Commencement 2016 Weekend At-A-Glance

From the NewsCenter at Morehouse  -  May 15, 2016

Invest in American Education Said Morehouse Commencement Speaker Strive Masiyiwa

While Dr. Strive Masiyiwa continues to fund the education of thousands of African students, the 132nd Morehouse Commencement speaker told nearly 6,000 people gathered to watch the class of 2016 graduate Sunday that America must make the same investment in students.

“I’ve been really concerned that there are so many young Americans for whom the cost of a college education is prohibitive,” he said.  “Surely this should not be so. This is America, my dear friends.  I say this with all the humility and love of a friend – lets us fix this problem.”

His message of investment in the future was just one of many that lifted the more than 380 young men graduating on a sunny, but chilly morning on the College’s Century Campus.

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Morehouse College Baccalaureate Speaker Tells 2016 Graduating Class “It’s Your Time”

Sports and scriptures served as backdrops in a rousing Baccalaureate sermon aimed to inspire the Morehouse College Class of 2016. The Rev. Dr. Howard-John Wesley turned to former NFL coach/player Vince Lombardi and, from the Bible, Saul — the first king of Israel — in telling the group “It’s Your Time.”

In a paraphrase to Lombardi, Wesley reminded the class that “the greatest tragedy is not to try, not to fail. The greatest tragedy is to have a gift and not do anything with it.

“You are not graduating from Morehouse just to let life happen to you,” added Wesley, pastor of Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, Va. Wilson and his congregation reportedly have raised more than $7 million for Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

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