“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
(Jeremiah 29:11)

Today marks the ending of one chapter of my life, and the beginning of a new one as I continue to pursue God’s plans for my life. Throughout this journey, there were times I wanted to give up. I have questioned God’s plans…but He never failed to show up, teaching me to trust Him and reminding me of His Promises.

I am able to say I am a first-generation college graduate. If you have had family members graduate before you, and your family has the opportunity to attend college, you may not understand the pressure, struggle, opportunity, and the tremendous blessing of having the honor to say you are starting a new tradition for your family.

So…let me reintroduce myself. My name is Loudrige Pierre, born and raised in Haiti, the ninth child from a family of ten, Lipscomb University graduate, with a degree in Business Administration & Management/Human Resource Management. Wow!! The feeling of being able to introduce myself that way is beyond explainable. I am not one to pat myself on the back, but just this once, I want to say how proud I am of myself, for working hard and making my dream of graduating college come true.

This journey wouldn’t be possible without the amazing support that I had from all the wonderful people that God has placed in my life throughout the years. No matter how small your contribution may have seemed, this journey wouldn’t be possible without you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, for all your support, from financial to prayers, to words of encouragement.

Thank you to my wonderful mother, Alide Methelus who loves me unconditionally, encourages me, and continues believing in me. Thank you, Danita’s Children, for giving me a good home, unconditional love with many great opportunities…Danita Estrella Watts, Brenda Sapp, Karris Hudson, words are not nearly enough for me to express my gratitude. Thank you for being obedient to God and being great examples for us. Thank you for providing a place that I can call home, learn about God, receive a valuable education, and find the support to pursue a college education. Thank you for being wonderful mothers to us all. Thank you for pushing me to be the best version of myself. I am blessed to be the woman I am today because you played a big role in my life. I hope you all know how wonderful you are. I love you all, and may God continue to place His hands over your lives. Thank you, Jean Richard Pierre, for being a great father figure in my life. You have encouraged us to work hard and showed that you believe in us. I thank God for placing you in all of our lives and I am beyond grateful for you. A special thank you to these families who have opened their home and made me a part of their families:

D’acuisto family, Ed & Erin Largoza, thank you from the bottom of my heart. Solito family, Snodgrass family, I am beyond grateful for all of you, and thank you for being a part of my life. I pray God’s blessings over you always. I love you all. And for those of you out there that I did not mention, by name, I want to also thank you for your support and all the ways you have contributed to get me to this day. May God continue to bless you as you’ve been a blessing to others. And to those who are currently in college, and soon to be, my advice to you is trust God and work hard because at the end you will see the fruits of your labor.

“If you work hard and you do your best, you can do anything.” Erin Heatherton

Loudrige Pierre