Delta State University participated in a simultaneous memorial observance this morning, as hundreds gathered on the south end of the quadrangle to remember the victims of the Virginia Tech tragedy. Delta State accepted Virginia Governor Timothy Kaine’s invitation to join the State of Virginia in its day of mourning with simultaneous observances at noon (EDT). Delta State’s program consisted of tolling of the hour at 11 a.m. and the playing of “Amazing Grace” by the carillon; as well as opening reflections by President Dr. John M. Hilpert. "This is a time when families come together. Now our national family should come together to reflect, pray, encourage, and support," President Hilpert offered.
Dr. Phyllis Bunn, Virginia Tech alumna and Delta State professor of office administration, reflected on her “Thoughts of Virginia Tech.” She remembered, "When I think about Virginia Tech, I think of the pageantry of Hoakie football, the smell of lilacs, and the picnics on Henderson Lawn."
Incoming Student Government President, Deborah Brick, a junior graphic design major of Oxford, read a letter on behalf of the Delta State University student body, addressed to the Virginia Tech student body. Following the ceremony, the letter will be mailed to VTU Student Government President.
Dean of the College of Business, Dr. Billy C. Moore offered a closing prayer, followed by the Delta Chorale’s performance of “Calling My Children Home."
Delta State’s memorial observance was one of many held across the nation.