HAMPTON, Va. (November 8, 2018) - On Friday, October 26, 2018, the Hampton University Convocation Center was filled with friends, food, love and laughter as the Office of Alumni Affairs hosted the Forty under 40 Brunch and Induction Ceremony. Grammy nominated Hip Hop artist Lana ‘MC Lyte’ Moorer served as the keynote speaker for the ceremony.
“Things are going extraordinarily well here at Hampton. I want you all to know how much you inspire me and how much you inspire others. When people see that you all are recipients of our high quality education and social experiences we give here at Hampton, it encourages people to give, financially and in other ways,” said Hampton University President, Dr. William R. Harvey. “I tell people all the time that Hampton is great because we are a team. I am the team leader, but this a team that keeps this university at its highest standard.”
Those inducted into the third class of the Forty under 40 society are a dynamic group of high achieving young Hampton alumni whose commitment and excellence is reflected in their drive for professional success and personal growth. The prestigious group represents the top forty young alumni that are continuing to share with the world what is so special about our ‘Home by the Sea.’
Lana ‘MC Lyte’ Moorer served as the keynote speaker for the ceremony. She is the first female to perform hip hop in the White House and is the first female to serve as president of the Los Angeles chapter of the Recording Academy. She holds many titles, such as, lyricist, inspirational speaker, DJ, pioneer, icon, and veteran hip hop artist of all time. Throughout her moving speech,
MC Lyte shared stories about her childhood, her life as MC, her successes as well as her struggles.
“There was a time I lost sight of why I wanted to be in this business, but I soon remembered. It was to inspire others. Words have power, bottom-line. There is not a single person in this room that can say they haven’t thought about something and brought it life by speaking it into existence,” said MC Lyte. “Words that will speak life will make you unstoppable like many unstoppable Hampton alumni who came before you. Honor your HBCU legacy. Speak what you seek until you seek what you said. That means keep it all good and keep it all positive.”
Following the moving speech by keynote speaker MC Lyte, forty Hampton University Alumni under the age of forty were inducted into the Forty under 40 society. Each inductee received a Forty under 40 blazer along with a plaque as a symbol of their success.
Each year, those inducted into the Forty under 40 society raise funds for the Forty under 40 leadership scholarship. This year’s class raised a total of $42,000 through donations, ticket sales, and ad sales.
“When we began the Forty under 40 program in 2016, we wanted to create a platform to serve as recognition for young alumni who are excelling in their professional and personal ventures. I am so proud of the success we’ve had thus far. I was pleased to be in the moment sharing this achievement with the inductees,” said Brint Martin, MBA, and Director of the Hampton University Office of Alumni Affairs. “I am excited to see the next steps in the journeys of these leaders. I am looking forward for the years to come as these inductees have built a legacy for our next young honorees. Together we will build in strengthening and growing our great institution.”
2018 Honoree Class Occupational List:
- · Computer Scientist
- · Musicians
- · Attorneys
- · Athletes
- · Dancers
- · Virologist
- · Journalist
- · Marketing Executives
- · Band Directors
- · Entrepreneurs