Opening Convocation speaker encourages students to get storm ready


Opening Convocation speaker encourages students to get storm ready

September 14, 2017

Historian, archivist, researcher, and librarian Rev. Herman “Skip” Mason, Jr. delivered a message titled “It Ain’t Nothing but a ‘V Thing’  Baby,” during the 121st Opening Convocation to motivate students focus on academics.

Mason began his speech mentioning the world is in a storm and education is important now more than ever.

“Class of 2021, you are a part of different times now; it is time for a different approach. You need to be about the ‘V thing’ becoming versatile, victorious, and vigorous when it comes to your academics,” Mason said.

He told the student body that they should never remain stagnate. He said they needed to increase their vocabulary and use their Voorhees experiences and education to transform and change others’ lives and minds.

“To be a part of the ‘V thing’ movement, you have to move around the campus being forceful and passionate. Voorhees will prepare you for the storm of the world. It is important to learn everything you can and apply yourself,” Mason said.

Mason ended the speech by advising students to have a balance in their lives. He said social media should not be their focus. He stated the 2017-2018 academic year is the time to face the storm ahead with the tools with which Voorhees have equipped them.

“If you are posting on snap chat more than you are studying that is a problem. Be concerned with victory of making it to graduation and not validation, and know the lord is always with you,” Mason said.

President W. Franklin Evans announced at the end of the program that Mason has been selected as the new director of library services.

“Rev. Mason has been a mentor of mine for a long time and his research, education, and experiences are gifts that I know will inspire our students and others to succeed in life,” Evans said.

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