Student Commencement Speaker Phylicia Green '15

May 18, 2015
Phylicia served as the 2nd student speaker, inspiring her classmates to show compassion, courage, and confidence.
Phylicia Green speaking at Commencement

Phylicia Green ’15 of Mt. Vernon, N.Y., served as the student speaker for Wells’ 2015 Commencement ceremonies. At Wells, Phylicia was a sociology and anthropology major with a minor in childhood education and an activist student leader. She dedicated herself to her learning and to her fellow students, serving for two years as a Resident Advisor and captain of the Prodigy Step Team, representing the senior class on Wells’ Community Court, co-chairing the K.N.O.T. knitting club, and contributing her talents to Appointed Gospel Choir and Umoja, a student organization that promotes unity for all and raises awareness of social and racial issues.

“My time at Wells taught me the value of family and community,” Phylicia said. “I learned how to really apply myself in the classroom, think critically, understand social issues, and be a voice for the voiceless. I learned the meaning of inclusion. I learned how to empower others. Wells taught me the importance of being the best person you could possibly be, for the sake of myself and for the sake of others.”

In her remarks, Phylicia advised her fellow graduates to: “Understand that you have the knowledge, the power, the strength, the courage, the confidence, and the love of God to face this world… Affect people with good energy, and most importantly understand that you are not going to have it all together, you are not going to know all of the answers because you're not supposed to – so don't bother trying to plan life, enjoy life and don't miss the moments.”

Phylicia also referenced broader struggles and injustices related to race and gender oppression—the focus of her activist efforts—and encouraged attendees to “Be like minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and be humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.”

Phylicia will begin start making her own impact outside of Wells this fall as she pursues a master’s in school counseling. She’s currently looking at programs at the University of Binghamton and the Warner School of Education at The University of Rochester.

“Phylicia is just an all-around great example of a Wells student and has a presence that lights up a room,” said Dean of Students Jenn Michael. “[She is] just a great person in general!”

Wells added the student speaker to the Commencement exercises in 2014.

 

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