By Amaya Mann
A capacity crowd displayed Rattler pride during Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University’s (FAMU) Homecoming Convocation in Jake Gaither Gymnasium on Oct. 21.
The annual event began with a performance of “FAMU Spirit” by the Marching “100” as Rattlers young and old sang along in honor of their beloved alma mater.
With a homecoming theme of “A Different World: FAMU Pride, FAMU Tradition,” actress, screenwriter and FAMU alumna Kelsey Scott gave a rousing keynote address about the obstacles she has faced thus far in her professional journey.
While speaking, Scott encouraged her “FAMUly” to remember that they are Rattlers when faced with uncertainty.
“You’re a Rattler. We strike everywhere,” Scott said. “You’re not always on a football field when those dark clouds gather on the horizon. When the dust settles, it’s not about the world being different. It’s about you being ready for whatever swoops in on the winds of change. You are the Rattler Nation,” she added.
Every year homecoming events provide an opportunity for alumni to “return home” and celebrate what FAMU has meant to them. For third-year undergraduate student Castillo Mitchell, reuniting with alumni during homecoming is uplifting.
“I love seeing the alumni because it lets me know as an undergrad that because they did it, I can too,” Mitchell said.
Scott shared memories of being an ambitious student on the “Hill” and how her collegiate endeavors with film producer and fellow alumnus Will Packer eventually helped jumpstart a screenwriting career. The collaboration is a prime example of the Rattler motto “Excellence with Caring.”
“We have a tradition of excellence, not because it’s trendy, but because it’s necessary,” Scott said.