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Class of 2015 Begins Its First Days as Men of Morehouse


(August 23, 2011) – Nicolas Johnson has been waiting since his sophomore year in high school for the day that he would be able to put on a maroon tie and walk across the Morehouse campus as a student.

As part of the class of 2015, that day has arrived.

“I’ve loved everything about the school,” said Johnson, who is from Leavenworth, Kan. and will be majoring in biology. “I love that I’m coming to an atmosphere where I can get the tools necessary for an African American male in today’s society. It’s exciting.”

He is one of more than 600 new men of Morehouse – hailing from 40 states and six countries – starting classes and a new phase in their lives this week.

The group isn’t as large as most first-year classes at Morehouse, but William Bynum, vice president for Enrollment Management and Student Services, said it is one of the College’s more accomplished freshman classes.

“Even though the class is smaller, the academic indicators are stronger – such as an average 3.2 grade point average and a 1050 on the math and verbal portions of the SAT,” he said. “I’m very excited about this class and the new year.”

Last week, the new men of Morehouse, along with their proud families and friends, took part in New Student Orientation activities that introduced them to Morehouse and the College’s many traditions.

“My son is coming into an environment that has culture and is a place where he can broaden his mind,” said Prissana Alston of New York about her son, Doyle Randall. “He’s amongst a couple of thousand of people who look like him and he’ll be in an environment where he can get knowledge and the experience to go off into the world and get that global perspective.”

President Robert M. Franklin ’75 told the class of 2015 that they were being prepare for a future as leaders.

“People see in you a potential to spread your wings and soar,” he said. “You are at Morehouse to actualize that potential.”

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