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Two Valedictorians Share The Stage at Commencement

May 26, 2011

For the first time in Cheyney University history, the class of 2011 is distinct in that two equally deserving students have emerged as exceptional young scholars. After thorough and meticulous evaluation of the credentials of the student candidates for valedictorian, it was determined that two students possessed the academic strength consistent with this highest academic honor bestowed upon an undergraduate student. Given their talents and accomplishments, this was an unprecedented, yet prudent decision from our academic community.

Ebelechukwu Nwafor (pronounced E-belly-CHOO-KWU Nwa-four)is a member of the Keystone Honors Academy, and completed the baccalaureate degree in Computer and Information Science, with a minor in mathematics. Originally from Nigeria, he currently resides in Philadelphia.

While at Cheyney University, he participated in research internships at the University of Pennsylvania and at Thomas Jefferson University. He has worked with world-renowned bio statisticians and epidemiologists, researching cancer and health disparities. As a freshman he analyzed data for The Think Health Project at the University Of Pennsylvania and as a sophomore conducted data analysis for a Clinical Community Innovation Program at Thomas Jefferson University’s Division of Biostatistics. He also conducted data analysis on a cancer suppression project at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson.

Ebele has presented his research at conferences in the region and has been published in the HBCU-Up journal. He has been accepted into several masters degree programs and plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Management Information Systems. Long term, Ebelechukwu plans to pursue a research agenda within the Academy.

Eric Parker is from Philadelphia, and transferred to Cheyney as from Northwestern University. He is a Hotel, Restaurant, Tourism Management major and a Political Science minor. A member of the Keystone Honors Academy, he has earned the President’s Award for Academic Excellence and Dean’s List stature. He served on the Cheyney University Council of Trustees, and represented the University at the national competition of the Honda Campus All Star Challenge, where he was the top scorer on the Cheyney team.

Eric served as the Recording Secretary for the Student Government Cooperative Association (SGCA). In addition, he is the president of the National Society of Minorities in Hospitality (NSMH), Cheyney University Chapter, and the Vice President of Eta Sigma Delta International Hospitality Management Society, Cheyney University Chapter. Eric is also published in the Cheyney University Magazine. Eric has already applied his analytical and problem-solving skills in the professional realm, and was employed as a summer sales manager intern with Ecolab. Eric plans to attend Villanova School of Law in the fall, where he was accepted with a full scholarship.

The Cheyney University community extends its congratulations to both graduates.