COLUMBUS, Ga.—District Court Judge Michael J. Bellamy urged Troy University graduates to celebrate, work hard and give back during the spring commencement ceremony for the Phenix City Campus and the Columbus/Fort Benning Site on Saturday, May 21, in Columbus.
Bellamy, the Family Court Judge for the 26th Judicial Circuit in Russell County, Ala., delivered the keynote address during the ceremony held at 7 p.m. inside the Columbus Civic Center. More than 230 students received graduate and undergraduate degrees during the event.
Bellamy urged the graduates to continue celebrating each day as a gift from God, even in the face of hardship.
"Challenges and difficulties will come in your life, but celebrate the character and patience that you will develop as you overcome each challenge and each difficulty," Bellamy said.
He encouraged graduates to continue working hard in their chosen professions in order to find success.
"Resting on your laurels is the key to failure," Bellamy said. "It is imperative that you continue to work hard and give your best."
Finally, Bellamy challenged graduates to become active members of their communities by giving back.
"I challenge you to be involved and to give of your time, to give of your knowledge and to give of your experience," he said. "Your communities will be better places because of your giving."