Spotlight Stories




Ivan Conard came to Morehouse College from Cleveland with raw talent and no real way to pay for his education. When his pregnant mother dropped him off for freshman orientation 710 miles away from home, he was convinced that he could somehow find a way to stay for classes.

Conard, a natural salesman, wasn’t worried. 

It took him three days of knocking on doors and pitching himself to administrators to secure the means to cover his higher education. On May 21, Conard will make good on the investment Morehouse made in his future. He will graduate with honors and start a new career - in banking and sales.

“I fear nothing,” he said. “ I have always had faith and the gift of gab.” Read More »


Blake Benyard, a Morehouse College scholar athlete, has dashed and hurdled, vaulted and jumped, pushing himself through a grueling test of mettle and might to reach the end of a race.

His endurance is unyielding.

On May 21, this decathlete will finally pause at the finish line, bend over, and catch his breath. After four years on the run, Benyard, a senior physics major from Lorain, Ohio, is graduating magna cum laude with an award for having the highest grade point average in his department – a 3.8. Read More »



Ron Thomas Wins "Legacy Award" For Contributions To Journalism

Ron Thomas, the director of the Morehouse College Journalism and Sports Program, hit a career grand slam this year. He was presented with a "Legacy Award" today at the National Association for Black Journalists Convention in New Orleans, La. for his work as teacher and mentor of budding journalists at Morehouse College and throughout the country.


Asante Challenges Students to Look Through a Different Lens

In the fourth Crown Forum of the spring semester, Dr. Molefi Kete Asante issued a challenge to the Men of Morehouse. Asante, professor and chair of the Department of African American Studies at Temple University, encouraged students to look at academics through an Afrocentric lens.





NBA’s New York Knicks Names Harold Ellis ’92 Director of Player Personnel

Morehouse College’s biggest basketball star has joined the front office of one of the National Basketball Association’s most storied franchises. Harold Ellis ’92, Morehouse’s leading career scorer who went on to play in the NBA, has been named Director of Player Personnel for the New York Knicks, the team announced this month. Ellis was among a group of new front office employees hired recently by the Knicks.

Hakim J. Lucas ’99 Is Named President of Virginia Union University

Alumnus Hakim J. Lucas ’99 has become the latest Morehouse Man to be appointed as a college or university president. He was recently named the 13th President of Virginia Union University (VUU). Lucas, who had been the vice president for Institutional Advancement at Bethune-Cookman University, will begin working at VUU on Sept. 1.