From the Office of Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey
Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey gave the Charge to the Graduates Saturday at Auburn University Summer Graduation Ceremony. The two Ceremonies, awarded 3,728 degrees at the doctorate, master and bachelor levels. Ivey, a 1967 AU graduate, shared lessons learned from her student experiences and encourage the graduates to make wise choices. Her passion for involvement in government began in high school when she was elected Lieutenant Governor of Girls State. As an Auburn student, she became the only Auburn graduate to win five campus-wide elections in four years.
After graduation, she worked as a high school teacher, a banker and in public service as the Reading Clerk of the Alabama House of Representatives. Subsequently, she was appointed by three governors to various positions in state government, including Assistant Director of the Department of Commerce, formerly known as the Alabama Development Office.
In 2002, Kay became the first Republican elected State Treasurer since Reconstruction and was re-elected in 2006. In 2010, she was elected Lieutenant Governor. “I am honored to give the Charge to the Graduates at the Summer Graduation Ceremony,’ Ivey said. ‘There will be many new beginnings as they progress through their lives. I firmly believe circumstances do not determine one’s destiny. Wise choices determine one’s destiny. Hopefully, each graduate will add wisdom to the knowledge they have gained through their education.”