Billie Dragoo Returns to Franklin College as Keynote Speaker


At 10 am on May 22, 2021, the Franklin College Commencement Ceremony was held as 194 undergraduates and 25 graduate students welcomed the next  stage in their lives. Lucky for them, Billie Dragoo was honored as the keynote speaker delivering an address full of inspiration, advice, and the motto that has aided her throughout her life – “and yet here you are.”

Dragoo’s speech included insights from her experience in the recruitment industry, navigating her way towards establishing a business, and learning to become comfortable with the uncomfortable. Dragoo went on to explain – “It matters how you play the game. We need you to act with courage and integrity. To become known as a person who will never sacrifice their principles and values for short term gains. We need you to seek out and discover the truth in every situation and to act in ways that benefit us all. Finally, we need you to show humility.”

In addition to delivering the keynote address, Dragoo was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Franklin College.

You can read more about her speech at

Or  you can watch a video displaying the commencement’s highlights at

June 8, 2021