Saint Augustine's University celebrated the official opening of the academic year during its 145th Fall Convocation at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, on the campus quadrangle.
"Over the course of 145 years, we have continued to grow from an institution established to educate newly freed slaves to a university ready to meet the demands of a 21st century globalized society," President Dianne Boardley Suber said. "St. Aug continues to charge forward."
The convocation ceremony came on the heels of the Raleigh City Council's unanimous approval of the college's Special Use Permit for the George Williams Athletic Complex. Suber commended the university community for how they united in support of the stadium project.
"We had to deal with resistance that, in all honesty, we did not anticipate," Suber said. "The St. Aug family came together to stand for what is good for the university and the entire community. We are indeed a family, and we will continue to be good stewards in this community."
Bishop Curry encouraged students to follow that same spirit and continue working toward their purpose no matter what opposition they may face.
"We were put here not just to take but to give," Curry said. "You have come here to train and learn and equip yourself so you can lead this world."
It was fitting that Curry, bishop of the North Carolina Episcopal Diocese, joined the university in celebrating the start of the 145th year. It was Episcopal clergy and lay members who established the university in 1867.
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