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Rites of Passage for Fall 2020, Spring 2021 celebrated

Morehead State University's Office of Student Activities sponsored its 40th annual Rites of Passage recognition ceremony on Wednesday, May 5. The ceremony took place with attendance limited to students and University officials and was broadcast virtually for family, friends and supporters.   

An online program for the ceremony can be found by visiting

The ceremony's purpose was to recognize and celebrate the academic achievement of minority and international students at MSU. Each student will receive a certificate, a gift and a special Kente stole.      

Spring 2021 graduates who participated in the ceremony were:      

Front row, left to right:   

  • Elizabeth Ignacio, Maysville (Spring 2021)  
  • Shannon Grabowski, Nashville, Tennessee (Spring 2021)    
  • Cierra Overstreet, Mt. Sterling (Spring 2021)  
  • Victoria Russ, Meade, (Spring 2021)     

Back row, left to right:  

  • Jordyn Jackson, Lexington (Spring 2021)  
  • Marvin Anthony Hayden, Lexington (Spring 2021)  
  • Abreona Walker, Louisville (Spring 2021)  
  • Ricardo Washington Jr., Cleveland, Ohio (Spring 2021)  

Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 graduates not pictured:  

  • Carla Chappell, Henderson (Fall 2020)  
  • James Copas, West Portsmouth, Ohio (Spring 2021)  
  • Lanea Hayden, Mt. Sterling (Spring 2021)  
  • Willie Jones, Sharpsburg (Spring 2021)  
  • Keith Long Jr., Richmond (Spring 2021)  
  • Andrea Martinez, Somerset (Fall 2020)  
  • Chris Miller, Shelbyville (Spring 2021)  
  • Shae Mims, Red Level, Alabama (Fall 2020)  
  • Diamonique Mitchell, Lexington (Fall 2020)  
  • Tia Williams, Toronto, Canada (Spring 2021)  
  • DaKorria Winstead, Owensboro (Spring 2021)  

Additional information about the ceremony is available by contacting Shannon Colvin, associate director for student activities, at 606-783-2071 or