Bailot, who is active in the honors program, alternative spring break and independent research projects in the health sciences, said he was “humbled and honored” to be selected to address his classmates and other members of the Merrimack community.
“Many great students with stories applied, and I appreciate that I get to share my experiences,” he said.
The address is a play on the Last Lecture, which has been popular on college campuses nationally, including Merrimack, since the 1990s. The format of the Last Lecture allows professors to speak on whatever subject they are most passionate about, as if it were the last lecture they would ever give.
The responsibility for identifying a First Lecture speaker was led by the student honors organization Omicron Delta Kappa. A call for nominations was sent out after Thanksgiving break, and candidates were interviewed after the new year. Bailot was selected from among a group of 10 candidates.