Society

Tiger 'PRIDE' urged by speaker

By MIKE BROWN Reporter Editor

Reporter/Mike Brown Over 100 square UFOs sighted in Rockdale Friday? Traditional mortorboard tossing just might have had something to do with it. Reporter/Mike Brown Over 100 square UFOs sighted in Rockdale Friday? Traditional mortorboard tossing just might have had something to do with it. Dr. Ben Welch, dean of the management department of Texas A&M's Hays Business School, was "preaching to the choir" Friday night at Tiger Field.

Dr. Welch, commencement speaker for the 104-member Rockdale High School class of 2009 based his address on "pride."

That's a word that's been used before in the same location where "Tiger Pride" signs have dotted the landscape more than once.

Dr. Welch listed "Passion, Respect, Impact, Determination and Enthusiasm" as his five topics.

"Put the first letters together and they spell PRIDE," he concluded.

Dr. Welch was alternately serious and amusing.

He recalled the horrific days following the 1999 bonfire collapse at Texas A&M which killed 12 persons.

As an A&M official he was at the hospital with injured students when a man, sporting tattoos, scruffy, unkempt clothes and what Dr. Welch took to be a surly attitude arrived asking to speak to an Aggie official.

Extra-special evening for three RISD trustees, who presented diplomas to their children. From left, Lee Jenkins and daughter K'Lee, Lisa Gerthe and son Ayrton, board president James Birkhead and daughter Julie. RHS Principal Chad Jones looked on. Extra-special evening for three RISD trustees, who presented diplomas to their children. From left, Lee Jenkins and daughter K'Lee, Lisa Gerthe and son Ayrton, board president James Birkhead and daughter Julie. RHS Principal Chad Jones looked on. It turned out the man had been collecting spare change for years and wanted to donate it to someone to make a gesture of support in the university's darkest hour.

"That taught me never to judge someone on a first impression," Dr. Welch said. "And I hope you graduates will remember that."

See speeches by the RHS valedictorian and salutatorian on page 5A.

Speaker Dr. Ben Welch told graduates not to judge people by first impressions, to be passionate in their beliefs and loyal to their communities. Speaker Dr. Ben Welch told graduates not to judge people by first impressions, to be passionate in their beliefs and loyal to their communities. Nobody was happier than LaAundreneshia  Crawford about getting a diploma Friday at Tiger Field. Nobody was happier than LaAundreneshia Crawford about getting a diploma Friday at Tiger Field.


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