Mayor Bell was the key speaker during the University of Toledo’s crowded commencement ceremony at Savage Arena.
The university gave out 2,248 degrees to graduating students from the summer and fall semesters, including 1,454 bachelor’s and associate’s degrees and 794 master’s, doctoral, and education specialist degrees.
“You can have all these other elements of knowledge. But if you can’t get in the front door with your attitude, then you can’t be successful,” Mayor Bell told the graduates.
When life can be short, people need to think about the legacy they leave behind. Supporting others is ultimately what matters most, he said.
“What do you want to be remembered for?” said Mayor Bell, who received a bachelor’s degree in education in 1978 from the university.
“Do you want to be remembered for being a person who was kind and wanted to help people? Or do you want to be remembered as somebody who was less than that?” the mayor prompted the audience.