Help Select a Theme for Commencement

Help Select a Theme for Commencement — Wes Moore Author and NOVA Keynote Speaker

NOVA’s 51st Commencement will be celebrated on May 13, 2017, and the Commencement Committee is working hard to organize a special event for our graduates. To get the party started, the committee is asking all faculty and staff to help select a theme for the ceremony.

Nationally recognized author Wes Moore has accepted NOVA’s invitation to be our keynote speaker and he will encourage our graduates to live with a sense of purpose. The theme should emphasize that message.

A survey with theme suggestions will be sent via NOVA faculty/staff email. Simply select your top choice or propose another.

Moore is well-known for his first book, “The Other Wes Moore,” which tells the story of two kids with the same name living in the same decaying city. One grew up to be a Rhodes Scholar and White House Fellow after serving in the prestigious U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division. The other Wes Moore is currently serving a life sentence for killing a police officer during an armed robbery.

Curious about why he and the other Wes were so radically different, Moore investigated the man with the same name. The result was an instant New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller that captured the nation’s attention on what draws the line between success and failure in our communities.

In his most recent book, “The Work,” Moore shares lessons he learned from a wide range of people such as an Afghan translator who taught him to find spirit in the midst of war, the resilient students of post-Katrina Mississippi who showed courage in the face of adversity and his late grandfather who taught him that service can save.

Upon receipt via email, please take a few minutes to participate in the survey which will close December 16. The theme will be announced in January 2017.

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