By MUW Media Relations
COLUMBUS – Alumna Dr. Marcella McKay gave W graduates an imaginary gift – a pair of eye glasses – at the university’s 128th commencement exercises Saturday.
“The eye glasses that I’ve given you are not rose-colored glasses to make everything in your world beautiful, and they are not sunglasses to protect your eyes,” she said. “These are glasses that improve your ability to see near and far. The glasses give you vision through the eyes of your future employers.”
McKay, who serves as chief operating officer for the Mississippi Hospital Association and president and chief executive officer for the MHA Health, Research & Educational Foundation, told graduates that when they look at their near future, they can see three important areas to enhance their professional success: message, management and meaningful work.
She stressed the importance of demonstrating that you are a credible applicant, especially with the challenges of online application systems. “Have a coherent strategy to break through the noise.”
McKay also encouraged graduates to find meaningful work.
“Find your passion or alternatively work with passion to contribute to the greater mission,” she said. “Be ‘present’– being on ‘auto-pilot’ is a professional hazard to be avoided.”
She concluded by urging graduates to always seek the common ground.
McKay left graduates with a quote from former United States Secretary of State Madeleine Albright: “No matter what message you are about to deliver somewhere, whether it is holding out a hand of friendship, or making clear that you disapprove of something, is the fact that the person sitting across the table is a human being, so the goal is to always establish common ground.”