony will be Dade Phelan. He is a senior partner and broker at Phelan Investments, a family-owned real estate development company.

Phelan gained legislative experience serving on staff for State Representative Mark Stiles, State Senator Tommy Williams and U.S. House Majority Leader Dick Armey. He was elected to the Texas House of Representatives for District 21 in November 2014, and will begin serving in January 2015.

He is a two-time Governor Perry appointee to the Lower Neches Valley Authority and was its 2013 president. He is also past board secretary to Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas, former board member to Southeast CASA, Golden Triangle CCA, St. Anne Church and The Jefferson Theatre.

He and his wife, Kim, live in Jefferson County with their three children.