River Valley Community College graduates John Perrin and Margaret Murphy celebrate at commencement on Friday. (MEGHAN PIERCE)
River Valley Community College grads encouraged to listen to their inner voices
The 208 graduates entered the white tents wearing Hawaiian leis over their robes, and many celebrated by blowing bubbles.
River Valley was a second chance for Magoon and the start of a new chapter in his life, he said.
"I never regretted my commitment to the service . but I wished I had got an education," Magoon said. "But life's challenges eliminated any possibility for an academic future for me until I put my foot down and made the effort to go to school part time at night. From there, it snowballed, and I never looked back."
"I am so honored to have been asked to give this year's commencement address. The Class of 2014 will always have a special place in my heart because you are my first graduating class as president," she said. "Congratulations, Class of 2014. Thank you for sharing this very special moment with me. I believe you have the ability to climb every mountain. Go forward and change the world."
She urged graduates to believe in their ability to achieve all their dreams.