I finally made it!

I’M GRADUATING! You just don’t know how long I’ve been waiting to say those words. Coming to Grambling is one of the best decisions that I made in my life. I feel like I grew up in Grambling. I came here an immature kid from New Orleans and now I leave as a MAN.

My experiences in Grambling are priceless, and I will never forget them. I have been on the top of the world and I have been at my lowest point during my time here at Grambling.

In the fall of 2002 my father tragically passed away. This was so hard for me to deal with because it was the first time I had lost anyone that close to me since I was 3 years old. The next fall everything was going great until I got a call from my mother telling me that my nephew had passed away. Once again I was crushed and didn’t know how to handle losing another family member in such a short time.

The next fall rolls around and this time it’s one of the best moments in my life. My son was born almost to the exact day my nephew died. Fall 2005 was especially painful as Hurricane Katrina ripped through the only home that I ever knew. I mention all of these events to say that if I made it through all of this, you can make it to anything.

Now to my Thank You’s: First and foremost, I would like to thank God for guiding me though my toughest years in life. Thank you to my mother who always pushed me even when I didn’t want to try anymore.

I would also like to thank my brother who took over for my father and was there for me when I needed to talk, and to my sister for paying my phone bill all these years I gotcha, sis.

Thank you to all of the professors who brought the best out in me, especially Mrs. Sandra Lee for helping me to find my niche in life. Thank you to Mrs. Dunn and Ms. Peters who encouraged me to be the best all the time. Thank you to all my New Orleans family (you know who you are), my Gramblinite people, and all other friends that I’ve made at Grambling.

Last but never least, my dog for life Terrance. I really want to thank you for everything. And also Pat and Justin. I don’t know how I would have made it through this semester without you both. Thank you.

I will miss my days at Grambling, but it is time for me to move on to bigger and better things in life.

I will always thank Grambling for giving me the tools and the opportunity to gain a higher education.