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TUSKEGEE, Ala.  — As they prepare to face their futures, Tuskegee University graduates were encouraged to be mindful of their choices. Friday, in his keynote address, Marc Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League, told the Class of 2013 that they are architects of their future and that their choices are a part of crafting their destinies.

After an introduction by Tuskegee University President Gilbert L. Rochon that outlined the links between the university and the National Urban League, Morial addressed the graduates.

“None of us can choose what happens to us or how people treat us all of the time,” Morial said to the audience in the Gen. Daniel “Chappie” James Center for Aerospace Science and Health Education. “But we do have power in how we respond and in what we do.”

Morial also said the graduates need to make the choice about how they live their lives and what their purposes will be- to lead or to follow. As they climb the career ladder, Morial told the graduates to never forget their backgrounds or those who have not been able to attain the same successes.   

 “We all want nice things and to live comfortably, but on our way up – and certainly once we get there – we cannot forget those among us who are broken and poor,” Morial said.   

After the keynote address, Rochon conferred upon Morial an honorary Doctor of Laws degree, honoris causa.

Following the baccalaureate service, graduates and their families were treated to a special reception at Grey Columns, the Tuskegee University presidential residence. The event was hosted by Rochon and his wife, Tuskegee University First Lady Patricia S. Rochon.

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