Dr. Constance Lacy, dean of the School of Human Services, gave the commencement address June 10, 2017 for Dallas Can! Academy-Ross Avenue at Jesse Owens Memorial Complex. Lacy spoke to 188 graduates and their families about being “finishers.” Lacy worked at Dallas Can! Academy for eight years from 1986 to 1994, and also completed her dissertation research at the school.

During the speech, Lacy highlighted that, like the Dallas Can! students she worked with to conduct her dissertation research 10 years ago; these students are “resilient.” They persevered and pushed through challenges and hardships to accomplish desired outcomes, graduation.