Congratulations Class of 2013
(May 7, 2013) Spring 2013 Commencement marked Armstrong's largest graduating class in school history. Nearly 750 proud students graduated on Saturday, May 4, including 21 Doctor of Physical Therapy degree recipients.
After a warm welcome from Armstrong President Linda Bleicken, University System of Georgia Regent Larry Ellis addressed the packed Savannah Civic Center and gave the graduates some sound advice.
“You truly have choices ahead that will give you opportunities as opposed to just dreaming about them,” said Ellis. “But to take advantage of life's opportunities will require the big c-word. The c-word is commitment. Commitment means never quitting. It means believing that you can make a difference. Real commitment lies in your actions: doing what you do best, to the best of your ability. You see, commitment will be part of how you define yourselves and those around you. It's been said, that to accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe. In essence, we must earn it.”
Ellis' inspiring speech charged the class of 2013 to make deliberate choices in life and to live by those choices.
“You may ask, earn what? And I will tell you, earn your future and seek what our constitution provides: the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. I would suggest this means to seek your dreams and fulfill your ambitions. It won't always be easy, but it comes down to the choices you make. Whatever the choice is, you will be expected to earn it along the way. You are qualified to earn it by virtue of choosing to graduate from Armstrong.”
Ellis also advised the graduates to live selflessly and to persevere through bumps along the road of life.
“In the end, success in life and in life well lived will be about how much you gave, how many people you helped along the way, and the difference you made in the world. And know that whatever choices you make, you have been well prepared right here, at Armstrong. Armstrong class of 2013, your time has come. You are ready.”
The class of 2013 is indeed ready, ready to lead and pave the way to a bright future.