Sunday, September 25, 2011

Howard University's 144th Opening Convocation

Howard University’s 144th Opening Convocation

Howard University’s 144th Opening Convocation was held in Cramton Auditorium on Friday, September 23, 2011. The keynote speaker was the president and chief executive of UNCF, Dr. Lomax. UNCF is an abbreviation for the United Negro College Fund. The convocation is an event that marks the 144th academic year at the Mecca.

UNCF is a nonprofit foundation that awards scholarships to African American students attending HBCU’s. These scholarships start at the undergraduate levels and are dispersed all the way to the doctorate levels. UNCF proves to be a great financial resource to many students. Ironically, Howard University is not a member of UNCF.

Dr. Lomax spoke about an array of topics including the goals and missions of Howard University, the responsibility of students before and after graduation, and our common mission as African American people. He made giving back a main theme of his lecture and aimed to motivate and inspire us.

Alumni, staff, and current students were also recognized and honored during the convocation. It is important to me to see people who were once in my shoes. Convocation also educated me on the history of Howard and the legacy of the Mecca. Convocation will have an impact on how I approach my education from here on.

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