On Sunday, the Hampton University Class of 2014 will be
inspired by our keynote speaker the Honorable John Charles Thomas,
retired justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia. HU President
Dr. William R. Harvey will also offer a charge and bid the class farewell.
Some familiar faces on campus also had a few words they wanted to share with the Class of 2014.
Dr. Barbara L. Inman Vice President for Student Affairs
"My favorite animal is the turtle. The reason is that in order for the turtle to move, it has to stick its neck out. There are going to be times in your life when you're going to have to stick your neck out. There will be challenges and instead of hiding in a shell, you have to go out and meet them." - Ruth Westheimer
Woodson H. Hopewell, Jr. Dean of Men
"Identify your passion in life. Some graduates don't really know who they are or what they want to do in life. But if you approach life with a passion for engagement, a love for adventure, and an appreciation for God's creation, you will find your true treasure. Pursue your treasure with all the passion and love you have: for where your treasure is, that is where your heart will be also."
With prayers for your continued success in life,
Jewel B. Long Dean of Women
"I am pleased to share with you two of the things I know for sure. You are a Designer's Original, and I encourage you to always be yourself. Just like the butterflies I collect, each individual is unique and different but beautiful in their own way. No matter how young or how old we are, we are all in a developmental stage of becoming the best persons we can all be. Be uniquely you! The second tidbit that I will share is to emphasize that it is extremely important to build relationships. Relationships are invaluable assets that pay huge intangible dividends."
Dr. Sabin P. Duncan Director, Freddye T. Davy Honors College
"Be present for today. For years, you have worked toward graduation. While it is a laudable accomplishment, I hope you found joy in the "everyday" occurrences of your undergraduate experience. Please do not subscribe to the illusion that happiness will happen once a particular moment arrives. True happiness is in THIS moment – so experience it, fully."
Congratulations seniors! Hampton University has given you education for living! Now it is up to you to work the plan you made for your future. If you did not use the Career Center while you were a student at Hampton University, it is not too late. Services are still open to you as alumni. Always remember to listen to constructive criticism and take from it any suggestions for changes that will make you grow. Be professional in your dealings, respect yourself and others, treat people as you would like to be treated, and continuously develop "Brand You." The Career Center is always here for you. We wish you the best of luck!
Vivian Wrenn David
Director, Career Counseling and Planning Center