Dr. Tyler Love, 'ductus exemplo'

  • Tuesday, April 14, 2015

    Dr. Tyler Love, 2015 honors convocation speakerPRINCESS ANNE, MD - (April 14, 2015) - UMES' 2015 spring honors convocation was a homecoming for alumnus Tyler S. Love, a member of the Richard A. Henson Honors Program. 

    Love delivered the keynote address to an audience gathered in the Fitzgerald Center for the Performing Arts, where he said attending a historically black institution was "an invaluable experience."

    "I learned a lot from my classmates and teammates from other countries who had different backgrounds than myself," he said. "They taught me not to try to change who people are, but value the various strengths they bring to the table, because it enhances the overall group."

    After graduating summa cum laude from UMES in 2009 with a degree in technology education, Love landed a teaching job where he thought he would settle quietly into a comfortable life of an educator, perhaps coach baseball and "retire in 35 years."

     "Without attending this institution, I would not have met some of the most influential people in my life," said Love, who noted the benefits of "having good mentors" and the importance of "serving as a mentor to others."

    A native of Palmyra, Pa., Love credits Dr. Leon Copeland, a UMES professor emeritus, for nudging him to think beyond settling for a bachelor's degree.

    "I was a high school teacher, and one day out of nowhere I received a call from Virginia Tech" with a graduate assistantship offer based on a recommendation from Copeland, an alumnus of the program.

    "I had never even applied to the school, but they offered me the assistantship right there on the phone under the condition I move to campus within three months," he said.  "I took the chance and accepted the assistantship and the rest is history."

    Love went on to earn a master's and a doctoral degree from Virginia Tech, and jokingly acknowledged he's adjusting to being called "Dr. Love."

    The audience, understandably, burst into laughter.

    Love also talked of lessons he learned at UMES outside the classroom, such as the importance of good manners and the simple act of writing thank you notes. Those kinds of social graces, he believes, gave him an edge in competing for coveted spots in programs that offered professional advancement.

    "You may not realize it yet," Love said, "but I can assure you that your education from UMES will take you as far as you allow it, and it has prepared you to be competitive with graduates from some of the top institutions in the nation."

     "UMES has prepared you to overcome adversity," he said. "You didn't always win, and that is alright.  It is how you deal with that defeat that will shape your character and either build you up or break you down.  Use your failures as fuel for improvement."

    President Juliette B. Bell and Provost Patrick Liverpool presented Love with a plaque inscribed with "ductus exemplo," Latin for "Leadership by Example."

    Bill Robinson, director, Office of Public Relations, (410) 621-2355