Heroes aren't just those found in comic books. They're live, in
the flesh, everyday people who may not be able to leap tall buildings
in a single bound, but whose accomplishments are considered by many
to be superhuman.
message State Auditor Phil Bryant relayed to approximately 1,000
graduates at his alma mater during his commencement address Friday
at The University of Southern Mississippi's summer graduation ceremonies.
to express to them that there are still heroes among us," he
said, adding that Southern Miss graduates should also aspire to
acts of heroism in their own life, whether through volunteerism,
community and public service or giving back to their university.
As an example,
he cited Southern Miss President Dr. Shelby Thames as one of his
own heroes because of his leadership at the university.
our graduates to know that there are people out there who make sacrifices
every day for our university, for our state and for our nation."
first appointed to this position in November of 1996, to serve the
unexpired term of his predecessor. He was elected to a full term
as State Auditor in November 1999.
Prior to becoming
state auditor, Byrant served five years as a member of the House
of Representatives, where he was the vice chairman of the Insurance
Committee and authored the Capital Gains Tax Cut Act of 1992. He
currently serves as Chairman of the E-Government Committee for the
National State Auditors Association (NSAA) and currently serves
as Vice-Chairman of the Mississippi Legislative E-Government Oversight
Committee. He is a principal member of the National Association
of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers.
Southern Miss graduates are getting a great foundation to pursue
acts of heroism with their education from the university. "Education
is the foundation of their life experience, and it's laid for them
right here at Southern Miss," he said.
He used humor
to make his point about his message on heroism by revealing a T-shirt
emblazoned with a Superman logo that he was wearing under his robe.
Auditor," he laughed.