Alcorn State recognized 86 President’s and 362 Dean’s Scholars at its 63rd Biannual Honors Convocation

JANS – Congratulations to the 448 students that were recognized at the 63rd Biannual Honors Convocation held on April 5, 2011, in the James L. Bolden Campus Union Ballroom. For the fall 2010 semester, 86 students were awarded honors as President’s Scholars and 362 students as Dean’s Scholars.Dr. Thomas C. Sturgis, director of Honors Curriculum and Pre-professional Programs, presided over the ceremony which opened with a prelude by the Alcorn State University Men Chorale under the direction of Charles Wesley. The performance was followed by an invocation offered by Cameron Jenkins, junior majoring in music, and a selection by the ASU Concert Choir under the direction of Donna Schaffer. Chief of Staff Marcus Ward commended the students for their academic success in his greeting to the audience. Tasheena Galmore, 1st vice president of the Student Government Association, introduced the keynote speaker, Alcorn State University President M. Christopher Brown II, Ph.D. In his convocation address, the president spoke to students about the importance of overcoming challenges on their way to excellence. He said, “Stay in college, study hard, turn stumbling blocks into stepping stones and let not anything or anybody hold you back on your way to excellence.” The program continued with recognition of the honorees by Dr. Samuel White, vice president for academic affairs, and Dr. Lawrence Konecky, chairperson, Department of Fine Arts. “This is a very significant occasion for my fellow President’s and Dean’s scholars and me,” shared President’s Scholar Malory Dayot. “This recognition by the University means a lot to us. We will continue to work hard and achieve great things to make our alma mater proud.” The ceremony concluded with the singing of the Alcorn Ode.