To the Morehouse College Class of 2020:

The entire Morehouse community would like to congratulate you on completing an incredible milestone.

As an alumnus of this beloved institution, you have earned the proud title of “Morehouse Man,” a distinction that challenges you to continue to lead, serve, and to rise as a game-changer in your profession. In December, we will formally recognize your achievements. Today, we salute you in the spirit of Morehouse’s mission and tradition.

In this next phase of your life, remember the words of the College’s sixth president, Dr. Benjamin E. Mays: It is not your environment, it is you—the quality of your mind, the integrity of your soul and the determination of your will— that will decide your future and shape your life. Whatever you do, strive to do it so well, that no man living, no man dead and no man yet to be born could do it better.”

You are a part of a unique community. This community includes many institutional ancestors and elders who paved the way for you to study at Morehouse College. This community includes more than 17,000 Morehouse alumni and a team of dedicated professors and staff members who have been focused on your success. As your President, I am both honored and humbled by your strength and resolve, especially in the wake of a global pandemic.

When you participate in Commencement, you will be welcomed in the tradition of this institution to assume a role bestowed upon you from generations of men and women who have transformed the nation and the world.

Your leadership will shine like a light in the darkness (“Et Facta Est Lux), at a time of unprecedented crisis and change. Your Morehouse brothers will be with you throughout your journey.

I would like to personally congratulate you on your success. Your Morehouse family is looking forward to honoring you in December as you stand before your loved ones and friends. We welcome you to the alumni network and will stand with you as you journey toward greatness.

You are an inspiration, Class of 2020. May God continue to bless you.


David A. Thomas
President, Morehouse College

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