Auburn University president addresses Tuskegee graduates during summer commencement



Clay Felton, who received his master's degree
in electrical engineering, takes the
alumni oath with fellow graduates.


Tuskegee University President Gilbert L. Rochon
presents civil and voting rights legend, and
Tuskegee alumna Amelia Boynton Robinson
with the Booker T. Washington Legacy Award.

TUSKEGEE, Ala. (August 16, 2011) — 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.”


Tuskegee University President Gilbert L. Rochon presented Gogue with the President’s Leadership Award for Research and Academic Collaboration.


Civil rights legend Amelia Boynton Robinson was acknowledged for her continuous service and dedication. Known as the matriarch of voter’s rights, she received the Booker T. Washington Legacy Award.


“This is the greatest time of my life … to be back in my home that made me,” said Robinson, a Tuskegee alumna.


Rochon also acknowledged Glenn Dickerson, the university’s associate vice president for finance/comptroller for exemplary service.

Auburn University President Jay Gogue delivers the commencement address in the University Chapel.











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