NSU Grads Told to Never Forget Their Roots
(NSU NEWSROOM--Dec. 14, 2013)--More than 400 Norfolk State University students earned bachelor’s or advanced degrees at Joseph G. Echols Hall during the University’s fall commencement ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 14.
The commencement ceremony was the first for Interim NSU President and CEO Eddie N. Moore, Jr., who also took his oath of office as the University’s interim president.
Moore encouraged students to continue to work hard as they moved on in life, whether it was to continue to pursue their education or begin their careers. He told students to always give their best in whatever path they choose and pledged to do the same as the University’s president.
The students were cheered on by hundreds of relatives, friends, faculty and fellow alumni, who were present to watch them earn their degrees. Some students took part in their own congratulations as they took “selfies” on their mobile devices with fellow students, recorded cell phone videos of ceremony proceedings and other moments in Echols Hall.
The keynote speaker, Dr. Yvonne T. Maddox, deputy director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, called for students to follow their dreams but to not forget where they came from.
“As graduates of historically black colleges and universities, we both should claim our academic roots with honor, as they have sown and are a part of a cultural and nurturing legacy,” Maddox said to the audience.
Maddox said life is an “experience of contradictions” and students have to use the good moments they have experienced as a way to help positively shape their progress. Maddox also acknowledged that while we are in a technological age, for graduates to have more eye-to-eye connections with people and encouraged them to give back to their communities.
“You are to be recognized for an outstanding achievement, a success. You are a college graduate,” Maddox said.