HAMPTON, Va. (May 13, 2019) — This weekend has been one of the more memorable Hampton University Commencement Weekends. There is NO DOUBT that the Military Alumni were the show piece of this weekend, so kudos to all our Military Alum and especially to all our warrior alumni mothers on Mother's Day. There was the ROTC Commissioning Ceremony, the Nurse Pinning, the Alumni Dinner and then graduation. In each one of those events, Military Alumni had a prominent role to play.
The ROTC Commissioning took place at Ogden Hall in the morning of May 12, 2019. LTG Darrell Williams, Class of 1983, delivered wisdom to our new Lieutenants and Ensigns. He encouraged them to show up to their first assignment ready to lead; first in stature/fitness, followed by character, commitment, performance, and taking charge when in charge....words that if followed will thrust them ahead of their peers.
LTG Williams administered the oath the Army Lieutenants, and Captain (Select) Timothy Jones, Class of 1998, administered the oath to the Navy Ensigns.
Captain Ed Poindexter, Public Health Service, Class of 1994, served as the speaker for the Nursing Pinning Ceremony at Ogden Hall. He covered the six pillars of success model,(trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship) before he discussed how he prepared for the NGLEX, establishing five year and ten year goals, establishing timelines for the goals, seeking a graduate degree, along with attributes of patience, self behavior, trust and how great the 2019 graduates were.
The Alumni banquet took place Saturday night at the Hampton Roads Convention Center. Each graduating class ending in 4 or 9 were there and presented checks for funds raised this past year to give back to Hampton University.
At graduation, LTG Williams was the Keynote Speaker. He encouraged the graduates to pursue their dreams, make no excuses, and to take on a sense of urgency when pursuing the dream.