Shaw University’s Lolia Kienka recently graduated as one of the school’s all-time great tennis players and among its highest achieving students of the class of 2013. Her reward – the title of CIAA Woman of the Year and a nomination for the NCAA’s Woman of the Year. From ShawBears.com:
On the tennis court, Kienka was named CIAA Women’s Tennis Player of the Year in both 2010 and 2012 as well as tournament MVP during those two seasons. She was a three-time member of the All-CIAA Women’s Tennis Team and she led the Lady Bears to conference titles in the 2010 and 2012 seasons. In addition, she claimed CIAA Women’s Tennis Rookie of the Year honors in 2009 and received the conference’s Female Student-Athlete Scholar of the Year Award in 2012.
Kienka graduated summa cum laude with a 3.91 overall GPA with bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration and International Relations, and a minor in Accounting. She will pursue graduate studies at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland this fall.
The inspiring message of 2013 Oakwood University graduate Lawrence O’Neal, who went from incarceration to becoming a 3.7 magna cum laude graduate and UNCF/Mellon Mays Fellow.
“We’re like brothers,” Crawford said. “We fight like brothers. We give each other high fives like brothers.”Lorin Crawford, Clark Atlanta University Valedictorian
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution today profiles Clark Atlanta University valedictorian Lorin Crawford and salutatorian Tam Quach, honors graduates who share a kinship and drive for excellence in the midst of diverse backgrounds and perspectives.
The Florida A&M University National Alumni Convention began today in Fort Lauderdale, with the theme of ‘Transitioning into a New Era with Unified Purpose.’ Among the items for discussion between Rattler graduates and leadership, new changes in administration and athletics, an introduction to the new director of the Marching 100, and a town hall meeting to discuss the future direction of FAMU. From the release:
“We are excited that the Florida Region along with the Broward County Chapter will serve as our hosts,” said Gregory Clark, 1st Vice President for the FAMU-NAA and Convention Chairman. “We invite the entire FAMU community to come and meet the officers of FAMU National Alumni Association, the current university administration and fellowship with Rattlers from across the country. It is imperative that we get involved and play an integral role in the future of the National Alumni Association and our illustrious university.”
“My immediate goal right now is to be a first-year starter and I believe I have the opportunity to do that,” he said. “That’s predicated on how well I articulate our defense and learn it and be able to be a leader and not act as if I’m a rookie on the field. I’ve known this defense for a couple of years and I’ll be seeing it again.”
- Former Howard University linebacker Keith Pough on his outlook as an undrafted rookie for the Buffalo Bills.
More than 650 graduates graduated from Alcorn State University last weekend, a celebration marked by celebration of distinguished guests and remembrance of a fallen alumnus. National Urban League President Marc Morial invoked the name of famous Alcorn leaders and graduates like founder Hiram Revels and author Alex Haley in his encouraging of the new alumni to change America’s course.
“The choice is yours to have the courage and compassion to lead us into the 21st century,” Morial encouraged the students to remember those who are “locked out and left out.”
Omarosa Manigault also addressed the assembly of hundreds, there representing actor and former Alcorn State student Michael Clarke Duncan. Manigault received a posthumous degree awarded to her late fiance’.
“I am so honored that Michael Clarke Duncan, joins the class of 2013,” Manigault, who is now a Los Angeles minister, said. “In memory of Michael, I will give to Alcorn the first financial gift from the Class of 2013.”
The university also honored its golden class of 1963, which donated $90,000 to the ASU Foundation in honor of its 50th anniversary.
Former Texas Southern University football standout Michael Strahan returned to his alma mater this weekend for its annual commencement exercises, bringing words of love and lending his celebrity star power to the event.
He received an honorary doctorate from TSU, an honor unanimously voted upon by the Board of Regents.
“He joked with the crowd and flashed his trademark, infectious smile after accepting the award which he said he did not take lightly.
‘When you earn a degree from TSU, you have met the standard of excellence,’ he said.”
Strahan is current co-star of the morning talk staple ‘LIVE with Kelly and Michael’ and is a former NFL all-pro defensive lineman with the New York Giants.