TROY - Nationally prominent trial lawyer and former Lt. Gov. Jere Beasley told Troy University graduates to set priorities, goals and have a plan for the future.
Beasley made the remarks during Friday's fall commencement ceremony inside Trojan Arena on the Troy Campus where more than 400 undergraduate and graduate students received degrees.
"I have a very simple formula for success. I learned years ago to set priorities in my life: set them and be firm, never wavering," he said. "Then function at a high level morally and intelligently."
Beasley urged graduates to set high goals for the future, and make a plan for success.
"Set priorities and have a plan for the future and set those goals as high as possible for yourselves," Beasley said. "You will have stumbling blocks and some failures, but keep on going and don't ever stop."
Beasley was the state's 22nd lieutenant governor, who served as acting governor of Alabama from June 5 to July 7, 1972 while Gov. George C. Wallace was recovering from an assassination attempt in Laurel, Maryland. He served as lieutenant governor until 1979.
He is the senior member of Montgomery's Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C. law firm, and has earned a national reputation for winning large awards, including an $11.8 billion punitive damage award against Exxon Mobile Corporation on behalf of the State of Alabama.