State Sen. Broome tells SU grads to “leave your mark of significance”
BATON ROUGE, La. - Baton Rouge area State Sen. Sharon Weston Broome challenged Southern University graduates to venture out and "leave your mark of significance...and make us proud" during commencement exercises today on the Baton Rouge campus.
Broome, pro tempore of the State Senate, told the 665 graduates the "stakes are too high" in American society for young people to be unfocused on issues affecting their communities. "Young people need to engaged," she said.
The commencement speaker's voice rose when she said young people should never say, "They don't vote, ever."
Around 8,000 people attended today's 2015 spring commencement in the F.G. Clark Activity Center.
Baker native Daniel Joiner was the Chief Student Marshall of his 2015 spring graduating class. The 21-year-old English major's 3.87 grade point average lead his graduation class.
The graduate of Redemptorist High School in Baton Rouge will leave Southern and head to Harvard Law School for the fall semester.
In an interview prior to Friday, Joiner said, "Leaving Southern will be kind of bittersweet. I knew this day would be coming. You know I will be wearing my Southern gears as often as possible at Harvard...I am really proud to be an alumnus of Southern University."