Homeland Security leader addresses Florida Memorial grads

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Jeh Johnson shares life experiences at Miami Gardens commencement

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Florida Memorial University graduates received a lesson on successfully navigating through life by the country’s security leader on Saturday, May 2.

Jeh Charles Johnson, the nation’s Secretary of Homeland Security, addresses Florida Memorial University graduates on May 2. The commencement was held on the campus of the university based in Miami Gardens.(PHOTOS BY KIM GIBSON/FLORIDA COURIER)
Jeh Charles Johnson, the nation’s Secretary of Homeland Security, addresses Florida Memorial University graduates on May 2. The commencement was held on the campus of the university based in Miami Gardens.
(PHOTOS BY KIM GIBSON/FLORIDA COURIER)

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, the commencement speaker, had some sage advice for the graduates of the Miami Gardens-based HBCU. Florida Memorial is one of the four historically Black institutions of higher learning in the state.

“Neither I nor anyone else can teach you to avoid mistakes; you will make them. Bad choices, bad investments, bad relationships, bad haircuts. You have to make your own mistakes, but hopefully you will learn from them,” Johnson told the graduates at the commencement held on Florida Memorial’s lawn near its Clock Tower Promenade.

150508_education01bAn HBCU graduate himself, he mentioned his experience at Morehouse College, noting how he went from a struggling student to having a 4.0 as a senior. He received his undergraduate degree at Morehouse and a law degree at Columbia Law School.

“I came to Morehouse College as a boy, and I left Morehouse College as a man on fire,” he remarked.
He further noted the importance of serving others.

“The opportunity to serve others and make a difference is self-satisfying and simply makes you a happier person,” he added.

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