COLUMBUS - Phenix City Mayor Eddie Lowe told Troy University graduates on Friday night that the best way to get ahead in life is by putting others first.
Lowe delivered the keynote address during the joint fall commencement ceremony for the Phenix City Campus and the Columbus/Ft. Benning Site on Friday, Jan. 24, at the Columbus Civic Center. About 106 graduates took part the ceremony, and in all about 259 received degrees this fall in Phenix City and Columbus.
Lowe urged graduates to build other people up and not focus on individual success.
"The quickest way to get ahead is to put the people that are around you first," Lowe said. "That’s leadership."
He said graduates can advance their own careers by working towards the success of the team.
"Give back to the organization that you belong to and the community that you belong to," he said.
He said each graduate was a "champion" for overcoming obstacles on the way to achieving their goals.
"You have earned your degrees, and you earned it in a very hard way," he said. "Most of you had to do it while you were working. You did it for your kids, for your parents and grandparents and for your community, to make it a better place."
Lowe became Mayor of Phenix City in November 2012 and is also the Senior Vice President of CB&T of East Alabama, responsible for the operation of all branches. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama, where he played football for three years under Coach Bear Bryant. He later joined the Canadian Football League where he played nine years for the Saskatchewan Rough Riders. He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1994.