Alabama Class of 2020

Undergraduate Graduation Hall of Fame

Talisia Zhanea’ Howard

Institution: Talladega College

Chi Chapter | Talladega, AL

Major: Sociology
Special Distinctions:
Sociology Club, Scholarship Recipient

Ivana C. Perkins

Institution: University of Alabama at Birmingham

Iota Phi Chaper | Birmingham, AL

Major: Health Care Management
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Kristianna Davison

Institution: The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa

Theta Sigma Chaper | The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa

Major: Public Health

Keila Lawrence

Institution: Miles College

Gamma Pi Chapter | Fairfield, AL

Major: Chemistry
Special Distinctions: SGA President 2019-2020, Summa Cum Laude Graduate, Honors Curriculum Vice President, American Heart Association HBCU Scholar

Jalisia Howard

Institution: Talladega College

Chi Chapter | Talladega, AL

Major: Social Work
Special Distinction: Presidential Honor Society, Overall GPA 3.51, Social Work Club Scholarship Recipient

Kendra Lawrence

Institution: Miles College

Gamma Pi Chapter | Fairfield, AL

Major: CIS
Special Distinction:
Magna Cum Laude, Presidential Scholar, Honors Curriculum President, Beta Kappa Chi National Scientific Honor Society President, INROADS Intern
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Torian D. Blackburn

Institution: University of Montevallo

Mu Mu Chapter | Montevallo, AL

Major: Business Administration in Management
Minor:
Accounting
Special Distinctions: While pursuing her degree in Master of Business Administration, she attained the position of Community Development and Corporate Social Responsibility Analyst for Renasant Bank.
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Faith Rivas

Institution: Talladega College

Chi Chapter | Talladega, AL

Major: Psychology
Special Distinctions: 4.0 GPA, President's List, Top 10% Graduate, Alpha Chi National Honor Society Scholar

Alexus M. Cumbie

Institution: University of Alabama

Theta Sigma Chapter | Tuscaloosa, AL

Major: Business Management Administration and Political Science
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Briana Hardie

Institution: Troy University

Mu Alpha Chapter | Troy, AL

Major: Nursing

Ashley Clarisa James

Institution: University of South Alabama

Epsilon Upsilon Chapter | Mobile, AL

Major: Hospitality and Tourism Management

Caitlin Marie Leonard

Institution: University of South Alabama

Epsilon Upsilon Chapter | Mobile, AL

Major: Sport Management

Shameka Funches

Institution: Alabama A&M University

Gamma Mu Chapter | Normal, AL

Major: Biology

Lauryn Olivia Gant

Institution: Tuskegee University

Gamma Kappa Chapter | Tuskegee, AL

Major: Animal Science
Special Distinctions: Cum Laude, Accepted in the 2020-21 Class of Tuskegee University Veterinarian School

Jelicia Ro’Shell Daily

Institution: Miles College

Gamma Pi Chapter | Fairfield, AL

Major: Biology
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Hailey Marie Simmons

Institution: Alabama A&M University

Gamma Mu Chapter | Normal, AL

Major: Biology
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Wil’Terrika L. Houston

Institution: Miles College

Gamma Pi Chapter | Fairfield, AL

Major: Social Work
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Payton Jones

Institution: Auburn University

Kappa Chi | Auburn, AL

Major: Finance
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Erica D. Campbell

Institution: University of Alabama at Birmingham

Iota Phi Chapter | Birmingham, AL

Major: Community Health and Human Services
Minor:
Minority and Sexual Health
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Asten Sierra Cosby

Institution: University of South Alabama

Epsilon Upsilon Chapter | Mobile, AL

Major: Strategic Communications
Minor: Marketing

Stefani Shepard

Institution: Tuskegee University

Gamma Kappa Chapter | Tuskegee, AL

Major: Animal Science
Special Distinctions: Summa Cum Laude, Attending Georgetown University in Pursuit of a Master’s in Physiology with a Focus in Complementary and Alternative Medicine
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Shannon Robinson

Insitution: University of Alabama

Theta Sigma Chapter | Tuscaloosa, AL

Major: News Media
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Special Distinctions: Graduated with Honors, Landed a Job as a Digital Producer at CBS 42 News

DeAundria McArthur

Insititution: University of Alabama at Birmingham

Iota Phi Chapter | Birmingham, AL

Major: Nursing
Special Distinction: Cum Laude

Briania Smith

Institution: University of Alabama at Birmingham

Iota Phi Chapter | Birmingham, AL

Major: Nursing

Cara Harris

Instituion: University of Alabama at Birmingham

Iota Phi Chapter | Birmingham, AL

Major: Nursing
Special Distinctions: VANAP Scholar, ALSAMP Scholar, Order of Omega; National Society of
Leadership and Success, Sigma Alpha Lambda National Honors Society, Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society

Ayanna Day

Institution: University of Alabama at Birmingham

Iota Phi Chapter | Birmingham, AL

Major: Psychology
Minor: African American Studies

Aeriel L. Lee

Institution: University of West Alabama

Mu Eta Chapter | Livingston, AL

Major: Health Science (Physical Therapy Track)
Special Distinctions: Mu Eta Chapter President Spring’20 Semester, Pursing a Degree in Doctor of Physical Therapy starting January 2021

