Convocation Speaker Wes Moore Inspires Incoming Students

Youth advocate Wes Moore
Youth advocate Wes Moore delivers the keynote talk during Convocation.

NSU undergraduate students, their families, faculty members, and administration convened in the Arena at the Don Taft University Center for Convocation on Aug. 22, celebrating the start of the academic year.

Part of NSU’s Orientation and hosted by the NSU Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences, the ceremony included an inspirational keynote by youth advocate Wes Moore, as well as encouraging and engaging messages from NSU President George Hanbury II, Ph.D., and Pradeep Vanguri, Ph.D., associate professor and coordinator of athletic training at clinical site in the college.

President Hanbury challenged new students to find a proverbial spark while at NSU, by exploring their passions and utilizing the countless resources across campus.

“We can provide the fireplace, but you can’t sit in front of that fireplace and say, ‘Make me warm,’” Hanbury said. “It’s up to you to light that match.”

Vanguri, recipient of the 2013 Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences Full-Time Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award, spoke on behalf of faculty and shared five strategies for success: meet new people, get involved, read, listen, and share your opinions.

The ceremony concluded with a motivational keynote talk by Moore, who began by posing a simple question to students: “Who are you going to fight for?” But Moore, a former paratrooper and Captain in the U.S. Army, wasn’t speaking about combat.

Rather, he stressed the importance of one’s decisions in life, which is a key theme in Moore’s best-selling book The Other Wes Moore. The book explores the lives of two men from Baltimore with the same name who went down two very different paths—because of the choices they made.

“What are you doing to make humanity better?” Moore asked. “Your destiny is going to be felt on the outside of these walls.

“When it’s time for you to leave … how will you make it matter that you were even here?”

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