MONTGOMERY – Pike Road Mayor Gordon Stone on Monday encouraged Troy University graduates to set their sights on doing great things.
Stone, who has served as the town's mayor since 2004 and also serves as the Executive Director of the Higher Education Partnership, delivered the keynote address at Monday night's summer commencement ceremony on the Montgomery Campus. Nearly 150 graduates received degrees this summer on the Montgomery Campus.
“There are many people who dedicate their lives to doing good things," Stone told the nearly 100 graduates participating in Monday's ceremony. “However, tonight I want you to imagine not just settling for doing good. I encourage you graduates, armed with the knowledge and skills that you now possess, to find ways to do things that would be labeled as great."
Stone told graduates that while they may approach this milestone at various phases of life, their accomplishment of earning their degrees equip them well for their futures.
“There are few people that understand the concepts of hard work and dedication better than you do at this moment in your lives tonight," he said. “There are many others who have had a hand in your success, and I encourage you to celebrate this moment with a grateful heart."