Norfolk State held its 2017 Commencement exercises Saturday afternoon (May 6) at the Scope arena.
Nina Turner, a commentator on CNN and other cable networks, delivered a heart-felt, motivational commencement address to a capacity crowd in the downtown Norfolk arena.
Turner challenged the students to remember the struggles and sacrifices of their ancestors and to move boldly into the future, continuing the fight for civil rights and equality.
Senior class president Tichira Smith presented NSU president Eddie Moore with a check from the seniors in the amount of $6,500 for the NSU Foundation.
President Moore gave special recognition to retiring choir director Dr. Carl W. Haywood and thanked him for his years of service to the University.
By Randy Singleton
Community Affairs Correspondent