MONTGOMERY—WSFA 12 News anchor Bob Howell discussed the true meanings of happiness and success with Troy University graduates during the Montgomery Campus summer commencement ceremony on Monday, July 25.
Howell delivered the keynote address to graduates during the 7 p.m. ceremony inside the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts. About 160 students received degrees from TROY Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr., during the event.
Howell told graduates that true happiness comes from being surrounded by family and friends. He encouraged them to take time to give back to others.
"Sometimes when trying to help others, we tend to forget about our pain, problems and frustrations," Howell said.
He told graduates that finding true success means not being afraid to fail.
"It is OK to fail, because you can't fail if you are not trying," Howell said. "You failed many, many times … some you probably don't remember. You fell down the first time you tried to walk. The first time you tried to swim you nearly drowned."
It's the struggle to overcome adversity that makes us strong, Howell said.
"Life is going to present some pretty serious obstacles that may seem insurmountable," he said. "Just knock that obstacle down into bite-sized pieces that you can handle one at a time.
"A TROY alumnus, Howell has been an anchor at WSFA since 1976. He has also served as an instructor in TROY's Hall School of Journalism and Communication for more than 20 years.