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Alumni Return to Campus to Mentor Students

The B-CU Associate Trustees, in partnership with the B-CU National Alumni Association, hosted the First Annual Alumni Day of Service last week, personifying civic engagement and social responsibility on the B-CU campus. 

Designed to enlighten and prepare students at the University for real-life professional experiences, the event allowed the alumni to mentor students and share their backgrounds from various professional fields.

The two-day program kicked off with a Presidential Reception during which President Reed gave a "State of our University” address and introduced her Executive Cabinet and the academic deans from each school. 

Gerald B. Yancey, vice chair of the Associate Trustees and committee chair for this event, was pleased with its success.

"Our founder left us a charge in her Last Will and Testament when she said, 'Finally, I leave you a responsibility for youth...’ and that’s also the alumni’s commitment. It is a commitment to serve,” Yancey said. "We are exceptionally pleased with the alumni’s participation in the first Alumni Day of Service where those participating represented a cross-section of graduating classes going as far back as 1953 to as recently as 1994. We are looking forward to next year being even bigger and better.”

"On this day, 'alumni walked the talk,’ promoting the legacy of our beloved founder, "Enter to Learn-Depart to Serve,” said Trustee Ray Brinson, president of the National Alumni Association. "On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 the highest, "I’d give the day a resounding 10!”

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Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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