Rochon addresses more than 900 freshmen
TUSKEGEE, Ala. (August 23, 2011) — Tuskegee University President Gilbert L. Rochon addressed more than 900 freshmen in an annual assembly in the University Chapel on Sunday, Aug. 21. Rochon introduced key administration members, academic deans and student government officials to the new students.
“This is the largest freshmen class in quite some time,” Rochon said. “This has occurred without reducing standards. You all are extremely bright and competitive.”
Rochon talked about the rich history of the university and its unique contributions in the past and today.
“You have found yourselves at a truly unique university,” he said. “Growing up, we all knew about the legacy and heritage of the Tuskegee Airmen, George Washington Carver and Booker T. Washington. You come at an interesting time in our future.”
Rochon discussed the new degree programs the university is slated to launch soon, including communications, forensic sciences, public health, information technology and bioethics. Rochon also encouraged students to have a healthy social experience by being involved in student activities.
“We hope you take advantage of the wide array of opportunities provided to you,” Rochon said. “This institution is absolutely committed to being student-centered. We want you to enjoy, experience and excel here. We want you to leave here with the same enthusiasm that alumni in their 90s still have.”
Tuskegee University President Gilbert L. Rochon addressed more than 900 freshmen in an annual assembly in the University Chapel on Sunday, Aug. 21.