Morehouse Men. Class of 2009.

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Yesterday I had an opportunity to experience a Morehouse College graduation ceremony (aka commencement exercise) and I must say- I was touched. It was truly an experience like no other, I’ve attended ceremonies at a few ivy league, art, and engineering schools… but this one was different. It was embedded with jubilant pride, abounding history, and a spirit of unrelenting prominence. Simply stated, it was the ish.
And besides, where else can you see Cicely Tyson, Hank Aaron (theeeeee HANK AARON, yeah the legend in ALL history books probably THE best baseball player of all times! yeaaah thats him), Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr., Spike Lee, and Cornell West in one place? (Yesss, those living legends were all there- I have pictures!)

One of my favorite parts of the ceremony was when one of the two Valedictorians, Joshua Lamar Harris, spoke– he was outstanding. (the other Valedictorian Anthony Connell Roberts did well too).

The person recording was only able to capture the tail end of his speech because, quite frankly, they (and I) didn’t realize it would end up being so good…. but if any one has the entire thing please email me :)


Morehouse College 2009 Graduation: Valedictorian Speech from The Urban Gentleman.
I love all the ad-libs in the background, so funny!

CONGRATULATIONS to all 2009 Graduates
High School and College!
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10 Comments


  1. I love it, Josh spoke wonderfully. I’ll be a Morehouse Man myself this time next year. Love the blog btw, keeps me up on style.
    DBaby

  2. I was there too! He did GREAT, but I didnt record it, I’ll ask my friends if they did though.

    -Nelson

  3. so random but how tall was the guy you were in the picture with. He seems as if he is towering over you.

  4. Morehouse college is def the best majority african-american college. They had a white valedictorian last year which was cool to me. More whites and asians and indians should go there too, its GREAT school!

    Howard is good too.

    diggin the pic nice Raybans and LV!

  5. Morehouse!

  6. I know where else we can get great people at commencement!

    HU! (You Know!)
    The Mecca!
    The Hilltop!
    The one and only Howard University!

    We had Morpheus at Commencement! Morpheus! (Lawrence Fishburne)
    Top that! *drops mic*

  7. Jacinda Thomas

    lol @ Antonio… He isn’t that tall, I was just sitting down…

  8. Jacinda Thomas

    Oh and Howard is definitely a great school too!

  9. SkippyPeanutButterinDC

    I loved this post and the commencement seemed like quite an experience. I am at Howard U and have friends at Morehouse too. I wish I could have been there for this. Thanks for posting!

    -Mitchell

  10. I am a Man of Morehouse, soon to be a Morehouse Man in 2012. Thank you for the coverage of this amazing event. Your words beautifully captured the essence of Morehouse and her most precious tradition, graduating history-making Men of Color.

    As a sincere follower and supporter of your blog, I say, Thank you!

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