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 University Begins New Academic Year

Norfolk State University began its academic year with a week of activities welcoming its freshman students and welcoming back its faculty and staff.

NSU President Tony Atwater delivered a robust State of the University address, Monday, August 12, to 800 attendees in the newly renovated L. Douglas Wilder Performing Arts Center. His address, “A Mountain Worth the Climb,” reflected on accomplishments during the 2012-13 academic year and laid out strategies for the present academic year.

“Since 1935, NSU has exhibited the courage, determination and persistence to survive and advance to new heights,” said Dr. Atwater. “As a strong and vital university, we will continue to climb until we reach the ‘top of the mountain.’ And there we will realize our full potential as one of America’s best universities.”

Tuesday, August 13, the University formally welcomed the Class of 2017 during Freshman Convocation. Students took the Spartan Pledge in which they agreed to uphold the standards and mission of Norfolk State University and to bring honor and credit to the University. The first-year students also took part in the traditional pinning ceremony, featuring a special NSU pin designed for their class.

Dr. Atwater reminded the students why they were attending NSU. “Remember, your first priority as a Spartan is to finish your academic degree,” he said. “Make good on your family’s investment by working hard and applying yourself so that you maintain good academic standing and graduate.” He provided them with tips to be academically successful while encouraging them to take at least 15 credit hours per semester in order to graduate in 4 to 5 years. “Earning your academic degree opens the door to other important opportunities ahead of you,” he said. “Make a commitment today that you will accomplish that goal.”

The week of activities will conclude on Sunday, August 18. A signature event that day includes a presentation by the Three Doctors. Drs. Sampson Davis, Rameck Hunt and George Jenkins are scheduled to speak at Norfolk State University's Echols Hall, Sunday from 3-5 p.m. Their book, The Pact: Three Young Men Make a Promise and Fulfill a Dream, is this year’s common reader for new students. This gritty tale provides opportunities for meaningful dialogue about relevant issues that many students are likely to experience during their first year on campus. The Three Doctors can provide insight on remaining in college, despite challenges. The event is free and open to the public and includes a book signing.

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