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Graduates Encouraged to Become Visionaries

August 7, 2010

More than 500 FAMU graduates were encouraged to seize the moment and become visionaries during the summer commencement ceremony.

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida A&M University (FAMU) graduate Keithen Mathis said he is ready to start a new chapter in his life.
Mathis, who earned a master’s in public administration, was one of the more than 500 students who graduated August 6 during FAMU’s summer commencement ceremony.
“I feel like one journey is over,” said Mathis, a Tallahassee native. “FAMU has prepared me in so many ways.  I learned that communication and organization are two keys to becoming a success.”

With “The sky’s the limit when your heart is in it” written on a mortarboard and banners with “Congratulations” waving in the air, FAMU graduates listened to Tallahassee Mayor John Marks, III, who served as the commencement speaker. He encouraged the graduates to seize the moment and become visionaries.
“It is important to think ahead and have that vision,” said Marks. “Success comes when you do what you love to do and you commit to being the best. That’s the true measure of success. Some of you are anxious to see what the future may hold and for others just being in your caps and gowns equals success.”

One FAMU graduate said that Mayor Marks’ speech made her realize that graduation wasn’t just for her.
“The one thing that stayed with me from Mayor Marks’ speech was that my graduation wasn’t just for me; it was for my family, friends, community and those that I’ve encountered and will encounter in the future,” said Nadia Mundy, who received her master’s degree in journalism.  “My destiny in this world is bigger than me and I have a lot of work to do.”

Joane Theodule, who was the first recipient of the James H. Ammons Graduate Fellows, expressed her excitement in receiving her second degree.

“To receive a second degree is certainly a blessing,” said Theodule. “With the current economic climate, a master’s degree will make me more marketable for career advancement and will enable me to compete in the global market.”

Theodule received her master’s degree in applied social sciences with a concentration in public administration, a program that normally takes two years to complete. Her future aspirations are to be an immigrant attorney and a motivational speaker.
University Trustee Marjorie Turnbull told the Class of 2010 that as graduates of the institution, they will always have a place to call home.
“The faculty has challenged you and you have met life-long friends,” she said. “Be confident that you are prepared.”

President James H. Ammons charged the graduates to make their respective marks on the world.

“Make the most of it,” Ammons said. “Go out and change the world. There is no higher calling than to show compassion to your fellow man. Learn to develop a deep-seated love for Florida A&M University.”

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