JCJC graduates inspired to make a difference

Written By: Teresa Martin
Email Address: teresa.martin@jcjc.edu
Date Submitted: 2011-08-08 13:10:48

ELLISVILLE – As about 140 Jones County Junior College graduates end one chapter in their lives to embark on a new journey, keynote speaker, David Garner urged them to make a difference along the way. The JCJC Chairman of the Board of Trustees and 1987 alumnus of Jones shared some of his experiences and principles that have made a difference in his life and the lives of others. The Smith County attorney noted that no one stands alone. 
“You are here today because you reached this great milestone in life because you had help….As we walk that walk of faith there will be times which we will face some trials that will bring us to a place where we feel all alone. Remember that you are not alone. You have family, friends, and you have those who are interested in your life,” said Garner.
California Hutson, a cosmetology graduate from Bassfield said she wants to devote her life to helping people. “I like helping people feel their best.” She explained, “I’m proud of my accomplishments like being on the President’s List. I have my mother and brother, who are both Jones alumni to thank because they are the reason why I came to Jones.”
Hutson is an example of someone who has taken advantage of the opportunities placed in her life, which is one of Garner’s principles. After working a year, Hutson decided she needed to come back to school. “I am planning to open a full spa so I’m going to get more training in massage therapy and hopefully open my business after that.”
Garner encouraged the new graduates with another observation: there is not a perfect time, nor a perfect place. “There is only time and place and what you do in that time and place will define not only your life but it will also contribute to the lives of those around you. Don’t wait for everything to be perfect or you’ll never do anything,” said Garner.
The keynote speaker continued with a reminder to the graduates. “You have reached a great mountain top time in your life. Go now better equipped, better able to face the challenges ahead as you climb yet another mountain. We here at Jones will be anxiously waiting your victorious return!”
A total of 204 Jones students were eligible to receive an Associate in Arts degree, Associate in Applied Science degree, or Vocational Certificate at the August 5 commencement exercises. 


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