PHOTOS: U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson delivers commencement speech at Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet School graduation

26752589030_3239a4b84f_k At the May 14 graduation ceremony, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson spoke to the 192 graduates of Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet School in a moving commencement speech. Secretary Johnson charged the class of 2016 with classic life lessons, urging them to make the most of their lives, embrace change and diversity, be the best at what they do and to consider a life of public service.

“Consider a life serving others,” said Secretary Johnson. “There are two members of your class who are going into United States Military. Consider the opportunity to serve your country. If not in uniform, then in other ways… Serving others is fulfilling.

“You have it within you to do far more than sitting there right now you can possibly appreciate. Your limits as a human being are far higher than what you can possibly imagine right now.”

Sec. Johnson has close ties to Nashville. He is the grandson of former Fisk University president, sociologist Dr. Charles S. Johnson, who led the university from 1947 to 1956, and his father graduated from historic Pearl High School, in whose building MLK is now located.

View and download photos from the graduation on Flickr.

One-hundred percent of the senior class of 2016 at MLK graduated Saturday, according to MLK Principal Dr. Angela McShepard-Ray. The class of 2016 has many impressive accomplishments, including:

  • two National Merit college scholars attending Texas A&M University and the University of Oklahoma
  • two National Merit scholarship award winners
  • two students who were accepted to Yale University
  • student athlete scholarships to Bethel University, Centre College, and Bryan College
  • one student appointed to the Air Force Academy

The graduation, held at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena Saturday, May 14, was also attended by Metro Board of Education Chair Dr. Sharon Gentry.

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