Morgan State marks its 124th graduation


Waving small blue-and-orange flags -- the school colors -- and swaying to a Ray Charles arrangement of "We Are the World," the Class of 2000 at Morgan State University turned yesterday's 124th commencement into a celebration.

University President Earl S. Richardson told a standing-room-only gathering of students, family and faculty that as Morgan has grown from a school of nine students to its current enrollment of about 6,200, what once was a "gateway to opportunity" has become "a stairway to excellence."

Lt. Gen. Larry Rudell Ellis, the keynote speaker, encouraged his audience to look back on the past "so we don't have to stumble into the future."

"Life is all about service, he said. "Leaders serve, and we need leaders of color," he added.

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