The Fall 2009 Convocation was held on Tuesday at the Assembly Center. This year marks the 108th Observance of Founder’s Week at Grambling State University. The founder’s day program opened with President Horace Judson officiating the ceremony.Alma J. Brown Elementary and Grambling Laboratory School, attended. Eighth-grader, LaDarren Williams represented Alma J. Brown, as he sang to an early ’90s hit, “Hero.”
Student Government Association president Steven Jackson spoke about the historical value of the university’s mission statement as he extended the greeting.
“The key to our success lies within elements reflected in our Mission Statement,” Jackson said.
Miss Grambling State University Ahvery Thomas reflected on pioneers of the past.
“Since 1901, Grambling State University has come a long way from the 105 students this institution began with.
“Thank you Charles P. Adams, your legacy lives on through us,” Thomas said.
President Horace Judson introduced the speaker, Rev. Dr. Benjamin Martin, a graduate of Grambling State who serves as the pastor of St. Rest Baptist Church in Minden.
His speech focused on the importance of education, which highlighted points on critical thinking.
“In today’s society, the economic crisis is affecting every diversity in the world. But we must learn how to teach ourselves,” he said.
“We have become mentally lethargic, meaning we don’t have conversations in dialogue. We shout and yell at one another. A critical thinker can decipher treasure from trash.
“This is the most important lesson you can teach yourselves as a student,” Martin said.
Judson concluded the program with recognition to all teachers, faculty and staff.
He also gave a dedication to all past educators and alumni. Students from Alma J. Brown closed with a ceremonial flower placing for all fallen soldiers in the army.