Let’s Give a Shout-Out to the Graduates

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    I want to give a huge thanks to the TJMS family that has sent my family positive energy surrounding the loss of my dad. So many of you showed crazy support of his fight with Cancer and I am humbled and overwhelmed.

    Tom, this weekend I became honorary Alum of Dillard University when they presented me an honorary doctorate. It was an amazing pleasure to speak for their 2013 commencement where nearly 180 students walked the stage for graduation. And I was thinking about how many young and not so young people will be walking the stage this season. Some will be leaving high school for college, the work force, the military or even an entrepreneurial venture. And still some will be leaving two and four-year institution for a range of future choices that will transition them to the next phase of their lives.

    I wanted to take a moment to celebrate a few graduates that the TJMS family shared with me via twitter and Facebook. But before I do. I want to ask you are you prepared to work towards graduating from something. These students all committed to a course of study and then put in the work to matriculate and graduate. We all can do the same thing. Some of us are working towards graduating our relationship to marriage, while others want to graduate a hustle to a business. Many of us are still trying to figure out a major, but the fact that you commit to anything is a step in the right direction. Don’t stop enrolling in LIFE. That thing that you think or know you are here for. Keep pushing because it is the small steps, class by class and step by step that lead us to graduation.

    Lets honor a few who did just that this year and have or will be graduating soon.

    Shannon Alexandersays, Started from the bottom now she’s here!!! Shouting out my sis Robinne CoCo-Drop Alexander from GED to Masters Degree!!! MBA from AIU.

    Tiffany Johnson Jewellsays Im shouting out MYSELF! Associates of Applied Science, Human Services from Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis, In. Shartajeye’ Wright says, I am a proud graduate of Texas Southern University and Shartajeye’ Wright just graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry!

    Kahlia Fordis celebrating her sister, Alexis Marie Davis graduated 3rd in her class from Philander Smith College, Summa Cum Laude!!

    Caecilia Key gives major props to Evan Epic Polk, graduating from Washington Math Science Technology Public Charter High School, in DC and

    Terrilynn Cook is incredibly proud of her son Branden Cook< graduating from Butler High School (Matthews, NC), is on the National Honors Society and will be attending Wake Forest University with a Presidential Scholarship .

    Kim Brown says “hi Jeff, my Granddaughter Angel will Graduate on Friday 5/17 from Woodward Technical High in Cincinnati, I’m so proud of her”. And finally,

    Nina S. Kirk is celebrating her son Corey Thorpe who will graduate on May 25th from George Washington High School in Danville, Virginia.

    Know that you don’t have to be enrolled in college to graduate from something. I encourage you to keep pushing family….Your graduation is right around the corner.

    I’m Jeff and that’s my truth.

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