Graduate Stories

We wish we could share the stories of all of the scholars who graduate from JCSU.

Here's just a few of the Great Stories from our students. 

Oshauna Morgan - Valedictorian

Valedictorian Oshauna Morgan, age 20, came to JCSU from Mandeville, Manchester, Jamaica. She graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, with minors in chemistry and bioinformatics.

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Andrea Meneses Diaz - Salutatorian

Salutatorian Andrea Meneses Diaz has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science Information Systems with a 4.0 GPA. She has been hired as a business analyst on Bank of America’s Networking team. 

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Tajuana Ball

Tajuana Ball of Upper Marlboro, Md., will be an assistant national bank examiner for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), a division of the Treasury Department. She graduates cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, concentrating in accounting. 

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Nolunthando “Thando” Dlomo

Nolunthando “Thando” Dlomo, 23, of Johannesburg, South Africa, will graduate from JCSU with a bachelor’s degree in Communications, with a minor in theatre.

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Gracyn Doctor

Gracyn Doctor is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Sport Management. The 6-foot-1-inch volleyball player and Sports Information intern’s life changed when she lost her mother in last year’s Charleston, S.C. mass shooting. 

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Chenelle Forbes

Chenelle Forbes of Kingston, Jamaica will graduate JCSU with a Master of Social Work on May 15, 2016. Forbes, a student liaison for JCSU’s chapter of the National Association for Social Work, is a dedicated servant leader and exemplifies JCSU’s values as an agent of change. 

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Ramon Garibaldo

Ramon Garibaldo came to the U.S. in 2010 with his family and little else. An undocumented immigrant from Mexico, he is now graduating from JCSU with a bachelor’s degree in political science and has been accepted into Yale University ’s six-year political science Ph.D. program. 

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Allen Johnson

Allen Johnson is graduating May 2016 with a B.S. in Computer Science and Information Systems. He has accepted a position within the U.S. Department of Justice, noting the potential for growth and high level of job security. 

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Selene Medina

Selene Medina, 21, is graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, with a minor in pre-law. She will continue her educational pursuits over the summer at the law firm where she has worked since 2015 and in the fall will begin studies at Howard University School of Law. 

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Alfred Mickle

Sometimes, circumstances need a bit of time and space to yield the best results. That was the message from Alfred Mickle, 29. The linebacker graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Engineering is already earning a salary just shy of six figures as an IT infrastructure project analyst in the Aerospace Division of United Technologies Corporation. 

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LaTondra V. Morrow

LaTondra V. Morrow grew up in Charlotte, N.C., and was a Smith baby from the very start. The starting forward for the Golden Bulls women’s basketball team attended many Homecoming celebrations, games and CIAA events with her mother, who herself was a Class of 1991 graduate. The parallels don’t stop there.

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Kimberly McFadden

Kimberly McFadden, 26, is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Engineering. She is entering the Wells Fargo corporation’s Technology Operations Group working in Enterprise Technology. She is also part of a leadership and professional development program to prepare millennials for executive positions. If all that sounds very technical, there is a very human reason behind her motivation to go into this field.

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Nompumelelo Nobiva

23-year-old Nompumelelo “Mpumi” Nobiva was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. At 9 she lost her mother to AIDS and was raised by her grandmother. She excelled in school and attended the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls before coming to the U.S. to study at Johnson C. Smith University.

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Jordan Parks

Jordan Parks was never a kid who sought the spotlight. The drum major and leader of JCSU’s International Institution of Sound says he was actually more of an introvert when he first came to college. 

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Bobby Rayford

Bobby Rayford came to JCSU from Alexandria, Louisiana, looking to make a life change. He’d wandered down a dark path, but a wake-up call in the form of a 4-day coma left him questioning everything he thought he knew. 

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Jibra'il Sutton

Jibra'il Sutton, 21, hails from Corona Queens, N.Y. and is graduating JCSU with a bachelor’s degree in History. After graduating from high school January 15th, 2013, he started JCSU two days later. 

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Jennifer-Lynn Phipps

Jennifer-Lynn Phipps is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Information Systems and has accepted a position in the IT Department of Fortune 500 company John Deere.

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