275 students receive diplomas at summer commencement ceremony at Troy University

Posted: Wednesday, 30 July 2008

TROY—A Troy University alumnus urged TROY graduates Friday to give back to their alma mater and be active alumni.

Earl Johnson, an Andalusia attorney and Troy University alumnus, served as the keynote speaker for summer commencement exercises in Sartain Hall. Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, presented Johnson the honorary doctorate of laws for his service to the University.

A member of the Troy University National Alumni Association Board of Directors and vice-chairman of the Troy University Foundation Board of Directors, Johnson was named Distinguished Alumnus of the Year in 1999. In 2004, he was again honored by TROY with its Distinguished Leadership Award.

“Give back to TROY after you leave here,” Johnson said. “You have received far more from TROY than you can ever give.”

Johnson also told the graduates to thank those who have helped them during their careers at TROY and likewise to help future generations of Trojans.

“Remember the unsung heroes, such as your teachers, who helped along the way,” he said. “Future students at Troy University will need your guidance. It is your duty to provide as solid a foundation as we had during our years at TROY.”

Johnson, who served as Andalusia’s 24th mayor from 2000 until 2004, earned his undergraduate degree in business administration and economics from Troy University in 1970.

Approximately 275 graduates from 13 U.S. states and 10 nations received diplomas Friday.

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Troy University alumnus and former Andalusia Mayor Earl Johnson addresses TROY graduates during summer commencement ceremonies in Sartain Hall on Friday. Johnson, a 1970 alumnus, challenged graduates to give back to their University and their communities.

Laylah Amatullah Barrayn

Troy University alumnus Earl Johnson, center, receives an honorary doctorate of laws on Friday from Troy University Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr. (left) and Dr. Doug Hawkins, president pro-tem of the University’s Board of Trustees. Johnson, a 1970 graduate of TROY, served as the keynote speaker for the University’s summer commencement ceremonies on Friday.