Aeriel Winn

Institution: University of Alabama

Theta Sigma Chapter | Tuscaloosa, AL

Major: Management Information Systems
Special Distinction: Graduated with honors from The University of Alabama with a GPA
of 3.52, Accepted a Job Offer in South Carolina at Capgemini as a Consultant
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Amari McCain

Institution: University of South Alabama

Epsilon Upsilon Chapter | Mobile, AL

Major: Exercise Science with a concentration in Health and Fitness
Special Distinctions: Secretary of the Epsilon Upsilon Chapter; Post Graduation Plans - Amari will continue her education at South Alabama to get her Master's in Exercise Science

Kierra Hutchins

Institution: University of South Alabama

Epsilon Upsilon Chapter | Mobile, AL

Major: Psychology
Special Distinctions: Summa Cum Laude Graduate

Mia Campbell

Institution: Florida A&M University

Beta Pi Chapter | Montgomery, AL

Masters in Sport Management
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Brittney Alexxis Sanders

Institution: University of South Alabama

Epsilon Upsilon Chapter | Mobile, AL

Major: Political Science/Pre-Law
Special Distinctions: Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, Order of Omega Greek Honor Society,
Chapter Chaplain and 1st Vice President at Epsilon Upsilon Chapter

Jailyn Murrell

Institution: University of Alabama

Theta Sigma Chapter | Tuscaloosa, AL

Major: Criminal Justice
Minor: Cyber Criminology
Special Distinctions: Deans List for 3 years; President's List for 1; Academic Distinction
Award for GPA (4x); Academic Award of Excellence for AKA (2x)

Mary Elise Thornton

Institution: Tuskegee University

Gamma Kappa Chapter | Tuskegee, AL

Major: English
Special Distinction: Magna Cum Laude

Alyese Janae Orr Givens

Institution: University of South Alabama

Epsilon Upsilon Chapter | Mobile, AL

Major: Nursing

Candace Coleman

Institution: Spring Hill College

Pi Rho Chapter | Mobile, AL

Major: Education
Special Distinctions: Published children’s book author of the book “I lost My Shoe! What do I do?”

Theo Edwards-Butler

Institution: Samford University

Omicron Mu Chapter | Birmingham, AL

Major: Musical Theatre
Special Distinction: Trailblazer Award for Samford Theatre and Dance Department

Ma’Kiyah Hall

Institution: University of West Alabama

Mu Eta Chapter | Livingston, AL

Major: Integrated Marketing Communications
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Alexis Jomelle Johnson

Institution: Tuskegee University

Gamma Kappa Chapter | Tuskegee, AL

Special Distinctions: Graduated Summa Cum Laude (3.77 CGPA), Accepted into the 2020-2021 cohort of the Biomedical and Health Sciences Masters Program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham
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Raquel Reeves

Institution: Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University

Gamma Mu Chapter | Normal, AL

Major: Communications Media with a concentration in Production
Special Distinction: Merit Scholar, Dean's List, Honor Roll Recipient, Graduating Magna Cum Laude
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Zakiya Leverette

Institution: University of Alabama

Theta Sigma Chapter | Tuscaloosa, AL

Major: Public Health
Special Distinction: Magna Cum Laude
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Dorelle Garner

Institution: University of North Alabama

Nu Omicron Chapter | Florence, AL

Major: Entertainment Industry, concentration in Technology
Minor: Marketing

Lauren Cowan

Institution: Spring Hill College

Pi Rho Chapter | Mobile, AL

Major: Sociology
Minor: Pre Law
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Maria Hamilton

Institution: Alabama Agricultural & Mechanical University

Gamma Mu Chapter | Normal, AL

Major: Business Administration with a concentration in International Business

Kelsey Townsell

Institution: Stillman College

Delta Sigma Chapter | Tuscaloosa, AL

Major: Business Administration
Special Distinction: Awarded the Presidential Scholar's Award at Stillman College, First student to receive an apprenticeship with ARD Logistics in their HR Department through Stillman College,
Participant in the Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program, and Delta Sigma Chapter's Hostess

Dawnteia Little

Institution: Alabama A&M University

Gamma Mu Chapter | Normal, AL

Major: Social Work
Special Distinction: Bachelors Degree in Social Work with a 3.4 GPA,
Interned at the City of Huntsville Multicultural Affairs to engage with the community, Serve as Miss Social Work for the Social Work Association, After graduation plans to attend the advanced standing program at Alabama A&M University to receive a Master’s of Social Work

Gabrielle Perdue

Institution: University of Alabama

Theta Sigma Chapter | Tuscaloosa, AL

Majors: African American Studies & Biology
Special Distinctions: Chaplain for Theta Sigma Chapter and President’s List for 1 year

Kennedy Briana Harris

Institution: Tuskegee University

Gamma Kappa Chapter | Tuskegee, AL

Majors: Biology, Material Science Engineering
Special Distinctions: Cum Laude, University Merit Scholar, Vice President of Gamma Kappa Chapter 2018-2019
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Maya Ledell York

Institution: Tuskegee University

Gamma Kappa Chapter | Tuskegee, AL

Major: Aerospace Science Engineering
Special Distinction: Summa Cum Laude
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MaCara Woods

Institution: University of North Alabama

Nu Omicron Chapter | Florence, AL

Major: Sociology
Minor: Family Studies