University shares past and future with prospective students


TUSKEGEE, Ala. (March 31, 2014) — Visitors from around the nation got a taste of all aspects of Tuskegee during Saturday’s Spring Open House. The Office of Admissions and Enrollment Management introduced prospective students and their families to the university’s academic programs, history and student life during a day filled with activities. 



Mann and Air Force ROTC cadets.
“Welcome to our home. Your presence here speaks volumes about your commitment to your futures,” Dr. Cynthia Sellers-Simon, vice president for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management told the audience gathered in University Chapel. “And, Tuskegee University is definitely a place where you can shape a bright future.” 

During the all-day event, visitors received information on admission requirements, campus life, degree programs, and student organizations. Dr. Matthew Jenkins, Tuskegee University’s acting president, welcomed the visitors and shared with them some of his experiences as part of Tuskegee’s long legacy of graduates. Also, he said that the university is a place that continues to promote personal and academic excellence in its students. 

"We expect great things of everyone. You may be rough when you get here, but when you leave, you will be a shining diamond. That's what we expect. " Jenkins said.

This year, part of the university’s historic military legacy, the Tuskegee Airmen, joined students at open house. Retired Lt. Col. Hiram Mann, an Original Documented Tuskegee Airman, traveled with a group of prospective students from South Carolina. Mann, was a pilot assigned to the 302 Fighter Squadron and later the
100th Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group in Italy. He flew combat missions with both squadrons. In 1944, he graduated from the Tuskegee Army Airfield Flying Training Program. In 2006, he received an honorary Ph.D. from the university. 

In Gen. Daniel “Chappie” James Museum, Mann met with cadets from Air Force ROTC and prospective students during open house. Mann, who lived in Emory Hall during his time here, said he remembers when materials used to have to be borrowed to complete building projects on campus and he is amazed by the progress of Tuskegee.

“It’s really turned into a great place,” Mann said. 

LASER team entertains with a skit.

Crowd of students enjoy the band at Open House.

Prospective students and families visit the booths during Open House.

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