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Cyber Security Guru Addresses OSUIT Graduates


Despite the adage about success being all about showing up, commencement speaker Dr. Jerry Dawkins told the 206th graduating class from OSU Institute of Technology that it takes a lot more to prosper in the workforce.

Dawkins, founder and principal security consultant of Tulsa-based information security consulting firm True Digital Security, served as the keynote speaker at the graduation ceremony Friday afternoon in Covelle Hall on the OSUIT campus in Okmulgee.

“Woody Allen said it this way, ‘Eighty percent of success is showing up.’ Woody didn’t mention anything about the other 20 percent,” Dawkins said, adding that he thought the math was a little off.

He also confessed to never being on that side of the graduation stage before.
“I have listened to several commencement speeches as a graduate, but I’ve never given one. So what was the first thing I did when they asked me to give this speech? I Googled it,” he said, and found a lot of similar themes such as follow your heart, do the right thing, be kind to each other or fight for what you believe in.

“All of those things are good advice, but I’m going to assume you already believe in doing the right things, and being kind to one another, and all that other stuff,” he said. “The one thing I found that was missing in most of the inspirational speeches was some concrete advice on how, exactly, to be successful in your life and career after college.”

Dawkins outlined four things the new graduates could do to ensure their careers were long and lucrative: show up early and stay late; don’t be afraid of failure; pay attention to details; and understand the value of hard work.

Working hard was also a theme in the address given by Jacob Allen, the student respondent and graduate of the Air Conditioning & Refrigeration program in the School of Construction Technologies.

Updated 05-30-2017

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