DOTHAN - Alabama's Commissioner of Mental Health Jim Perdue told Troy University graduates that time may be free, but it is priceless.
Perdue made the remarks during TROY's Dothan Campus commencement Sunday, Dec. 13 in the Dothan Civic Center where about 150 students participated in graduation. Ninety-eight students received their undergraduate degrees, 46 received their graduate degrees, two received the Education Specialist degree and three received associate degrees.
"Your challenge is to decide how to spend some of your time because how we spend our time defines who we are," he said, appealing to the graduates to take time to help people with disabilities, substance abuse and depression.
"Take time to help friends, neighbors, fellow church members who struggle … their best treatment is your time," he said.
"Time is not an obstacle but, rather, a challenge. Please take time to make a difference," he said.
The comments echoed sentiments expressed by TROY Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr., who reminded students of Winston Churchill's words: "Make a life by what you give."
Perdue, a former Crenshaw County Probate Judge, was appointed to lead the Department of Mental Health earlier this year by Gov. Robert Bentley. He is a past-president of the South Central Alabama Mental Health Board and is a member of the Alabama Mental Health Advisory Board of Trustees.