Newest Men of Morehouse Move In for Start of New Student Orientation Freshmen get ready for a ‘top-flight education.’Date Released: August 9, 2017
By ADD SEYMOUR JR.
When Gabriel Harold was 3 months old, his father, Jeffrey, walked the young man around the Morehouse campus and told him, “Son, this is where we’d like for you to go.”
Now 18 years later, Gabriel has moved into a room at Graves Hall and is cherishing what he has always known—Morehouse College is the place for him.
“Being here just felt right,” he said. “The brotherhood, the sense of community, the feeling that the people around you—especially the professors—really care about you and want you to succeed. I’m excited about moving in to start my academic career at Morehouse.”
Many similar stories were shared this week among the hundreds of parents, families, friends, and loved ones who moved the newest men of Morehouse onto campus for the start of the College’s New Student Orientation. More than 700 freshmen were expected. Festivities continue through Sunday.
During NSO, new students and their families receive a three-day indoctrination into Morehouse’s traditions while completing registration for the fall semester. Classes for all students begin Wednesday, Aug. 16.
Early Tuesday morning, vehicles from all over the country lined up, snaking their way into campus as students and families prepared to unload computers, trunks full of clothing, and everything else needed for dorm life. Some donned Morehouse rain slickers in the downpour refusing to let the weather dampen the excitement of Move-In Day. Just in case students ran out of closet space, a retailer with Bed Bath & Beyond sold plastic storage cabinets to those who needed more room for their clothes.
“It’s a special day,” said Interim President Harold Martin ’02 as he greeted parents and students. “It’s nostalgic. Other than being raised by my family, Morehouse was the single decision that changed the trajectory of my whole life. So, I look at these young men knowing that their lives are changing, whether they know it or not.”
Milo Howard of Bristol, Va., said the College’s history and way of embracing African American males made Morehouse the perfect place for his son, Miles.
“He’s in great hands,” Milo said. “The reputation speaks for itself. As a father, that means a lot. It means hopefully he can follow behind those individuals. As they say, you stand on the shoulders of giants, which makes you taller. I’m hoping that’s what’s happening here.”
Miles said he is ready to be a Man of Morehouse.
“It’s a great title, and I think I can fill the shoes,” he said. “I’ve been looking forward to this moment for a long time.”
For more information about upcoming NSO events, click here.
Last Modified: August 9, 2017, 16:08 PM, by: Synera Shelton