PHENIX CITY—Troy University Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr. challenged graduates at TROY’s Phenix City Campus to become effective leaders during the commencement address on Saturday, June 20.
More than 180 graduate and undergraduate degrees were conferred during the 2 p.m. ceremony inside the Columbus Civic Center.
Dr. Hawkins said today’s graduates are part of a global community and must be prepared to compete in a global economy.
“At Troy University, we have as our bottom line the goal of making graduates who are globally competitive,” Hawkins said.
He encouraged graduates to learn to understand other cultures because “understanding always precedes appreciation.”
Dr. Hawkins said effective leaders are those who lead from the front.
“Never ask anyone to do what you are not willing to do yourself,” Hawkins said. “Inspect what you expect.”
He urged graduates to always lead by example and said that leaders should always “eat last.”
“Take care of the people who follow you,” Hawkins said. “We don’t say ‘thank you’ enough.”
Hawkins encouraged members of the graduating class to have vision and pursue their dreams. “If you can see it, you can achieve it,” Hawkins said. “You have a great opportunity before you. I am so proud to call you Troy University alumni.”
Dr. Hawkins is a native of Mobile, Ala., and has been chancellor of TROY since 1989.