MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - New graduates of Fortis College received their diplomas in a ceremony at the Performing Arts Centre at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Montgomery.
Before taking possession of their diplomas, they listened as WSFA 12 News anchor Tonya Terry gave a commencement speech in which she spoke about the importance of perseverance and belief in one's self.
Terry crafted her commencement address around the Dr. Suess story, "Oh the Places You'll Go" which starts off by saying, "Congratulations! Today is your day. You're off to great places! You're on your way!"
Terry said some of the most successful people are the ones who overcome obstacles and bumps along life's journey. "They say if it doesn't kill you, it makes you stronger," she explained.
She also spoke on Thomas Edison and his many failed attempts to make a light bulb work. His positive attitude helped him definitively find numerous ways a light bulb would not work before he finally succeeded.
The graduates were urged to find a mentor, a person for guidance and advice.
Dr. Suess said, "You'll get mixed up, of course, as you already know. You'll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go. So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact and remember that life's a great balancing act."