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Morehouse Celebrates Summer Commencement

Dr. John E. Maupin Jr., president of Morehouse School of Medicine, receives honorary degree

ATLANTA, July 21, 2007-- Morehouse College graduated 65 additional members of the class of 2007 during its Summer Commencement convocation on Saturday, July 21. The Commencement took place at 10 a.m. in the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel on the Morehouse College campus.

The Summer Commencement, an extension of the 123rd Commencement exercises that took place in May, was the first official convocation for the 10th president of Morehouse, Dr. Robert Michael Franklin, who assumed the post July 1.

Highlights of the summer convocation included the Commencement address by Dr. John E. Maupin Jr., the fifth president of Morehouse School of Medicine. Maupin also received the honorary doctor of humane letters degree, making him an honorary Morehouse man, a distinction he now shares with his two sons: Masao Henry Kingi (“Hank”), who graduated in 1992 and his late son Virgil, who finished in 1997.

Maupin’s address included common sense advice for the more than five-dozen graduates. He stressed the importance of sticking together and used the majestic Sequoia tree as a metaphor, telling the class that the only way those ancient trees are able to stand is by sticking together. The Sequoia is one of the oldest trees on earth, with bark sometimes as thick as two feet deep. They can grow as tall as 300 feet and weigh as much as 2 million pounds.

"Learn from God's design," said Maupin. "The Sequoias don't fall because they interlock their roots."

"We need you at the front to help save our children, to save our community,” he said. “Too many of our youth believe that sex, violence, disrespect toward women and elders are innate parts of black culture. We must stand up against such ignorance and destructive behavior."

A native of Los Angeles, California, Maupin received his undergraduate training at San Jose State College and earned the D.D.S. degree in 1972 from Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry. The following year, he completed a general dentistry residency at Provident Hospital in Baltimore, Md., and subsequently received an M.B.A. degree in 1979 from Loyola College in Baltimore.

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*Please see photos from Summer Commencement attached. Cut lines:

Photo #1: Dr. Robert Michael Franklin, 10th president of Morehouse College, confers the honorary degree on Commencement speaker Dr. John E. Maupin Jr., president of Morehouse School of Medicine.

Photo #2: The Morehouse College summer graduating class processes to the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel.

Posted by at July 25, 2007 04:07 PM

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