To my international students I say, "Kaabo! Bienvenido! Huānyíng! Hwan-yeong!” To all that I may have missed I say, “Hi!”
It is with great pride that I welcome you to Alabama Agricultural & Mechanical University, the place we fondly call “The Hill.” You are joining a very elite and accomplished group of students that started their journey to greatness here.
We, here at Alabama A&M University, believe that the process of becoming a well-educated and a productive member of the world can happen here! Our wide range of diverse student activities, along with our strong academic regiment, ensures a wonderful educational experience. Your journey at “The Hill” will help prepare you to meet and succeed in any of your future endeavors. While you are matriculating through here you will meet some extraordinary people, both faculty and fellow students, that will help mature and develop you into an outstanding member of society.
We will not apologize for believing in you and your greatness. We will not apologize for expecting you to perform at your highest level. We will not apologize for insisting that you exhibit the highest example of integrity and an outstanding work ethic. We will not apologize for offering you the very best educational experience possible. We believe in you.
Now that you have made this important first step in reaching your life-long goals, please remember that you can, “Start here and go anywhere”.
Let the Journey begin!