State University graduate Dr. Beck Weathers will deliver the commencement
address at Midwestern State University’s graduation ceremony at 10 a.m. Dec. 13
at Kay Yeager Coliseum. Approximately 458 students are candidates to earn their
degrees this December.
Weathers was a member of a 1996 expedition to Mount Everest
that was hit with a severe snowstorm. Eight died and others were severely injured. Unconscious,
Weathers was left in the snow and presumed dead, but he regained consciousness
and made his way to a camp. Weathers suffered frostbite that resulted in the
loss of his right hand, part of his left hand, and his nose.
Weathers wrote Left for Dead: My Journey Home from Everest about
his experience on Everest and how it changed his life. The book was published
in 2000. His story of survival after being presumed dead taught him to value
his family and the gift of having a second chance. His inspirational message of
hope in the face of insurmountable odds has made him a popular speaker around
That day on Everest also was the subject of Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt.
Everest Disaster. It has been adapted into the upcoming film Everest with Josh Brolin portraying
Weathers and Robin Wright portraying Weathers’ wife Peach.
Weathers majored in
chemistry at Midwestern and graduated summa cum laude in 1968 with a Bachelor
of Science degree. He received his medical degree from Southwestern Medical
School in 1972, and completed a pathology internship. His other professional
experiences include a 1976-77 teaching appointment at Harvard Medical School.
He has served at Medical City Dallas Hospital and LabCorp as co-medical
director since 1977. In 2001, he was honored by Toastmasters International as
one of the “Top Five Speakers of 2001.”