- Faith & Family
Florida Memorial University [FMU] recently opened its doors for the new academic year during its annual Student Orientation activities. More than 530 new students accompanied by family and friends converged on the campus to register for school, move into dormitories and enroll in classes. During the opening session, FMU President Henry Lewis III encouraged the new class to “discover themselves” through a high quality education.
“All of you know your name, but, do you know who you are?” Lewis inquired. “During your time here, you will experience with success and failure. It’s important that you begin to learn how to recover from your failures.”
The activities gave attendees the chance become acquainted with the university, its services and meet several employees. These components comprise what the president deemed a “family-oriented academic environment.”
Academics: A family affair
“I was attracted to the academic programs, the music program in particular,” said Alexandra Ducksworth, an incoming freshman looking to double major in music and business. “I also like the fact that the school is connected with the Florida General Baptist Convention [FGBC]. I can’t wait to try out for the choir.”
Anthony Ducksworth, pastor of the First Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Apopka, Florida, an FGBC-affiliated church, agreed with his daughter’s assessment.
“I brought several of our members to school down here,” the proud father noted. Many of my ministerial colleagues graduated from FMU. So, I am trusting this school with my baby.”
Alexandra’s choice to attend South Florida’s only historically Black college is a part of a family tradition.
“I attended an historically Black university,” added Stephanie, Alexandra’s mother. “So I’m glad my daughter chose Florida Memorial so that she could get that black college experience.”
The admissions and enrollment opportunities don’t end there for undecided or undeclared college aspirants.
“You don’t have to put your dreams on hold and we are still accepting applications for the fall semester,” said Peggy Martin, FMU’s admissions director. “Prospective students need official high-school transcripts, a recommendation letter and a personal statement. If they meet our standards, they can apply and be admitted on the spot.”
The president’s message of personal responsibility and academic excellence resonates.
“I feel it’s a comfortable home away from home,” Alexandra said. “I am looking forward to getting a lot of work done.”
Enrollment is open until Saturday, August 25.