May 10 , 2007
Contact: Mike Andrews
Profiles of the University of the District of Columbia’s Class of 2007
Washington, DC- The University of the District of Columbia will confer degrees upon approximately 600 students at the University’s 30th Annual Commencement Convocation 10:00 a.m, Saturday, May 12, 2007 in the Verizon Center. A total of 125 international students are included in the graduating class, representing 51 countries. The Class of 2007 represents a population as diverse as the scholastic offerings of the only public university in the nation’s capital.
The University will graduate three bachelor’s degree recipients at this year’s commencement with a perfect 4.0 grade point average. They include:
The youngest graduate in the Class of 2007 is Cynteyech M. Colebrook, born September 12, 1987, who is graduating with an A.A.S. degree in Hotel Management. The University’s “senior” graduate is Juliet Grant, who has earned a B.B.A degree in Business Management – date of birth is June 14, 1937. Twenty-two of the new graduates were born before 1950.
One new UDC graduate, Sylvester Felton, served in the United States Marine Corps. He joined the University’s Veterans Upward Bound Program in the spring of 2005. Mr. Felton is graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management. It’s not his first UDC degree - Mr. Felton has received an Associates Degrees in Accounting Technology (2001) and in Business Technology (2005). He has maintained a 3.0 or higher grade point average and attributes his success in part to his participation in the UDC Veterans Upward Bound Program.
Howard Franklin, Jr. will receive his Bachelor of Music degree, making him the first in his family to receive a college degree. The Washington, DC native and Ward 5 resident has already gotten his career underway, successfully launching Howard Franklin’s Music, providing musical performances for corporations, weddings and other public and private affairs. In his time at UDC, Howard has acted as a “big brother” to incoming freshman students and is a well-know leader on campus.
Two graduating seniors have distinguished themselves both in the classroom and on the athletic field. Nerissa Peterson-Paul is graduating magna cum laude (with a grade point average of 3.73) with a degree in Biology. The top women’s tennis player plans to enroll in medical school. Cross country athlete Jeffrey Zulu is also graduating magna cum laude (3.64 GPA) with a degree in Chemistry. He plans to become a pharmacist.
Six graduating students from the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law were selected to receive the Olender Foundation awards for excellence in the clinical program:
The Honorable Alphonso Jackson, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, will be the keynote speaker for Commencement, which will be presided over by University President William L. Pollard, PhD. As a part of the graduation activities for the University, honorary doctoral degrees will be conferred on Brigadier General Clara Adams-Ender (Doctor of Humane Letters) and renowned civil rights attorney and former Secretary of Transportation William T. Coleman, Jr. (Doctor of Laws).
The University of the District of Columbia is the fully-accredited sole public source for accessible, inclusive, affordable, and comprehensive public higher education in the District of Columbia and provides additional life-long learning opportunities. The University delivers quality instruction and uses student-centered approaches to empower and benefit both individuals and its local communities. The University, an urban land grant institution, is a very diverse community, a gateway to the world, and a significant investment engine for the District of Columbia. The University is located at 4200 Connecticut Ave, NW Washington, and is conveniently located at the Van Ness/UDC stop on the Red Line of Metro. For more information on other University activities, contact Mike Andrews, Senior Director for Communications and University Spokesperson at (202) 274-5685 or visit the University’s web site at www.udc.edu.