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Freshman Convocation

Freshman Convocation will be airing Friday, September 18, 2020 at 11 a.m.

On Friday, September 18, 2020 the University will pause to celebrate its rich past and its promising future as well as welcome the Class of 2024 with the airing of Freshman Convocation. Like many colleges and universities, Norfolk State University has had to reimagine their university events because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, the University will welcome the Class of 2024 with a virtual Freshman Convocation Ceremony. The featured keynote speaker is NSU alumnus, The Honorable Don Carey III.


Don J. CareyDon J. Carey III
Chesapeake City Council Member

A native of Norfolk, Virginia, Don Carey graduated from Booker T. Washington High School and Norfolk State University (NSU), before becoming the first NSU football player drafted into the NFL in the Division I era. Over his 10 year professional playing career, Carey received numerous awards for accomplishments both on the field and in the community. Among these was the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, presented by the Detroit Lions.

Following his retirement from the NFL, Carey founded The Don Carey REECH Foundation, Inc., which uses sports as a catalyst to connect with and educate students about careers in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. Carey speaks at many schools of every level, challenging, teaching, and inspiring the next generation of leaders around the country.

A published author, Carey’s first book, “It’s Not Because I’m Better Than You,” shares his personal story and the principles he and others have used to achieve success. The book, released in 2017, has been met with extremely positive reviews.

In 2018 Carey received Norfolk State University's Graduate of the Last Decade award and, in 2019, was inducted into the NSU Athletic Hall of Fame. He continues to serve the community of Chesapeake, sitting on various boards and participating in several organizations that spearhead positive change across the city.

Carey was elected to Chesapeake City Council for a four-year term commencing July 1, 2020.