FAMU Hosts President's Convocation [GALLERY]

By: Lanetra Bennett; FAMU Email
By: Lanetra Bennett; FAMU Email

By: Lanetra Bennett
September 6, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - As soon as the crowd heard the tune of "Do What Cha Wanna", everyone went wild.

Friday's State of the University Address was the first time the Marching 100 performed at a FAMU convocation in more than a year because of its suspension stemming from hazing.

Interim President Dr. Larry Robinson shared the excitement in the band's return, but, warned students about the anti-hazing policies.

He says, "There's no retreating to the dark days of the past. We all know what that gets us. We're just going to stand fast, weather the storm together because we can not afford to retreat. There is just too much at stake."

Also, bringing cheers, was when Dr. Robinson said having all accredited programs on campus is well within reach.

"Every last one of them. Lets get the word out." He says.

Dr. Robinson says getting off of accreditation probation is a top priority. He says the university submitted its report to the accredit ion body, SACS, that outlines everything FAMU has done to improve. He says a special committee from SACS will visit the campus September 24th.

Dr. Robinson says the university lost students and $5.8 million because of new loan eligibility requirements, and alerted students that classroom performance is now a component in keeping need-based funding.

He commended the board of trustees for waiving the tuition hike.

FAMU Sophomore Candis Alford says she's happy that tuition won't go up. She says, "I'm on the Navy ROTC scholarship, but, they don't pay for room and board and things like that. So, with that not going up, I can afford it."

Administrators also acknowledged the athletics department during the convocation; and say on and off the fields and courts, this year will be a year of greatness.

By: Lanetra Bennett

During his address, FAMU interim President Dr. Larry Robinson welcomed new students and thanked returning students. He warns students that there is a new performance component to requirements of keeping need-based funding.

Therefore, Dr. Robinson says students have to be good stewards of resources provided at FAMU.

Dr. Robinson commended the Board of Trustees for waiving the tuition increase. He says this allows students to not have to pay a cent more than before.

While Dr. Robinson acknowledged the Marching 100's return with excitement, he also reminded students of the zero tolerance for hazing policies.

Dr. Robinson says despite the many challenges over the past 22 months, he is certain that FAMU will conquer all challenges large and small.

Press Release: FAMU

WHAT: Florida A&M University (FAMU) President’s Convocation

WHO: Keynote speaker, FAMU Interim President Larry Robinson

WHEN: September 6, 10:10 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.

WHERE: Gaither Gymnasium

WHY: Dr. Robinson will deliver the State of the University address, providing updates for the university community. All classes are suspended to allow students to attend this event.

For more information, contact the Office of Communications at (850) 599-3413

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