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Justice Frye honors 115 years of Aggieland

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Richard B. Harrison Auditorium was opened to the public on Oct. 19 as students, alumni, athletes and others gathered to celebrate the 2006 convocation, which celebrated 115 years of Aggie land existence.

A few rain drops and storm clouds did not stop honor students, athletes, board members, choir members and the chancellor himself from gathering to hear the inspiring words of guest speaker Justice Henry E. Frye.

The ceremony began with the playing of well-known songs such as the “Star Wars” theme song by the university band. Chancellor Hackley welcomed the guests and directed all to stand and sing the black national anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” Student Government Association president, Arnita Floyd-Moody greeted the audience with an inspirational speech of the “Aggie Spirit.” Floyd-Moody said, “You all are in the Aggie spirit and because of this, you are blessed.”

Miss A&T, Crystal Williams, followed Floyd-Moody and taught the crowd and little about the essence of Aggie pride. She spoke about the history of A&T and its founders. The chair of the Board of Governors, Jim W. Phillips soon followed Williams and commended the band on their excellent performance. Phillips resides in Greensboro, N.C., and because of his proximity to the university, he follows A&T closely.

“I love how A&T continues to grow and build,” Phillips said. “I also love that Chancellor Hackley made it known that he was a chancellor on interim bases, not an interim chancellor.”

Teresa Davis, the national president of the A&T Alumni Association, explained to the audience what convocation means. Following Davis was Dr. Peter Meyers, the director of the university honors program, who recognized the honor students, and Delores Todd, the athletic director, who recognized the athletes.

Frye took his place at the podium and his speech by commenting that the A&T convocation was the best in land. He went on to perform a free-verse poem that he had only written minutes before standing to speak. The poem was of all the things in the program preceding him with each line rhyming.

“Recognition of some athletes that work long and hard, called to stand by athletic director Mrs. Delores Todd,” said Frye.

The audience an had uproar of laughter, as Frye’s speech basically targeted the importance of making an impact on the world.

“The purpose of life is not to be happy, but to be productive, useful, helpful and to have done something that matters,” he said.

Some students took the purpose of the convocation in light and received the information presented before them accordingly.

“I thought that the convocation was great. At first I thought that it was going to be long and drawn out when actually it was short and sweet,” said sophomore political science major Amanda Covington from Charlotte, N.C.

  • Brittney Hannah
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