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Governor McAuliffe Regales NSU Grads during Commencement Address

by Communications and Marketing -

On a cold and wet Saturday morning, December 9, 2017, hundreds of students, faculty, staff, alumni, family and friends quickly transformed the Norfolk Scope from a quiet arena into NSU’s 101st Commencement. Graduating ceremonies at historically black colleges and universities are unlike similar ceremonies at other institutions of higher education.

Part coming out party, near-religious gathering and part family reunion, nearly 400 students were celebrated by a diverse group of dignitaries, fellow students, friends, family and faculty. The gathering of students received their degrees and nine students were commissioned into their respective branches of the Army and Navy during the two-hour ceremony. The arena lit up with smiles, laughs, tears of joy and an overwhelming aura of accomplishment.

During his remarks, Gov. McAuliffe recognized a couple of NSU students for their achievements and abilities to overcome adversity. “Where’s Yasmine Charles? There she is,” he said acknowledging the young woman. “She is a Navy veteran who was homeless. She reached out to President Moore for assistance to continue her education.” The governor searched the crowd and called, “Davonte Smith. In a couple of days, he’ll start a new job at WCBD Channel 12 News in South Carolina.”

The fall 2017 commencement was indeed bittersweet as it served as the last commencement address for the governor as his term ends in January 2018, and the last commencement that President Eddie N. Moore Jr. will officiate as NSU president. Both were presented with honorary degrees of humane letters from the university. President Moore received a framed state flag from the governor and thanks for his service to the University and to the citizens of the Commonwealth.

Norfolk State University congratulates our new alumni and as always, BEHOLD the Green and Gold!

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