TROY, AL (WSFA) - Troy University graduates were encouraged to not be afraid of failure but rather use life and work experiences to become change agents and global citizens.
Arlene Jackson, association vice president for global initiative at the American Association of State Colleges and Schools, made the remarks during the university's spring commencement exercises Friday.
Citing her life experiences gained from her parents and later Girl Scouts, Jackson told students that although they may experience failures and "bumps in the road" they will find themselves better equipped to make a change in the world.
"I believe you can be a global citizen, too, if you allow those experiences to mold you into a change agent. Don't ever give up and don't ever let anyone stop you from dreaming. Be ready to take the adventurous journey with all the twists and turns you encounter," Jackson said. "If you do, you will be the walking embodiment of the Trojan Warrior Spirit."
During the ceremony, Jackson was also awarded the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by the university's board of trustees for her support of the university and her role in the growth of international education.
More than 800 students graduated, among them two students from Goshen High School.
They were the first to complete the associate of arts degree through the university's dual-enrollment program, ACCELERATE.
Colton Johnson and Dakota Wood completed the two-year degree through a joint effort between the university's Trojan Aviation program and the Pike County Schools Aviation Academy. Johnson, in addition, earned his private pilot's license through the program.