Southern University graduates look forward to the future

Southern University graduates look forward to the future
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POSTED: Friday, May 9, 2014 - 4:21pm

UPDATED: Friday, May 9, 2014 - 4:24pm

Nearly 600 students graduated from Southern University Friday.

Senator Mary Landrieu spoke to graduates hoping to encourage them. Graduate Tray Tiller said Landrieu inspired him to tell his story.

"It was really great to actually have her come share a speech with us," Tiller said.

Students said their big take away from Landrieu's speech is to be bold.

"That my story shall be told and that I may help others in the future," Tiller said.

Tray Tiller said he has big dreams.

"Many people tell you that the sky's the limit, but it's proven that we have footprints on the moon. So don't ever let anybody tell you the sky's the limit. There's not limits to anything," Tiller said.

Tray said - college hasn't been easy, but when he walked across this stage with his family and friends cheering him on, he felt the reward for his hard work.

"It's not, but it's an accomplishment. It's one milestone out the way. I have many more I have to achieve," Tiller said.

Tray was an offensive tackle for the Southern Jaguars. When they won the SWAC title this season, it definitely made Tray's senior year a memorable one.

"Coming in as a freshmen, being at the bottom of the totem pole, then leaving here as a senior. Having a ring on my finger, and getting a degree in the same year, it can't get any better than that," Tray admitted.

Students said their walk across the stage symbolizes their transition from a student to joining the real world. it can be scary, but Tray tells me, he's not scared.

"I'm super excited," Tiller said.

Tray graduated with a degree in business. He said he hopes to be a consultant.

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