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End of Year KHA Banquet Celebrates Graduating Senior Scholars

May 4, 2014

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The 2014 KHA seniors pose with Dr. Tara Kent, Dean of the Keystone Honors Academy

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The Keystone Honors Academy (KHA) at Cheyney University held its annual end of the year banquet on May 1.  It was a red carpet affair, complete with elegantly dressed scholars who took time to pose for a host of pictures. For the 34 seniors who are moving on to jobs, law school, graduate school, medical school and other opportunities, the night was bittersweet.

"We’ve had an exceptional year, and we have a great deal to celebrate in terms of our graduates and our continuing students," said KHA Dean, Dr. Tara Kent.  "We have a truly exceptional group in the academy, and I’m so proud of all of you."

Kent went on to explain how KHA students completed more than 1,700 hours of community service this school year, hosted world-renowned activist and scholar, Dr. Angela Davis, participated in conferences, professional programs, and prepared for graduate school, among many other things. 

President Michelle R. Howard-Vital, Provost & Vice President of Academic Affairs Phyllis Worthy Dawkins, and a number of CU faculty and staff joined Dr. Kent in presenting the seniors with their KHA honors sashes.

"As honors students, you are graduating with a considerable amount of service, internship experience, research, scholarship, and a strong academic foundation," she told them. "Although you will begin your post-baccalaureate lives at a difficult time for the country, you should know that with these experiences, you are well prepared."

In fact, before Dr. Davis spoke at Cheyney University April 17 before a packed house, CU alumnus and KHA Scholar Brittany Fox ('08) told the audience that, with her Cheyney education, she was very well prepared and just as competitive as her colleagues at ivy league Columbia University, where she earned her Masters in Public Administration and is pursuing her doctorate in sociology.   

The KHA undergraduates and graduating seniors planned the dinner banquet which turned out to be a lot of fun--complete with a dj, dancing, and a photo booth that kept people smiling all night. They walked away with keepsakes and memories that will last a lifetime.