TUSKEGEE, AL - Tuskegee University said farewell to the Class of 2013 during its 128th Spring Commencement Exercises May 11 in the Gen. Daniel “Chappie” James Center for Aerospace Science and Health Education. The class of 400 jubilant graduates and their families were addressed by Tuskegee University President Gilbert L. Rochon and Thomas Vilsack, the secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture.
In introductory remarks, Rochon told the audience that the university’s past is deeply rooted in agricultural studies. He also said agriculture still remains very much relevant in the New Millennium.
“By 2050, the world’s population is expected to surpass nine billion. In order to prepare for this growth, we must be dedicated to environmental sustainability, food security and innovative research,” Rochon said. “We are determined that Tuskegee graduates will be prepared to be on the frontlines of those issues.”