Tiger 'PRIDE' urged by speaker
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.
"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.