Applause filled the Kirbo Center in Bainbridge as an American icon took the stage.
"It's an honor to have a president on our campus. there are very few institutions that have had this great honor," says Dr. Richard Carvajal.
As Commander In Chief, he took action on the Panama Canal treaties.
The Camp David Accords and a treaty between Egypt and Israel. But its the humanitarian work that came after his time in The White House that made Jimmy Carter a symbol for peace.
"You have to accommodate changing times... but cling to unchanging principles," says Carter.
That's just a sample of what people heard from President Carter.
"Great to have an inspirational and motivational speaker and a former president to energize us to do what's right in the world," says Sheriff Wiley Griffin.
A message of social justice and a challenge to dream big.
Carter says, "As somebody who grew up in a farming community in southwest georgia and went to his local college and went on to beccome the leader of the free world. how did that story happen and really that's such a great example for our students and for everyone in southwest georgia that they can be anything they want to be."
Even president of The United States. It wouldn't be the first time.