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The Keystone Honors Academy at Cheyney University Prepares Students for Graduate Study

Angelitta Anderson

October 18, 2013

More than 100 students passed through the 2013 Fall Graduate School Fair sponsored by the Keystone Honors Academy at Cheyney University to have their questions answered by representatives from each university.

More than 100 students passed through the 2013 Fall Graduate School Fair sponsored by the Keystone Honors Academy at Cheyney University to have their questions answered by representatives from each university.

The Keystone Honors Academy (KHA) at Cheyney University hosted its Fall 2013 Graduate School Fair on Thursday, October 17, 2013 from 2 to 5 pm at the Marcus Foster Alumni Student Center. More than 100 students passed through the various booths seeking information about programs to help them further their careers. The annual event was open to all Cheyney University students as well as the public.

“The graduate school fair is an opportunity for students to engage with higher education professionals who serve as excellent resources to students about graduate programs, admissions requirements, and career pathways," explained KHA Dean Tara Kent. "Students benefit from these interactions, not only in an advisory capacity, but they may also cultivate valuable relationships with faculty, admissions deans and recruiters who will play a role in evaluating their application materials.” 

The event allowed students to meet representatives from graduate programs from across the region in a wide variety of disciplines including: Medicine, Law, Business Administration, Public Health, Psychology, Social Work, Education, and many more. Cheyney students networked with some of the area’s best schools and made some incredible connections. 

Participating universities included:

• Howard University
• Rutgers University
• University of Pennsylvania
• Temple University (Master’s and Ph.D. programs)
• University of Delaware
• John Jay College of Criminal Justice
• Temple University Beasley School of Law
• Cheyney University
• Holy Family University
• West Chester University
• Wilmington University
• Bloomsburg University
• Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine
• University of Pittsburgh
• Temple University College of Education
• Lincoln University
• Immaculata
• Shippensburg University
• Neumann University 

Cheyney Senior Rosalyn Mitchell Jackson said the fair was rewarding. The Liberal Arts Major looked at a number of schools' programs but Lincoln University’s weekend masters program caught her attention most. Senior Psychology Major Mia Duppins was also glad she came. “The whole event has been very informative and I thank Dr. Kent for having it. I feel blessed to be here," she exclaimed. Sophomore Fine Arts Major Niseeah Grasch, already thinking beyond graduation, said he was impressed with the "wide selection of graduate schools" and found it to be "a great opportunity.” 

According to Kent, KHA "is actively involved in assisting students prepare for post-baccalaureate work, and with the strong academic foundation established through coursework in their disciplines, our students have become increasingly more successful with placement." 

Funded through the Bond-Hill Scholarship Program, the Honors Academy hosts an array of activities throughout the academic year which are designed to assist students in preparing for post baccalaureate work. Faculty across the university serve as advisors and mentors to students interested in graduate study, and the Academy collaborates with faculty to provide students with the needed resources to help them succeed as they prepare for studies for advanced degrees.