Dr. Ronnie Hopkins, president of Voorhees University, delivered an impassioned keynote address during the institution’s 127th Opening Convocation Thursday, ushering in the start of the academic year. In his address, Dr. Hopkins highlighted the university’s rich history, celebrated its founder, Elizabeth Evelyn Wright, and emphasized the pursuit of excellence “the WRIGHT way.”
Hopkins began by expressing gratitude and offering a warm welcome to the Voorhees University family, including faculty, staff, alumni, and students. He acknowledged the university’s commitment to achieving excellence and recognized the vital role of everyone involved.
“In pursuit of the Next Level of Excellence – the WRIGHT way” was the central theme of the tenth president’s address, emphasizing the legacy of Elizabeth Evelyn Wright, the founder of Voorhees University. Hopkins discussed the challenges faced by African Americans during Wright’s time and her determination to establish a school for African Americans when formal educational opportunities were scarce.
Elizabeth Evelyn Wright’s dedication to education and her role as an educator, administrator, and entrepreneur were highlighted. Hopkins underscored her vision and collaboration with the Episcopal Church, which has supported Voorhees University for nearly a century, as instrumental in the institution’s growth.
“Dear Voorhees University family, as we continue ‘In pursuit of the Next Level of Excellence,’ we must remain committed to approach our goals – the WRIGHT way,” Hopkins urged. He emphasized the importance of inspiration, determination, imagination, faith, and high expectations for Voorhees University’s future.
“Students, faculty, staff, senior leadership team, Board of Trustees members and alumni alike, we have each been called at Voorhees University,” he noted. “We share this space at Voorhees University as we are in the WRIGHT place, at the WRIGHT time to carry on the pursuit of The Next Level of Excellence the WRIGHT way,” he continued.
President Hopkins concluded by challenging the entire Voorhees University community to embrace the responsibility of being excellent and strive for excellence in all endeavors. He cited Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s words, “No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”
The President’s address inspired hope and renewed dedication among students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the board of trustees as they embark on another academic year at Voorhees University.