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Kelly Porter watches as Amy Alison and the rest of the Class of 2012 toss confetti in the air celebrating the end of commencement. (Credit: BRUCE CHAPMAN/JOURNAL)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Salem Academy and College’s class of 2012 was urged Saturday to not just think of graduation as the first day of the rest of their lives, but also as the first step onto a global stage of influence and opportunity.

Salem held its commencement ceremony for 153 bachelor’s and 17 master’s graduates on a nearly perfect spring morning at the campus’ May Dell.

Jo Luck, the former chief executive of Heifer International, talked about her work with the organization, which tries to resolve world hunger by providing farm animals to people living in impoverished areas.

Luck was chosen as commencement speaker in part because of Salem’s school-year focus on easing hunger in the local community.

“Your journey is to go forth and live life on a global stage as a global citizen, and to be part of the solution,” Luck said.

This article was written by Richard Craver and originally published by The Winston-Salem Journal. Click here to read the full story.