Saturday April 30
Angela Santone, senior executive vice president for human resources at AT&T, delivered the Saturday morning commencement address to graduates of the Dedman College of Hospitality, Jim Moran College of Entrepreneurship, and the Colleges of Applied Studies, Medicine, Film Arts, and Social Sciences and Public Policy.
In her remarks, Santone drew on her humble upbringing in rural Florida and reminded graduates tu the past does not predict the future, it prepares you for it.
“Never underestimate what you can do,” she said. “I grew up in a small farming community in the Florida panhandle and attended a Title I school. I was blessed to grow up with a family and community that loved and supported me. But if I’m honest, none of us could have imagined the places I would go.
In his current role, Santone oversees AT&T’s global human resources strategy. She also leads a Women of AT&T circle mentorship group and serves on the national board of directors for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and the board of directors for the Jed Foundation, which focuses on suicide prevention on college campuses and in high schools.
“Hard work, discipline, luck, and the ability to feel good about myself, which hasn’t always been easy, allowed me to become a Human Resources Manager at a Fortune 9 company in 2019” , she said. “Your past does not define your future. Your past prepares you for your future.
Santone urged graduates to remember that mistakes are part of life, but so is perseverance.
“You will make mistakes – the key is to learn from them,” she said. “You’ll have days where you’ll feel like you can’t go on, but I’m here to tell you, you can and you must. “You’ll have days where you’ll feel like you’re killing it because you Your journey will be filled with many experiences, many emotions, and many ups and downs.
Laura Greene, chief scientist of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, or MagLab, headquartered at FSU, addressed the graduates of the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering and the Colleges of Nursing, Health and Humanities and Education at the ceremony on Saturday afternoon.
Greene, who is also the Marie Krafft Professor of Physics at FSU, is a highly respected researcher of quantum materials and the mechanisms of unconventional superconductivity. In September, President Biden named Greene to President’s Advisory Council on Science and Technology or PCAST, which advises the President of the United States on matters concerning science, technology, and innovation policy.
Greene congratulated the graduates on their “awesome day” and for showing strength and resilience over the past two years during a global pandemic. But Greene reminded graduates thatIt’s not “bad things that make you stronger, it’s good things!”
She said: “Resilience is strong in a world where things go wrong – so now I want to remind you how you can create a resilience dividend.”
Greene said graduates have added to their “resilience dividend” by earning their degrees.
“So my advice to the Great Class of 2022 is to keep those good memories in your head,” Greene said. “And when life presents you with another bump, just remember how you got through the previous ones, your successes. And the joy and satisfaction you felt in succeeding.