May 12, 2010
Using the last two years of financial volatility in the United States as a backdrop, Erroll B. Davis, Jr., chancellor of the University System of Georgia, urged 110 Waycross College graduates not to question the timing of their graduation, but to take hold of the future that is before them.
“I’m just going to say up front that I believe your timing has never been better,” Chancellor Davis told the graduates during WC’s thirty-fourth commencement May 7. “Life may seem uncertain today, but your future is assured – if you just dare to grasp it.”
Outside of economic uncertainty, Davis acknowledged the existence of many problems in American society – among them were literacy, a “digital divide” in technology, and the need to have healthy discussions on some of the country’s most “substantive issues”. A strong champion of education, Davis told the graduates that, by achieving their educational goals, he is looking forward to seeing them tackle and solve these problems.
“Some of you will leave this campus and begin your careers and some will travel to another university to complete your degree. Whatever your chosen path…you will be called upon to solve problems, devise solutions, (and) create new and needed knowledge,” Davis said. “You are educated for tomorrow and for all of the possible challenges that it might bring.”
One of Davis’ core beliefs is that education is an investment in the future success of any society. He emphasized the need for the graduates to consider how they plan to give back to society as a return on its investment.
“After today, you are no longer just a hope. You are no longer just a potential. You are an investment of our society,” said Davis. “You are our human capital…our intellectual capital. You are among our best and brightest. Society is now looking for its dividends – its return on investment in you. I urge you to…demonstrate by your future actions that the investment that has been made in your education is truly a benefit to all of society.”
Following the Chancellor’s remarks and the presentation of degrees, the traditional class gift was presented to the college by WC’s Student Government Association (SGA). Tonya Lowmon, SGA president, unveiled a large, wooden, full-color painting of WC’s Swamp Fox mascot that will permanently hang inside the gymnasium.
The graduates were then inducted into the Waycross College Alumni Association by Kim Day, a member WC’s Class of 1996. Day is currently the director of student activities and leadership development at Spartanburg Methodist College in Spartanburg, S.C.
The ceremony concluded with a rendition of “Georgia on My Mind” by WC students Emily Abbott, Meagan Ellis, and Jeremy Sweat. The trio was accompanied by local, well-known musician, and WC music instructor, Willie Character. Character also arranged the music.
Waycross College has been a proud member of the University System of Georgia since the college’s founding in 1976.
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"Life may seem uncertain today, but your future is assured-if you just dare to grasp it."