Tuskegee University receives more than $50,000 in donations during Fall Convocation


TUSKEGEE, Ala. (September 9, 2013) — The university administration officially welcomed new students during Sunday’s 132nd Fall Convocation and collected more than $50,000 in donations for the capital campaign. In a weekend of fundraising, the Tuskegee University Eminent Presidential $1,000 Plus Associates collected $52,266 to donate.

McKinley Brister, the associates’ chairman, also presented Tuskegee University President, Gilbert L. Rochon and Tuskegee University first lady, Patricia S. Rochon, with medallions as recognition for their gifts to the university. Also, the Tuskegee University Pre-Alumni Council presented a check for $1,881 for student scholarships.

“As pre-alumni, it’s our mission to give back to Mother Tuskegee as she has given to us,” said the council’s president, Jamon Pulliam.

Before the Class of 2017 and other new students were presented to the university community, Luther S. Williams, executive vice president and provost, spoke to them about the institution’s recent academic progress such as the addition of several new degree programs and online courses as well as an increased student retention rate of 77 percent. Williams also advised the new students about realizing their lifetime goals.

“Success requires setting rigorous standards. Commitment to hard work and resistance for failure,” Williams said.

Afterward, Rochon presented Williams with a plaque on a laptop as a special Presidential Award for Exemplary Service.

Later, the new students and student leadership were introduced by Walter A. Hill, vice provost and dean of the College of Agriculture, Environment and Nutrition Sciences; and Cynthia Sellers, vice president of student affairs and enrollment management.  


“The challenge has been issued for you to reach for the stars and excellence,” Hill said. “We welcome you to the family.”

From left, Kimberly Woodard, associate vice president for development and alumni affairs, president Gilbert Rochon, McKinley Brister, chairman, eminent associates, Patricia Rochon, Tuskegee University first lady. 


provost and executive vice president, Luther Williams
 presented with the Presidential Award, president Gilbert Rochon

Pre-Alumni present check during Fall Convocation.
From Left, president Gilbert Rochon, Jamon Pulliam,
president, pre-alumni council, Kimberly Woodard,
associate vice president for development and alumni affairs

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