When he left for college…
We prayed for him.
We encouraged him.
We guided him.
We supported him.
We cheered for him.
We consoled him.
We pushed him.
We pulled him.
We LOVED him…
But the one thing that we could not do was go to school for him.
Nevertheless, we did all that we could.
After enduring any number of set backs, this young man soldiered on and did the DAMN thang!
He NEVER gave up!
And we expected nothing less.
So, please join us as we celebrate the accomplishments of my beloved son.
First, a word about his alma mater, Emory University.
Emory is a private university, nestled within the tony Druid Hills neighborhood of Atlanta, GA–actually it’s more so Decatur but anyway….. 🙂
The University was ranked by The Wall Street Journal as number 17 of 500 US national private and public universities.
It is the only University in Georgia to make the top 20.
Some notable alumni include, Robert W. Woodruff of Coca-Cola fame. In fact, Mr. Woodruff’s family and charitable foundation remain huge supporters of the University.
Other notable alumni include:
Dr. Bernice King (Daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.)
Robert Jones (Professional Golfer and Father of The Masters Golf Tournament)
Kenneth Cole (Famous Designer)
Notable Faculty include:
39th U.S. President, James Earl “Jimmy” Carter, Jr.
19th U.S. Poet Laureate, Natasha Trethewey
His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama
It is also important to note that Emory University Hospital accepted and cared for American physician and Ebola patient, Dr. Kent Brantly back in 2014.
I’d say, this kid was in good company huh?
But seriously, I am so proud of my sweet boy—now young man!
That said, we don’t get to celebrate the accomplishments of African-American men very often, so please indulge me as I do that here.
Here is a short video and a collage of pics.
First, a 30 second video of the Graduation Processional.
The music was provided by Atlanta Pipe Band.
Bag Pipes! YAAAAAYYY!!!
Additional program music was provided by The Atlanta Symphony Brass Quintet.
Mama loves you Rod! And in the words of the great Theodor Geisel aka Dr. Seuss, “Oh the places you’ll go!”
Thanks for allowing me to share this with you. Please be sure to comment and offer any words of advice to my son as he starts a new chapter in his life!
Love and light to you all!