By Nicole Webb and Jocelyn Haslon
On Friday, February 7, The Lincoln University celebrated 160 years of the institution’s founding with a morning celebratory convocation in university’s International Cultural Center, featuring prominent alumni of the institution.
The ceremony was officiated by the university’s Student Government Association President Winnie Washington, with remarks from Shelia Sawyer, Board of Trustee member and Class of 1971 alumna, Sharlene Roberson, Class of 1980 alumna, and keynote speaker Horace Dawson, Class of 1949.
Dawson, the first Lincoln alum to serve as a United States ambassador for Botswana, described the university’s celebration as “significant,” in his speech about his Lincoln experience.
“This has significance … Lincoln enriches and it inspires. [You can] go wherever you will go; you will find sons and daughters of Lincoln,” stated the alum, who was also amongst the male students drafted in World War II in 1944.
President Robert R. Jennings introduced Dawson as, “one of the most distinguished (members) of the Lincoln University family.”
Sawyer, who urged students to remember the legacy of the nation’s first degree-granting institution for African Americans, delivered the welcome.
We walk on sacred ground…we walk in the footsteps of many greats. As past and present students, we must not forget those that came before us,” she said.
“It’s an honor to be a part of such a great legacy,” noted Washington.
Class of 2014 seniors, Kameron Gibbs and Shavona Burt, performed a rendition of Teddy Pendegrass’s “Wake Up Everybody” giving honor to former Lincoln students who are noted as trailblazers in both African American and American history.
Also performing at the event was Ms. Lincoln, Monique Barnes.