Spring graduates who participated in the Rites of Passage ceremony were, from left,
first row: Kiara Nicole Young, Shontia NeShay Daugherty, Britteny Hill, Asa Hosoda,
Javier Alexander Flores Rodriguez, and Maria Luisa Slone. Second row from left,
Zhanna "Alia" McDole, Jennifer Raymond, Jorge Chang, Elochukwu Ibekwe, Amber M.
Thomas and Brittany Tokurah. Third row from left, Keymia Herve, Tyler Noelle Coleman-Ituen,
Marcus John Williams, Shanice J. Parker, Blandon Louis Clemons, Fredrick Chin, and Andrea Araujo.
State University’s Office of Student Activities, Inclusion and Leadership
Development sponsored its 28th Annual Spring Rites of Passage Graduation
Recognition Ceremony Friday, May 9, in the Crager Room of the Adron Doran
The purpose of the ceremony was to recognize and celebrate
the scholastic achievement of minority and international students at MSU. Each
student received a certificate and a special Kente stole.
The Black Gospel Ensemble, directed by Dr. Roosevelt
Keynote speaker for the spring celebration was Dr. Cassandra
Smith, accounting instructor, at MSU.
graduates who participated in the ceremony were:
Lima, Peru; Jorge Chang, Guatemala City, Guatemala; Fredrick Chin, Aurora, CO.;
Blandon Louis Clemons, Owingsville; Tyler Noelle Coleman-Ituen, St. Louis, MO;
Shontia NeShay Daugherty, Winchester; Javier Alexander Flores Rodriguez,
Maysville; Keymia Herve, Morehead; Britteny Hill, Louisville;
Morehead; Elochukwu Ibekwe,
Morehead; Zhanna "Alia"
McDole, Dayton, OH; Shanice J. Parker, Washington D.C.; Jennifer Raymond, Deerfield Beach, FL; Maria
Luisa Slone, Amburgey; Amber M. Thomas, Louisville; Brittany Tokurah, Fayetteville, GA: Marcus
John Williams, Clinton, MD; and Kiara Nicole Young, Lexington.
Chief Photographer Tim Holbrook shares some of the scenes from “Rites of
Passage” in a photo gallery.
Additional information is available by calling Araujo at
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