My Fellow Students,
I would like to welcome you to the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, and celebrate another year of success. Chancellor Cummings has said that one of our University’s ambitions is, “Changing lives through education.” I write this address hoping to inspire each of you to respond to his call in your daily lives. Each school year we are given a significant opportunity to have a positive impact in the classroom and in the community, but true change begins with each of us. You cannot afford to wait for someone else to take the first step—you must take action! Fortunately, we are in an environment that fosters creativity, leadership, and integrity. On that note, welcome to our Brave Nation!
As a member of Brave Nation, you are part of a community that celebrates its history, cherishes its diversity, and strives for excellence. No matter you major, no matter your passion, Brave Nation is a home worth having. Our supportive university staff are willing to help you find your passion; our committed faculty have what it takes to help you succeed, and your Student Government Association (SGA) is sincere in their efforts to make sure student interests are heard. This year, SGA is committed to (1) Creating a more socially and politically conscious Student Government, (2) Engaging in strategic advocacy goals that promote the wellbeing of the Student Body, and (3) Realizing our mission statement. I actively encourage each of you to stay informed as Student Government advocates on your behalf throughout the school year and to join Student Government if you have a passion for student advocacy.
The final piece of the puzzle is you! Go explore the University, find new interests, and get involved! Find who you are, and do everything you can to strive for excellence. If you fall, know that each of us will support you in any way we can. When you succeed, know that our University will cherish and promote your successes. We are a family, and together we can accomplish amazing things. Change starts with you, and ends with us. Together, let’s change lives through education.