COLUMBUS, Ga.—Dr. Glen Cannon, president of Chattahoochee Valley Community College, congratulated Troy University graduates on taking the next step in their education during a joint fall commencement ceremony for the Phenix City Campus and the Columbus/Fort Benning Site on Friday, Jan. 20.
Dr. Cannon delivered the keynote address during the 7 p.m. ceremony held inside the Columbus Civic Center. More than 370 students received graduate and undergraduate degrees.
Reflecting on his background, Dr. Cannon said it was his mother who motivated him to pursue an education.
"I know that you too had to have someone or something that motivated you," Dr. Cannon said. "[To take] the first step that led to the next step, down a path, sometimes slowly, that led to this evening."
Not everyone takes that first step, Dr. Cannon said. In today's fast-paced world, many people face information overload when trying to decide on a path to take.
"We see many who have reached the level of lost hope, who have fallen to such a state of uncertainty over the next step take that they resort to what I call 'turtleing,' they just go into their shell and hide," Dr. Cannon said. "Graduates, by not hiding in your shell … you've put yourself in a position poised to take advantage of the coming opportunities."
Dr. Cannon urged graduates now to look back at others who they can motivate and help towards their future goals.
"Now, it is your time to become the motivators, to take your hand that was reaching up and turn it around to help someone else reach this exciting experience that you are now having," Dr. Cannon said.
Dr. Cannon became president of CVCC in July 2011. He has nearly 30 years of experience as a senior administrator at Georgia technical colleges, including 15 years as Vice President of Administrative Services at Central Georgia Technical College in Macon.