Lynn Boone, retiring vice chancellor for Student Services/Registrar at Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas, gave the 2013 graduates of the Helena-West Helena campus of Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas some good advice last Friday night as he delivered the commencement address.
Boone, who has completed 38 years at PCCUA, told the graduates that he believes everyone has his own individual gifts and it is each person's responsibility to develop those gifts and, then, to share them with others.
“One afternoon I was in a workshop, out of state, and short video episodes for Bridges Out of Poverty were being shown,” he explained. “I saw my early life being played out on the video, the ignorance, the lack of a dream, the trap of believing Hank Williams Jr.'s song, 'A Country Boy Can Survive.' That's just it. My family was just surviving/existing, not living. I did not begin to learn how to live until I was well into my higher education venture. I started to 'live' when I discovered that I had a gift of teaching. It was serendipity.”