DOTHAN—Dr. Linda C. Young, president of Wallace Community College, gave Troy University Dothan Campus graduates six pieces of advice to remember as they embark on their future lives.
Dr. Young delivered the keynote address during spring commencement on Sunday, May 16, at the Dothan Civic Center. More than 160 students received degrees during the ceremony.
Dr. Young said she looked through her “little black book of advice” to find tips that would help the new graduates face the responsibility and expectations that come with a new college degree.
Her advice included a reminder to put integrity first.
“Integrity matters,” Dr. Young said. “The greater your integrity the more humble, honest and courageous you will be … and the more you will inspire others.”
She also encouraged graduates to keenly visualize the future.
“Don’t get so caught up fighting the fires of the moment,” Dr. Young said.
Dr. Young also encouraged the graduates to not limit themselves based on past expectations; to respect people for who they are, not for their position or title; to remember that they can learn from anyone in life and to do what they love.
Dr. Young became the first woman to head a technical college in Alabama in 1988 when she was appointed president of Sparks State Technical College in Eufaula. In 1991, Sparks was merged with Wallace Community College and Dr. Young assumed the presidency of the merged institution.