DOTHAN—Local business leader Jeff Coleman urged Troy University graduates on Sunday to develop an attitude of love and a spirit of service as they prepare for the next phase in the lives.
Coleman, the president and CEO of the Coleman World Group, delivered the keynote address during the fall commencement ceremony for the Dothan Campus, held at 3 p.m. inside the Dothan Civic Center. TROY Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., conferred undergraduate and graduate degrees to 126 students during the event.
As college graduates, Coleman said the new TROY alumni would be able to make a difference in their communities and around the world. He urged them to do so with an attitude of love for others.
"Have an attitude of love towards your family, friends and neighbors," Coleman said. "Let an attitude of love be the center of your existence and you can inspire the people around you to love one another."
Coleman told the graduates that in the future they can expect to be put in positions of leadership, and they should provide that leadership with a spirit of service.
"Don't think less of yourself, simply think of yourself less," he said. "Have a service above self mentality."
He urged the graduates to focus more on spiritual significance than earthly success.
"You should be more concerned with generosity than the accumulation of wealth," Coleman said. "When you focus on spiritual significance, earthly success will follow."
Coleman is a Dothan native and TROY alumnus. As head of the Coleman World Group, he oversees one of the top 50 largest privately owned companies in the State of Alabama. He was a 2003 TROY Alumnus of the Year and he currently serves as vice chairman of the Alabama Commission on Higher Education.