Snowden shares history with JCJC summer graduates

Written By: Kelly Atwood
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Date Submitted: 2014-08-04 07:31:27

ELLISVILLE – Life’s journey is marked with mileposts, and this year’s graduation is an anniversary for mileposts that changed the course of history, said Rep. Greg Snowden, keynote speaker for Jones County Junior College’s summer graduation ceremony.    
 Approximately 170 students were eligible to participate in the August 1 event. Snowden told the 105 graduates and a Fine Arts Auditorium room full of family, faculty and administration, that their graduation is a milepost that’s both a finish line and a starting gate.
The Speaker Pro Tempore explained to the graduates that their graduation year is shared with many mileposts throughout history, including the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the 45th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing and the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Summer of 1964.
He pointed out that the biggest milestone occurred 100 years ago this month and was the event that shaped the modern world: WWI.
“It was the first world war that altered history,” he said. “The old world passed away between 1914 and 1918…and it’s still being rebuilt.”
For the first time, soldiers faced trench warfare, machine guns, tanks and poison gas. In one battle, 60,000 British soldiers were killed or wounded in one day. He explained that the Great Depression, the Cold War and even modern day terrorism could be linked back to this first Great War.
 “WWI was a product of miscalculation, misunderstanding and miscommunication….Whole countries disappeared….the world would never be the same,” Snowden said. “I encourage you to read about it. You will discover as to why we are, who we are and where we are in 2014.”
Snowden told the students that even though WWI had unpredictable outcomes, fortunately, a person’s individual choices have predictable outcomes. He mentioned U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, who lists four things people can do to have a great chance of success in modern America: get an education, get a job, get married, and if having children, have children inside a marriage.
“You’ve already reached the first rung of Sen. Rubio’s list of things people must do to reach a level of success. You have an education,” said Snowden. “You have the American Dream within your grasp. Apply the knowledge and the skills you’ve acquired…to make Mississippi and America a better place for all of us.”
JCJC Board of Trustees Chairman David Garner also addressed the graduates, ending the ceremony and receiving applause by quoting Proverbs 3:4 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”
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