Commencement speaker was 1972 Oil City graduate Denise Jones spoke about her time as the only black female student and how she dedicated herself to working hard to overcome any obstacles thrown her way. "Learning to adapt to your situation is key to your success," she told the students and guests.
She had some perspective advise to give about personal drive and commitment. "Remember, no one can make you feel bad about yourself without your permission." She repeated that sentence. "You be yo. Don't be afraid to be different, use your difference,
Near the end of her speech she also quoted Muhammed Ali, "Don't count your days, make your days count."
Below are some photos from the ceremony and after mingling.
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