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President Robert M. Franklin '75 Welcomes Approximately 920 New Students to Campus

By ADD SEYMOUR JR.

President Robert M. Franklin Jr. '75 welcomed to Morehouse approximately 920 incoming freshmen and transfer students, but told them to humbly cherish the classroom spaces they will soon occupy.

"You are the envy of the world," Franklin said during the New Student Opening Convocation in the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel on Wednesday, Aug. 20. "You are the answer to the ancestors’ prayers. You are the pride of the village and the hope of a nation."

Approximately 770 freshman and 150 transfer or other new students are on campus this fall.

The convocation is part of the eight-day New Student Orientation (NSO), a series of activities and events to acclimate new students and their parents to the College. The students are on their own after the emotional Parents’ Parting Ceremony on Thursday, Aug. 21, when students ceremoniously enter the gates of the College without their parents.

During Wednesday’s convocation, the students – nearly all in suits and ties – began the program by marching into the chapel as their parents and families beamed proudly, many standing to applaud.

The students scribbled notes on pads or entered text into their cell phones as Franklin pointed out the five characteristics he wants them to embody during their time at Morehouse: well-read, well-traveled, well-dressed, well-spoken and well-balanced.

But Franklin also had comforting words for the parents and families of the College’s newest additions to the student body.

“Leave your son or grandson at Morehouse and be proud of what you have done in rearing and nurturing him,” he said. “You are leaving him in good hands and we will make him into a Morehouse man. And because of that, the world will be a better place.”

To view Dr. Franklin's full NSO Address to parents and students, click here.

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