There was a pep rally of sorts before yesterday’s North­eastern women’s bas­ket­ball game against Ver­mont, but it wasn’t entirely for the Lady Huskies.

Instead, nearly 900 stu­dents from four Boston public schools filled Northeastern’s Cabot Phys­ical Edu­ca­tion Center for a day that pro­moted the impor­tance of edu­ca­tion and brought many youths to a col­lege campus for the first time.

Let me say that this will not be the last time you are here at North­eastern,” said John Tobin, the university’s vice pres­i­dent for com­mu­nity and city affairs, “and I really hope that in 10 or 15 years from now, we will be able to con­grat­u­late you as grad­u­ates from this fine university.”

Ath­letics Director Peter Roby shared his own per­sonal suc­cess story, which he said would in no way be pos­sible without his education.

There’s nothing more impor­tant we can do to be suc­cessful than to get an edu­ca­tion,” Roby said. “That’s the No. 1 thing. I don’t care how good looking you are, how fast you can run or how well you can sing — you’re only going to go so far unless you get an education.”

Throughout the day, the stu­dents were urged to emu­late stu­dent ath­letes like those on Northeastern’s women’s bas­ket­ball squad, who, through hard work and ded­i­ca­tion, excel in aca­d­e­mics as well as athletics.

If I could leave you with just one mes­sage, it would be this: What­ever you want to do, who­ever you want to be, be ded­i­cated in all that you do,” said Daynia La-​​Force Mann, the women’s bas­ket­ball head coach.

La-​​Force Mann taught the stu­dents sev­eral cheers to use at the noon game against Ver­mont, and later they packed Solomon Court, cre­ating a loud and exciting game for the Huskies. North­eastern won, 78–62.

In addi­tion to taking respon­si­bility for their own futures, Dani Rylan, a for­ward on the women’s ice hockey team who ini­tially put off going to col­lege after high school, told the stu­dents to hold their class­mates account­able in the same way she and her team­mates do on the ice and in the locker room.

On our team, we say we have to be account­able to our team­mates on the ice and you need to make sure you hold your class­mates account­able — on home­work, on behavior — so that one day you will have the oppor­tu­nity to go to col­lege, maybe even the oppor­tu­nity to go to col­lege together.”