Alcorn State, Miss (November 30, 2012) - During this time of year, we often cherish the memories of our loved ones. The second annual Necrology Assembly was held to remember deceased students, faculty, staff, retirees and alumni, on November 28, in the historic Oakland Memorial Chapel.
The program opened with the prelude “Even Me” by Mr. Tony Gordon, organist. Executive Vice President and Provost Dr. Samuel White presided over the program. “We pause today to remember and celebrate members of the Alcorn family who transitioned into the evening of death,” said Dr. White paraphrasing John Leland’s poem “The Day is Past and Gone”.
Vice President for Student Affairs E. Cheryl Ponder offered an invitation to reflection, “Today, we are participating in a program of encouragement that celebrates the joy and wonder of life, and our loved ones who continue to live simply because we remember them.”
The program continued with the ASU Gospel Choir performing a song of encouragement “It’s Only a Test” followed by the 2012 Necrology report read by Senior Vice President and CFO Betty Roberts and a special reading from “An Appointment in Samarra” by Vice President for Media Relations Clara Ross Stamps. A video of remembrance was presented by Senior Women Administrator LLJuna Weir. Jeremy Mason, special assistant for University Initiatives, recited a poem of hope “Because I Could Not Stop for Death” by Emily Dickinson, and Alcorn alumnae Kimberly Washington performed powerful movements of memories to “I Told the Storm”.
Dr. M. Christopher Brown II, 18th president of Alcorn State University, offered words of comfort to the family members and friends of the deceased Alcornites. President Brown centered his address around the metaphor of the loved ones transitioning “behind the curtain”, “We ask ourselves, what is behind the curtain? I have good news: there is something and someone behind the curtain. It is a place where we can spend eternity with our loved ones.”
President Brown and his administrators presented each family with a certificate and a token of remembrance of their loved ones.
The assembly continued with a song of celebration “They Got the Word” performed by the ASU Gospel Choir.
As a closing wish, Dr. Ramesh Maddali, director of Institutional Research and Assessment, read excerpts from the Gaelic Blessings.
The program concluded with a postlude by Mr. Tony Gordon “Oh Happy Day”.
Alcorn State University is a premier comprehensive land-grant university that develops diverse students into globally-competitive leaders, and applies scientific research through collaborative partnerships which benefit the surrounding communities, state, nation and world.