Blue and Gold Spring | Summer 2021 Volume 2 • Issue 1 - Page 15

Guest Commencement Speaker , West Virginia Governor Jim Justice
The governor compared the experiences at Bluefield State to West Virginia as a whole . After doing many things right , fixing past wrongs , getting finances in order , COVID hit the state and school “ like a cannonball to our stomach .”
He then called on several students to stand and answer his question , “ What do you have to do to get better ?”
“ Keep moving .” “ Work for it .” “ Show up on time .” “ Never give up .”
- Governor Jim Justice , Commencement Speech
Despite that , both have survived . “ This incredible institution is coming out of the darkness right to the front again . West Virginia is doing exactly the same .”
He then called on several students to stand and answer his question , “ What do you have to do to get better ?”
“ Keep moving .” “ Work for it .” “ Show up on time .” “ Never give up .”
After acknowledging each , he then added this , “ The key to getting better is to admit you ’ re doing something wrong .”
Understanding , and correcting , what is wrong is the key to improving on the job and in life , Justice offered . ( cont ’ d on page 18 )
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