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NCCU Welcomes New Class of Eagles


Approximately 1,167 first-year students will join the North Carolina Central University (NCCU) Class of 2022 and participate in Eagle Move-In Day on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. The freshman class is the second largest group of incoming students in the past four years at NCCU. The Move-In Day tradition welcomes new students and kicks off a series of student-focused events known as Eagle Mania.

Students from Mecklenburg, Durham and Wake counties significantly contributed to the 2022 class profile, with 323 students graduating from those regional schools.

An estimated 380 transfer and second-degree students have also registered for fall classes for the 2018-2019 academic year.

“North Carolina Central University is delighted to welcome another group of scholars who are attracted to the cross-discipline curriculum, hands-on learning opportunities and vibrant campus life that the institution provides,” said NCCU Chancellor Johnson O. Akinleye.

NCCU continues to cultivate diversity within the student body, with 234 incoming students identifying their race or ethnicity as other than African-American, including Hispanic, Caucasian, more than two races, and Asian, to name a few.

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences has the largest representation among academic programs chosen by incoming students, with nursing, criminal justice and psychology among top anticipated majors.

“As NCCU’s academic portfolio continues to expand, our dedicated faculty and staff remain devoted to student success in every endeavor,” Akinleye said.

This year’s class boasts a high academic profile, with an average GPA of 3.27 and average SAT scores of 982.

Among incoming freshmen are 18 Cheatham-White Scholars. These are the students chosen from among 200 candidates for the new full-ride scholarships created by the N.C. General Assembly for incoming Class of 2022 freshmen at NCCU and N.C. A&T State University, the state’s two largest historically black colleges.

Applicants for the Cheatham-White Scholarships were required to hold a high-school weighted grade point average of at least 4.0, along with an SAT scores of at least 1280 or ACT scores of 28 or higher. High schools nominated students for the scholarship based on a variety of factors, including leadership experience, character and community service.

The Cheatham-White Scholarships cover full tuition, room and board, student fees, books, a laptop computer, supplies and personal expenses, plus four summer experiences that may include international studies.

The 2018-19 awardees are Talya Allen of Greenville, N.C.; Jo’Onna Banks of Huntersville, N.C.; Christopher Daniel of High Point, N.C.; Nicholas Fajardo of Durham; Megan Gaines of Whitsett, N.C.; Pryor “Ry” Gibson IV of Raleigh, N.C.; Ania Hairston of Madison, N.C.; Amaya Jackson of Chesterfield, Va.; Patience Jones of Raleigh; Grayden Knoll of Apex, N.C.; Caleb McRoy of Raleigh; Lauren Odom of Atlanta, Ga.; Lillian Park of Charlotte, N.C.; Joshualan Mikayla Parrish of Kernersville, N.C.; David Scarlette of Durham; Miniya Shinn of Hickory, N.C.; Jailyn Smith of Winston-Salem, N.C.; and Amiah Taliaferro of Waxhaw, N.C. 

The scholarship was named for Henry P. Cheatham and George Henry White, both African-Americans from North Carolina who served in Congress in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

As part of the university’s tradition of welcoming new scholars, all incoming students will participate in Eagle Mania, a series of events organized by NCCU’s divisions of Academic Affairs and Student Affairs. Through a mixture of academic and social programs, Eagle Mania helps students become more familiar with NCCU and the City of Durham.

“We are ecstatic to welcome another outstanding group of students to NCCU,” said Angela Alvarado Coleman, Ed.D., vice chancellor for Student Affairs. “NCCU offers students a quality education combined with an exceptional student experience.”

New student induction and pinning ceremonies will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, in McDougald-McLendon Arena. Kimberly A. Bassett, NCCU alumna and executive director for Women’s Policy & Initiatives in the Washington, D.C., mayor’s office, will be the keynote speaker. Bassett, a 1990 Eagle graduate, serves on the board of the NCCU College of Arts and Sciences and on the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Corporate Advisory Council.

Alumni and members of the NCCU community will present new students with their class pins as a reminder of the university’s proud heritage and the significance of class membership.

For a full list of Eagle Mania events, please click here.

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