“There is an air of expectancy at Morehouse College. It is expected that the student who enters here will do well. It is also expected that once a man bears the insignia of a Morehouse Graduate, he will do exceptionally well. We expect nothing less…May you perform so well that when a man is needed in your field, your work will be so impressive that the committee of selection will be so compelled to examine your credentials.

May you forever stand for something noble and high.

Let no man dismiss you with the shrug of a shoulder. It must be borne in the mind that the tragedy in life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach. It isn’t a calamity to die with dreams unfulfilled, but it is a calamity not to dream. It is not a disaster to be unable to capture your ideal, but it is a disaster to have no ideal to capture. It is not a disgrace not to reach the stars, but it is a disgrace to have no stars to reach for.

Not failure, but low aim is sin.

It will not be sufficient for Morehouse College, for any college for that matter, to produce clever graduates, men fluent in speech and able to argue their way through but rather honest men who can be trusted in public and private—who are sensitive to the wrongs, the sufferings and the injustices of society, and who are willing to accept responsibility for correcting the ills.”

FYI: Dr. Mays was an OMEGA MAN (FIETTS)

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