University Programs

Kirk Nugent’s Pursue Your Passion program has been a favorite among college students for the past twenty years. Schools such as Central Michigan University have requested Kirk fifteen times in fifteen years to share his powerful message of overcoming the odds, living life to the fullest potential, and chasing the desires of one’s heart.

Through the use of spoken word poetry, personal stories, quotes, and humor, Kirk shares simple yet practical strategies with his audience on how to overcome their childhood trauma, navigate toxic relationships, being true to themselves, persisting in a healthy manner, and how to claim the desires of their heart.

Kirk is a brilliant performer. The program is entertaining, upbeat, uplifting, and inspiring. It is highly regarded by students and faculty alike. Students walk away from the Pursue Your Passion presentation feeling empowered to face the challenges that life offers.

Please complete the form below to bring this program to your school.

The Sound of Melanin is an ideal program for African American History month or any event where the goal is to encourage conversations surrounding diversity and the experience of black people in the United States. Although the program is not racially charged, it does look at life from the black perspective.

Similar in style to the Pursue Your Passion program, Kirk uses spoken word poetry, anecdotes, quotes, and humor to engage and encourage his audience to think critically about their existence.  He also reminds his audience of the virtues of self-reliance and to never use their black skin as a crutch.

Students, both black and white, walk away from the Sound of Melanin program with a new and broader perspective of what it means to be black in America while being encouraged to do their part in making this world a more cohesive place for all of humanity.

Please complete the form below to bring this program to your school.

Praises for Kirk's programs

Kirk, today I was considering withdrawing from a course at my school, but I thank god that He decided to show off and create a man like you to help me make the decision. Failure isn’t for me, and you have inspired me just like Martin Luther King did. Thank you.

Jason P

Lone Star College

POWERFUL! I love his energy. Encouraging. Exactly what I needed today.

Jamie S

Wayne State University

I saw Kirk’s Pursue Your Passion presentation at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa, in 2008. Ever since then, it has changed my life tremendously. I will always remember this event. Thanks Kirk, for changing my life.

Allan M

Buena Vista University

Kirk is so inspiring. Best speech/presentation I’ve heard all year when you were at WSU.

Michelle W

Wayne State University

Kirk, you are a human life jacket. God Bless You.

Tammy B

Princeton University

Kirk’s performance is filled with life’s lessons locked up in lucid liquid gold lyrics.

Darius J

Central Michigan University

Listening to Kirk makes me want to go to WAR and seize my future!

Charles G

Ohio State University

Absolutely true and inspiring. Kirk made me see things in a new light.

Georgiann H

Miami Dade Community College

Kirk Nugent is amazing and inspiring. His presentations are life-changing.

Jennifer A

Arizona State University

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