State Rep. Paul Lee urged Troy University graduates to have grateful attitudes and remember all those people who helped them along the way.
Lee delivered the keynote address to graduates during the fall commencement ceremony for the Dothan Campus on Sunday at the Dothan Civic Center. More than 240 students received degrees during the event.
Lee reminded graduates that each one of them has "giants" in their lives that have helped them achieve their goals."When you walk across the stage in a little while, I want you to imagine all the people on whose shoulders you are presently standing," Lee said. "Recall their faces, their words, and their faith in you."
Lee challenged the graduates to show their appreciation by having an "attitude of gratitude" and choosing to help others with intentional acts of kindness."Each one of you can be a giant to someone else," he said.
"With these qualities, each of you will bring great added value to your future, whatever company or employer you choose to work for," Lee said.
Rep. Lee, a fourth-generation Dothan native and lifelong resident of the city, was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives, District 86 seat in 2010. He currently serves on the Health, Agriculture and Local Government committees. He has sponsored and passed several bills including an Aviation Bill, which gives tax breaks for aviation companies to locate in Alabama, and the Jason Barfield Bill, which provides certain tax exemptions for the families of soldiers killed in action while overseas.