Congratulations To The Class of 2013

May 18, 2013

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The Cheyney University Commencement program for the Class of 2013 was held on May 18.

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Cheyney University President Michelle R. Howard-Vital presented the 2013 Cheyney University graduating class at commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 18 at 11 AM in the historic quadrangle on campus.   Vice President of Community Investment of Comcast Corporation and President of the Comcast Foundation, Ms. Charisse R. Lillie, delivered the commencement address to 183 graduates.  In her remarks, Ms. Lillie reminded the students, “In this tough economy, you have made a decision to change.  You are entering a world that is changing.  Education and training will be ongoing for you.”

Valedictorian of the class of 2013 was Ann Marie Frasier, a political science major from Philadelphia.   Altogether  167  bachelor’s degrees and 16 master’s degrees were presented at the ceremony. A Doctor of Laws degree was awarded to speaker Ms. Charisse R. Lillie, Vice President of Community Investment, Comcast Corporation.  

Walter Naegle, of New York City, accepted an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, posthumously, on behalf of Bayard T. Rustin.  Rustin, a noted Civil Rights activist and former Cheyney University student  (1934-1937) would have been 101 years old in 2013.

Chairman Robert Bogle brought greetings to graduates on behalf of the Cheyney University Council of Trustees and Council members.  Also in attendance were trustees Lynette Brown-Sow, Robert Traynham II, Joseph Wells and Larry Skinner. Sheriff Joseph McGinn represented the PASSHE (Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education) Board of Governors.  Following the awarding of degrees, Cheyney University National Alumni Association President Junious Stanton inducted the new graduates into the National Alumni Association. 

Shelly Weeks-Channel, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Education and Leadership Studies was named the Lindback Distinguished Teacher Award. The program also included a memorial tribute and presentation of an honorary  diploma to Tiffany Sheppard, a Cheyney University student who passed away in her sophomore year. A group of students from Pennypacker Middle School was in the audience, along with hundreds of students,  family members and University supporters.


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