Graduation Speaker Addresses Importance of Character, Overcoming Obstacles

December 14, 2007 – When Kathelen Amos took the stage as the speaker for the Columbus Technical College graduating class last night, it wasn’t necessarily as a former Aflac, Inc. executive, nor did her remarks focus on her role as the co-chair of the College’s capital campaign. When she spoke, it was primarily as someone who sees inspiration in struggles. She hopes to pass that message along to the graduates.

“Struggles come in many forms,” Ms. Amos said. “Our struggles and how we respond to them define and refine our character.”

Kathelen Amos gave the commencement address at graduation on December 13, 2007.

Ms. Amos called on the graduates to encourage others to succeed and to be mentors for future generations. She told the story of the famed Tuskegee Airmen and how their level of preparedness and positive attitude led to their victories in the skies during World War II.

“Not only do you need to enter your vocation prepared,” she said, “but you also need to have a passion for what you do. True measures of success include doing something you love, doing it well and having a heart for others.”

One hundred and eighty-four students walked across the stage to collect their diplomas, degrees or certificates. This year has seen a record number (399) of graduates participating in commencement ceremonies for Columbus Technical College. The next commencement will be held June 10, 2008 at the Columbus Trade Center.

A happy graduate holds her diploma high.