Donating after graduation

Graduates celebrate their degrees during commencement ceremonies at Hampton University in Hampton, Va., Sunday, May 9, 2010. President Barack Obama addressed the graduates at historically black university on Sunday. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Graduates celebrate their degrees during commencement ceremonies at Hampton University in Hampton, Va., Sunday, May 9, 2010. President Barack Obama addressed the graduates at historically black university on Sunday. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Alexandria Carmon | Staff Writer

You have reached your last year of college and can now kiss those all-nighters goodbye. No more early classes, homework or final exams will be able to take up your precious time. The real world is calling your name. You are now about to walk across the stage and receive a degree you worked the last four years for.

The question now is, will you give back to Hampton University after you graduate? Will you give back to this school that helped you transform into the person you are today? Every year, Hampton receives millions of dollars  from its alumni network. Donations allow the school to upgrade and renovate facilities, update technological equipment and it gives Hampton the financial needs to give scholarships to college bound individuals.

By giving back to Hampton, one is giving back to future generations of Hamptonians. “I think I will probably [give back] with donations and getting the word about Hampton out there because there’s still a lot of people who don’t know enough about it,” stated Kennedy Maldonado, a first year accounting major from San Diego, California.

There are many high schoolers who do not know much about Hampton University or historically Black colleges and universities.

A great way for graduates to to give back that is not only inexpensive, but does not require a lot of your time would be to speak positively about this prestigious university. If a high school student has no idea where they want to continue their education, tell them they should visit your Home by the Sea. Hampton has a beautiful campus and they could receive an excellent education studying here.

So, will you as a Hampton graduate give back? “Without question, yes,” said Ty Champion, a second-year in the five-year architecture program from Norfolk, Virginia. Champion came to Hampton as a Hampton legacy and his aunt is a member of Ogre 6. “I want future generations to have the same Hampton experience. It’s the college experience that I asked for with touches of tradition that truly make this my second home. I want them [future generations] to have the real HU experience,” continued Champion.

Another way a college graduate can give back to Hampton is by considering teaching at Hampton University or being a member of the faculty. There are many Hampton graduates that work at Hampton.

Becoming a professor will allow you to share the knowledge you learned at Hampton with other Hampton students. For example, there’s no better person to become a University 101 professor than a Hampton graduate. It makes sense to have someone who actually matriculated in these same halls at Hampton to be teaching the ins and outs of this illustrious university.

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