Three students outside on graduation.

Graduates celebrate challenges, embrace their next steps

For the University of Georgia’s newest alumni, Commencement ceremonies mark a moment to celebrate the challenges they’ve overcome and embrace the challenges they’ll face in the future.

“Now is your time. It is your time to celebrate as you continue to the next chapter of your lives,” said Leah Brown, an orthopedic surgeon, UGA alumna and All-American for the GymDogs who served as the keynote speaker for the undergraduate Commencement ceremony, held May 12.

After graduating from UGA, Brown joined the U.S. Navy and shared two lessons she learned during her time serving and two deployments with graduates. First, she encouraged them to rebound quickly and adjust their plans accordingly. Second, she encouraged them to make an effort to understand others.

“More than likely, your plans will change,” she said. “These changes may be hard. Things will not always go smoothly. That’s OK—this will shape you.”

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