Judge E. J. Salcines '59 Tells Graduates: Thank Those Who Helped You
Judge E.J. Salcines
LAKELAND (Dec. 19, 2009) — Fifty years after getting his degree from Florida Southern College, Judge E.J. Salcines '59 told members of the Class of 2009 that they had more in common with his own class than they might imagine.
We share the satisfaction of work well done, a sense of excitement in anticipation of the future, and the pride of our families and teachers, said the judge, who has served on the 2nd District Court of Appeal since 1998.
At the winter commencement exercises, the College conferred degrees on 171 graduates from the colleges traditional day program, the Lakeland evening and masters degree programs, and the Orlando and Ocala programs. Two graduates, Rachel Adair Cook of Lakeland and Verletta Patrice Jackson, were awarded the prestigious Presidents Scholar Medals for outstanding academics and distinguished citizenship.
The College also awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, to Lester Wishnatzki, a Lakeland philanthropist and national leader and innovator in the strawberry business.
Judge Salcines, a member of the Colleges Board of Trustees, reminded the graduates to thank those who made their success possible. Life is a team effort, he said. No one does it alone. Dont forget to thank your teachers, friends, and others who helped you along the way and do it today, before you leave this campus.
As an example, the judge publicly tipped his hat to former Florida Gov. Reubin Askew, who was in the auditorium to see his granddaughter graduate. Thank you, Governor. I have never forgotten how you have helped me over the years.