“To understand the world, you must first understand a place like Mississippi.”
- William Faulkner
Even more important than graduating and going through the ceremonial process, I fulfilled a family dream by graduating from Ole Miss.
My dad always wanted to attend the University of Mississippi... but couldn’t afford to. He was the first member of his family to go to college.
He paid his way through school entirely on his own and graduated from the University of Memphis.
He didn’t attend his own college graduation, because he needed to work and he needed the money more than he wanted to attend the ceremony.
My dad pushed his dreams aside for the time being so that he could work to create opportunities for his future family to achieve anything they wanted by laying the groundwork for endless possibilities.
I’ll never forget the day I graduated from this beloved University.
I’ll never be able to describe what it meant to look at my family, my grandmother, my parents, my sister, my cousins, my friends, my family.... to know that I was fulfilling a dream that my father wanted me to have the chance to achieve, and gave me that possibility through his sacrifice and hard work.
I'll close this post out with one of my favorite quotes about the University of Mississippi from Frank Everett Jr.;
The University is buildings, trees, and people. Ole Miss is mood, emotion, and personality. One is physical, and the other is spiritual. One is tangible, and the other intangible.There is a valid distinction between The University and Ole Miss even though the separate threads are closely interwoven.
The University is respected, but Ole Miss is loved. The University gives a diploma and regretfully terminates tenure, but one never graduates from Ole Miss.
All my love,