Robert F. Smith attended the 2019 Morehouse College graduation as a guest speaker to deliver the graduating classes commencement speech, but by the end of his commencement speech, he had become a hero with a story that will be told for generations to come!
In one statement made on May 19, 2019, by Billionaire Robert F. Smith, he gave a gift of freedom to Morehouse College graduates. Smith, the Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners pledged to pay off the student loans of the Morehouse graduating class of 2019, to the tune of approximately, $40 Million dollars!
Its said that a puzzling hush came across the audience of nearly 400 students as well as the faculty and family attendees as they tried to process exactly what Smith had stated! Once everyone had a moment to process what he had said, dancing, singing, chanting an excitement broke out amongst the graduates!
Morehouse, a historically all male historically Black College (HBCU) already had alot to celebrate before Smith’s announcement because he had already pledged to make a $1.5 Million dollar donation.
But at some point while receiving his honorary doctorate from more house he stated, “On behalf of the eight generations of my family that have been in this country, we’re gonna put a little fuel in your bus. with that opening Smith declared that this was his class, 2019, and that his family is making a grant to eliminate their student loans.”
The main thing that he asks is that the graduates pay it forward and reach back and help someone too!
Smith stated to the young black male 2019 graduating class of Morehouse College that he was doing this, “Because we are enough to take care of our own community. “We are enough to ensure that we have all the opportunities of the American dream. And we will show it to each other through our actions and through our words and through our deeds.”
Smith’s generous and profound donation just proved that he wholehearted believes in the African statement, “It Takes a Village ,” and his donation into these young mens lives, he’s planted some seeds that will surely grow for generations to come.