Voorhees commencement speaker Jasmine Guy advises the 2017 graduates


Voorhees commencement speaker Jasmine Guy advises the 2017 graduates

May 11, 2017

Jasmine Guy, award-winning actress, dancer, and director, recently addressed the 2017 Voorhees College graduates. During her commencement speech, Guy stressed that with hard work and dedication, graduates can conquer the world.  She urged the graduates to be proud of themselves for staying the course and earning a degree.

“Once you graduate college and enter into the real world, there will be no counselor to guide you, but because you have received a quality education here at Voorhees, you are prepared to face any challenge,” Guy said.

During her address, she offered three tips for achieving life’s goals.  She advised the graduates to keep a journal, because writing will help them discover who they are and remind them of different stages of development in their lives.   She shared that she still journals and it keeps her grounded and focused on her growth. She also advised them to self-educate.   Guy shared that though she did not obtain a college degree, she is always researching to learn of anything she does not know or is curious about, because learning never stops.  Finally, she advised the graduates to have character, stating that even with all of the things they have learned while at Voorhees College, having good character is the most important knowledge, and it will take you further than just having a degree. “Character is demonstrated in private moments when no one is watching and you still do what is right.”  

In closing, Guy encouraged the graduates to be willing to step out of their comfort zones to have a happy, fulfilling life. She reminded each graduate that knowing how to handle conflict, having a purpose, developing a positive attitude, and being determined to find a resolution helps them to succeed in their chosen endeavors.

Guy was presented with an honorary doctorate degree in liberal arts by President W. Franklin Evans.

For more information, contact Megan Freeman, director of communications, at 803-780-1191 or at mfreeman@voorhees.edu.