DSU Holds Fall Convocation – article and photo slideshow
Dr. James L. Moore, Class of 1995, returned to his undergraduate home on Sept. 14 to give some wisdom to DSU students and especially freshmen during the annual Convocation, which ceremoniously proclaimed the start of the 2017-2018 school year.
For images of the Convocation Ceremony, click on the below photo slideshow link:
Dr. Moore, who is the Chief Diversity Officer at Ohio State University, is internationally recognized for his work on African American males. It was clear from his Convocation address that he is well-versed in what college students should do to succeed.
He noted that students should be cognizant of possibilities that are presented by the DSU experience.
“There is something special, profound and prophetic happening at DSU,” Dr. Moore told the students. “I want you to embrace the ethos of excellence here.”
He recommended that students start immediately visualizing themselves in their graduate regalia, and then make the fulfillment of that vision a top priority. He urged them to find faculty and others who they can connect with positively.
At the end of the address, Dr. Moore gave the students a quote from the legendary past president of Morehouse University, Dr. Benjamin Mays, to give them sage guidance for their academic journey and life in general.
“Dr. Mays said, “Whatever you do, do it so well that no man, dead or alive, can do it better’,” Dr. Moore told the students.
More than 25 years ago, Dr. Moore was seated where the students sat to listen to his address. He went on to earn a BA in English Education from DSU, and later an MA in Education and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education, both from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Convened by DSU President Harry L. Williams, the Convocation begin with a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem by Marquita Richardson, a senior general music major. The DSU Concert Band provided the opening and closing music, and the DSU Concert Choir performed a uniquely special African composition.
To see and hear the Concert Choir performance, click on the below YouTube link:
Held in the Education & Humanities Theatre, the standing-room-only crowd also heard remarks from Provost Tony Allen, Board of Trustees Chairwoman Wilma Mishoe, Faculty Senate Chairwoman Alexandra Silver and SGA President Lackeeria Lewis.
This program was directed by Brenda F. Farmer, ’99, ’07, executive director of University Events and Ceremonies.