Da’Shawn Covington


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Da’Shawn Covington

Da’Shawn “Brown Sugar” Covington ’18 was the sole Golden Bull to graduate in May 2018 with a degree in music. She may have been the only, but she was hardly lonely.

Covington, who hailed from Washington D.C., performed in several Soul Junction music events on campus alongside professional musicians such as the Grammy Award-winning Hamiltones. She was an active member of the University Communications and Marketing Department’s student photography team, and an ambitious entrepreneur who vended her own clothing line at JCSU’s inaugural Pop-Up Shop event during Founders’ Week 2018. With all those activities, Covington did not slack on academics—she made the Dean’s List two years in a row and received an award at the 2018 Senior Luncheon.

All that hard work served her well. Two days after graduating, she landed a job at Power Studio in Maryland as an assistant producer.

“I’ve always loved music. My biggest influencer is my dad,” Covington said. “Ever since I was a kid, I traveled to the studio with him all the time. Even so young, I deeply felt in my heart that it was a special place where I belonged.”

Covington was grateful for the mentorship of her professors and the many opportunities JCSU afforded to grow both personally and professionally. 

“Now,” she says, “I am extremely confident in my abilities and I have JCSU to thank for it. No one can take that away from me.”