Entrepreneur Delivers Encouraging Message at MacDill Commencement

June 06, 2011

Entrepreneur Delivers Encouraging Message at MacDill CommencementNearly 200 new graduates from Saint Leo University’s MacDill Center, along with their families and guests, filled the ballroom at T. Pepin Hospitality Centre in Tampa on Saturday, June 4, for their commencement ceremony.

The graduating class included both military personnel and civilians, a point referenced by guest speaker Gregory J. Celestan, a Tampa entrepreneur and retired U.S. Army officer. Celestan shared values from his military training and career and lessons from his business career with the audience. Celsetan is chairman and chief executive officer of Celestar, a defense contractor. A continued commitment to learning, along with humility and the willingness to care for others, proved essential in his experience, he said. A successful life also demands perseverance, he noted.

“My military career taught me many things, but the most enduring life point was how to deal with adversity,” Celestan stated. “Do not be afraid to try. Do not be afraid to afraid to fail,” he commented, adding that basketball legend Michael Jordan has attributed his own success to trying again and again after failing at a shot or losing a game.

The new graduates were also congratulated by University President Arthur F. Kirk, Jr., who handed out the diplomas. The degrees conferred Saturday were: the Associate of Arts, the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Science, the Master of Business Administration, the Master of Science in criminal justice, the Master of Science in critical incident management.

Saint Leo University has served the MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa with continuing education opportunities since 1973.