Cheyney University Coronation Ceremony An Elegant Affair

October 24, 2012

No tradition is more beloved than a coronation at an HBCU.  On Wednesday night, October 17, the Marian Anderson Music Center was filled with students, friends and family in anticipation of the customary pageantry.  

From the podium, Mistress of Ceremonies Kara Craig and Master of Ceremonies Desmond R. King presided over the evening filled with elegance and grace. The excited audience craned their necks as organizational Kings, Queens, and Escorts took their places in the Royal Parade through the theatre and onto the stage. 
Following Crown and Sash bearers, Miss Milanda Mardy & Mr. Daquan Cook, Miss Jael Quarles, the Flower Girl, stole everyone's hearts as she walked through the audience.   Mr. Jules McKelvey took the arm of his sister, the 40th Miss Cheyney University 2012-2013, Janelle McKelvey to her throne.
After a blessing by Rev. Elisha B. Morris, Mr. Ahn-Yea W. Graham, President, Student Government Cooperative Association Inc., welcomed the audience.   
Gifts of many shapes and forms followed, including a special performance to the royal couple by Miss Janina Jones and a musical tribute by Miss Lachelle & Miss Shayna Miller. When the dramatic moment occurred, the crowning of the Miss Cheyney University 2012-2013, Janelle McKelvey by Miss Cheyney University 2011-2012, Shakeemah Simmons, the audience settled down.   Other treats followed, including a Praise Dance by Miss Karla Hughes, and Cheyney University President Michelle Howard-Vital presenting the President's Charge.
In accordance with custom, the entire audience sang The Alma Mater at the program’s conclusion.
Members of the Royal Court included-
Homecoming King, Darius Reeves
Homecoming Queen, Fatima Jackson
Mr. Blue & White, Tyrik Thorn
Miss Blue & White, Ciara Brown
Mr. Legend, Antoine Pendleton
Miss Legend, Shakia Canty
Mr. & Miss Class Officers
Mr. Senior, Thomas Stewart 
Miss Senior, Alisha Alexis
Mr. Junior, Rashaad Washington
Miss Junior, Tamara Russell
Mr. Sophomore, Thomas McRae. Jr.
Miss Sophomore, Kristan Justice
Mr. Freshmen, Keith Cherry
Miss Freshman, Bahiyra Shaw
Greek Organizations Kings & Queens
Mr. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Anthony Carter
Miss Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Trivera Heard 
Mr. Alpha Kappa Alpha, Terrance Mitchell
 Miss Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Lindsey Johnson-Daniel
Mr. Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Idris Lash
Miss Kappa Alpha Psi , Zakiyyah Gosa
Mr. Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Sammy Robinson
Miss Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Natasha Lyburn 
Mr. Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Lonnell Wilson
Miss Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Marshay Wells
Mr. Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., Aaron Yancey
Miss Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., Sheniera Drummond
Mr. Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc., Ammaar Muhammad
Miss Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc., Chacaya Harris
Student Clubs Organizational Kings & Queens
Mr. Caribbean Student Association, Carlos Thompson
Mr. Concert Choir, Craig Brown
Miss Concert Choir, Angelique Haynesworth
Mr. Gospel Choir, Aaron Small
Miss Gospel Choir, Heaven Montgomery
Mr. LˈOriginale, Jamal Morrison
Miss LˈOriginale, Chelsea Caldwell
Mr.  Mature Addiction, Akeem Whitaker
Miss Mature Addiction, Jasmine Moore
Mr. Modern Men,  Bryan Irving
Miss Modern Men, Ijnanya Davis
Mr. New Heritage, Justine Wise
Miss New Heritage, Brooke Garret
Mr. Iconic Entertainment, Reginald Buckner
Miss Iconic Entertainment, Shonvna Hurde
Mr. SGCA, Inc. , Ahn-yea Graham
Miss SGCA, Inc., Tonvia Mays
Residence Halls Kings & Queens
Mr. Emlen Hall, Christopher Stewart
Miss Emlen Hall, Alexa Kirksey
Mr. King Hall, Lenny Macklin 
Miss King Hall, Sibongele Murray
Mr. New Hall, Ebosele Ayewah
Miss New Hall, Ruqaiyah Lash
Mr. Truth Hall, George Pendleton
Miss Truth Hall, Chelsie Holyfield
In the custom of the University's Homecoming celebration, the evening was an elegant reminder of those traditions, and the students that the University holds so dear.