White encourages BMC grads to lead lives of service

Trudy Cathy White, daughter of Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy, encouraged Blue Mountain College graduates on Saturday. (Blue Mountain College)

Trudy Cathy White, daughter of Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy, encouraged Blue Mountain College graduates on Saturday. (Blue Mountain College)

Blue Mountain College

BLUE MOUNTAIN – Trudy Cathy White shared the secret of her family’s business success with 107 graduates of Blue Mountain College on Saturday and implored them to include service in their daily lives.

“My father told me long ago,” said White, the daughter of Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy, “that if you will help enough other people get what they want out of life then you will get what you want, and more.”

White and her husband served 20 years as a missionary to Brazil before returning to her native Atlanta area to found Lifeshape Found-ation, and to become involved in philanthropic endeavors through the family business.

“Focus more on who you will become,” she said, “and less on what you do.”

BMC’s graduating class consists of 67 women and 40 men, and seven received master’s degrees.

The 2014 graduates are from nine states (Mississippi, Alabama, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Tennessee) and three foreign countries (Brazil, Honduras and The Netherlands-Antilles).

The majority of the class members are from the Mississippi counties of Tippah, Union, Lee, Marshall, Pontotoc, Alcorn and DeSoto.

This year’s commencement brings a total of 7,213 alumni, 82 of whom are graduates of the master’s program.