PHENIX CITY—Kathelen Amos, chair of the AFLAC Foundation, delivered the keynote address to graduates at Troy University’s Phenix City Campus during the fall commencement ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 17.
More than 250 graduate and undergraduate degrees were conferred during the 7 p.m. ceremony inside the Columbus Civic Center.
Amos urged graduates to discover what they have passion for in life and to pursue it.
“Having a passion for what you do is the common denominator of all successful people regardless of their job,” Amos said.
Amos reminded graduates that the path to success is often not a straight line. She challenged them to not become discouraged when they encounter difficulties.
“Success is not the absence of failure,” Amos said. “Really sticking with it and having true grit is half of what success is all about.”
With success comes responsibility, Amos said. She urged graduates to do good and help others along the way.
“Do as much good as you can for as long as you can,” she said.
Amos joined AFLAC as an attorney in 1985. She retired in 2005 and now oversees the company’s philanthropic endeavors as head of the ALFAC Foundation.