‘Take your time,’ Baxley tells

Published 12:00 am Sunday, December 17, 2000

Friday’s TSU grads


Staff Writer

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Dec. 16, 2000 10 PM

More than 340 Troy State University graduates received words of wisdom from State Treasurer Lucy Baxley Friday morning.

Baxley, who has enjoyed a long career in city, county and state government, is currently serving her second term as state treasurer. The Houston County native warned graduates against being too quick to chart their course in life.

"You won’t be able to make all of your life’s decisions today," Baxley said. "It’s important to have goals, plans and dreams, but some of the greatest blessings you will receive will come when you are open and receptive to what life brings you."

Baxley, who was elected state treasurer in 1994 in her first campaign for public office and was re-elected in 1998, told the graduates to depend on their "inner self" to succeed in life.

"At the same time I’m encouraging you to think of yourself, don’t ever forget those who have sacrificed for you."

She also encouraged those before her in caps and gowns to "live with a thankful heart."

Baxley also touched on having pride in community, state and nation as symbolized by the huge American flag handing behind the platform.

"You have grown up in a cynical time," Baxley said to the graduates. "Don’t let yourself become disenchanted with America."

After congratulating the graduates for the knowledge they have and with which she is sure "you’re going to accomplish things we never dreamed of," Baxley complimented them by saying, "You represent the best of us."

Jack Hawkins Jr., chancellor of the TSU system, told the graduates they should be proud because only about 1 percent of the world’s population has a college degree.

Hawkins said the commencement exercises were a "grand celebration" during this season of celebration.

Commencement day’s events also included a special reception at the chancellor’s home for graduates and their families.

It was during that time, Hawkins jokingly said, some parents told him the day meant a salary increase for them.

Several students were commissioned officers in the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army and a posthumous degree was awarded.

Included in the graduating class was the second group of graduates of Troy State University’s Executive Master of Business Administration program for employees of the HealthSouth Corporation. The program is conducted via the Internet and distance education.