MONTGOMERY - U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Jocelyn M. Seng on Tuesday encouraged Troy University graduates at the University's Montgomery Campus to commit to being lifelong learners.
Nearly 160 graduates received degrees during the ceremony on Tuesday night inside the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts on the Montgomery Campus.
"There is likely a common theme running through each mind tonight - that you have made it and you need to give yourself a break," Seng said. "Pause if you must, but don't stop now. You've got this. Making a commitment to lifelong learning and possessing drive and perseverance are the keys to success. Learning shouldn't stop when you leave TROY. A degree doesn't mean you are done learning. I challenge and encourage you to strive to learn something new every day."
Seng encouraged students not to allow obstacles or the prescriptions of others deter them from achieving their dreams and aspirations.
"I ask you tonight, TROY class of 2015, what are your aspirations? Where will you leave your mark? Many things we take for granted today were once thought impossible until someone had the drive and the perseverance to do the unimaginable."
Seng also encouraged graduates not to be deterred by failure.
"Failure is an integral part of life, but failure doesn't mean quitting," she said. "Failure is a learning opportunity. Learn from it and make it work to your advantage."
Seng is the mobilization assistant to the Commander and President of Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base. She assists in providing full spectrum education, research, and outreach at every level through professional military education, professional continuing education, and academic degree granting. She assists in leading the intellectual and leadership center of the U.S. Air Force, graduating more than 50,000 resident and 120,000 nonresident officers, enlisted and civilian personnel each year. Additionally, she assists with officer commissioning through Officer Training School and the Reserve Officer Training Corps.
Prior to assuming her current position, she was the mobilization assistant to the Military Deputy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition. She is also a Research Staff Member at the Institute for Defense Analyses, working in the areas of cyberspace, missile defense, science and engineering workforce management, and assessment of militarily critical technologies.
Prior to the ceremony, members of the Montgomery Police Department honored a member of the graduating class, presenting Darian Colley, widow of MPD Officer David Colley, with a bouquet of roses. Officer Colley, 24, was killed in the line of duty in April when his patrol car collided with an 18-wheeler while he was responding to a call.
Troy University Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., and commencement speaker U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Jocelyn M. Seng, mobilization assistant to the Commander and President of Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base, pause for a photo with graduate Darian Colley prior to the spring commencement ceremony on TROY's Montgomery Campus. Colley is the widow of Montgomery Police Officer David Colley, who was killed in the line of duty in April when his patrol car collided with an 18-wheeler while he was responding to a call. More than 150 graduates received their degrees during Tuesday night's ceremony.