I was one of them back on May 17, 2009. It's easy to remember that date because well it was a long time in coming and this was not something to be taken for granted. Those earlier times I graduated well they were already expected and in the bag. A Morehouse degree...wasn't!
A press release from Morehouse:
Four years of learning – in the classroom and through social activism – has prepared the 500 new graduates of Morehouse to become true Morehouse Men, valedictorian Jamaji Nwanaji-Enwerem said during the College’s 128th Commencement ceremony on the Century Campus.This class referred to themselves as "Franklin's Men". Time will only tell how long his influence will last over Morehouse.
“We are ready to become the next business tycoons, world health leaders, music moguls, fashion trendsetters, progressive research scientists, social advocates, etc.,” he said during his address to more than 10,000 family, friends, faculty and staff. “We are ready to make Morehouse proud.”
His proud mother and father were already in tears.
“It’s exhilarating,” said Jamaji’s father, Sir Pamaji Nwanaji-Enwerem as his wife, Lady Chioma, beamed. “I’m so happy and proud of him and all the students graduating with him. It’s an enjoyable day.”
The sun-splashed day was even more special as President Robert M. Franklin ’75 gave his final Commencement address as Morehouse president. Franklin is stepping down in 2012 to focus on his writing and research on issues facing black boys and men.
BTW, if you haven't subscribed to the Morehouse College's YouTube channel do so. There is video of both commencement and baccalaureate uploaded. They're embedded below!