TORCHBEARERS: Ivey Challenges Troy grads to shine

Published 4:00 am Saturday, May 12, 2018

“Once you are given the chance to lead, do it,” Gov. Kay Ivey told the Spring 2018 graduating class at Troy University, the school’s largest ever. ““Leadership requires the willingness to work hard, to make sacrifices and sometimes to let others take the fame and credit that you, yourself, may deserve. True leadership requires you to put your hands, your feet and your heart into action. Leadership is not defined by what we know, but rather what we are willing to do with what we know. Resist the temptation to be satisfied with your own progress. Resist the urge to be content with the lack of progress around you. From this day forward, commit to this – be a leader.”

The address was delivered to nearly 950 graduates representing 26 U.S. States and 10 countries around the world. Ivey was also presented with an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree during the ceremony by Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., chancellor, and Sen. Gerald Dial, President Pro-Tem of the Troy University Board of Trustees.

“This is your day,” Gov. Ivey told graduates. “At this commencement ceremony, we formally recognize your graduation. For some, today marks an ending – an end to 8 a.m. classes and term papers. For others of you, today is really a commencement, the start of something new and the beginning of the next chapter of your life. Whether you see today as an end of an experience or a beginning of a new journey, I urge you to see the day as a challenge – a challenge to go out and make a difference in your community, in your state and in your world.”

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Ivey challenged the students to create a roadmap for their futures.

“Planning is preparation. No one can accomplish anything without knowing what you want to do and learning how to do it,” she said. “When we plan, regardless of difficulties we might face, we give ourselves the opportunity to succeed …

“If you don’t enter the race, you can’t win the race,” she said. “If you never offer yourself to serve, you will never know the blessing and the joy that comes from serving others. If you fail to offer yourself, you will exclude yourself from the progress in your community, your state and your world. If you want to make a difference, you must decide that you want to serve your fellow man and your God.”