Tuskegee University held its summer commencement today in the University Chapel. According to the Office of the Registrar, degrees conferred included business, chemistry, engineering and liberal arts. Newly commissioned officers of the U.S. Air Force were also recognized by their ROTC unit.
The speaker for the occasion was Jay Gogue, president of Auburn University.
“We should fully embrace our neighbor and engage in a variety of collaborative relationships,” said Tuskegee University President Gilbert L. Rochon about Gogue.
“He has reached out to Tuskegee University and the community here and has demonstrated that he is a strong partner.”
Gogue reminded graduates about how important their day of commencement was and will always be.
“You will remember this day for the rest of your lives,” Gogue told the graduates.
“When you see ‘Tuskegee’ on someone’s resume or record, you know they’ve been well-trained and educated, and have achieved (being) that citizen scholar.”
Gogue, whose institution has been collaborating with Tuskegee on several projects, encouraged graduates to have inspiration in their lives and careers.
“It doesn’t really matter (what or who it is),” Gogue said. “It needs to be a thing that you’re passionate about… the thing that you decide will inspire you.”
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