Presidential convocation fails to address students’ concerns

In large numbers, students, alums and faculty attended this year’s presidential convocation. Convocation occurred inside of the Al Lawson Center at 10:10 a.m on Sep. 9, 2022.

With all that has happened within the university recently, students searched for answers to their concerns throughout the ceremony. The semester began with various ongoing issues including students being forced to move out their dorms during class times and several students hoped to hear more insight into the concerns that have arisen.

During his speech, President of Florida A&M University (FAMU), Larry Robinson focused on student athletes, leaving many disappointed.

“We are addressing the concerns of our student-athletes,” Robinson said.

Khedgen Willis, a senior public relations student at FAMU, felt the convocation did not address the university’s problems and the importance of attending the semesterly convocation.

“I feel like it is an important time for the students and faculty to come together and discuss important issues relating to the university,” Willis said. “I expected him to address the recent housing issues, athletic issues and other things that students have brought to light.”

Despite Robinson not addressing students’ concerns, there were some students who were happy about the event.

Jayla Allen, a senior criminal minds student at FAMU, discussed her first experience at the annual convocation despite students’ issues this semester.

“The overall convocation was not a bad experience, especially since it was my first,” Allen said.  “I would have expected more of a turnout since it was the first one of the semester, but it was still lovely being with my line sisters and enjoying the program.”

To wrap up the event, The Marching 100 played the alma mater and “FAMU Spirit.”