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NCCU Awards 412 Graduate and Professional Degrees

Tia Tate became the seventh doctoral candidate to receive a degree in integrated biosciences at NCCU.

North Carolina Central University (NCCU) awarded 294 master’s degrees,117 law degrees and one doctoral degree during the 2019 Graduate and Professional Commencement Ceremony on May 10, 2019.

Ninety Master of Science degrees were awarded, the most in any category, followed by 53 Master of Social Work and 51 Master of Arts degrees.

Among the honorees recognized was a married couple, Will Glayverth and Thalita Silva, both of whom immigrated from Brazil but didn’t meet until 2010. Professionally interested in bankruptcy law, they helped establish the NCCU Bankruptcy Council during their time  at the School of Law, NCCU Chancellor Johnson O. Akinleye said.

“However, Thalita found that her law school experience was missing an important factor,” Akinleye added.

“In wanting to experience the full breadth of being an American citizen, Thalita received her citizenship in October 2018 after an extensive process and testing with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service,” the chancellor said.

N.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley addressed the graduates, telling them that she left law school more than 20 years ago with no blueprint for becoming a judge, especially a chief justice. Beasley said the key to moving forward in any profession is being “proactive” in seeking opportunities as they arise.

“Muster the courage to seize the moment,” Beasley said. “Be careful about perceiving those opportunities as meant for somebody else.”

She also urged them to maintain confidence in the face of obstacles.

“You’ll make the best laid plans and there will be times when your plans will be upset,” Beasley said. “Your dream job may slip through your fingers, but your fall back plan may be just the thing that leads you to discover your passion.”

Beasley is the first African American woman to be elected in any statewide race without first being appointed to the office. She also is the first African American woman to serve as chief justice of the state’s highest court, after being appointed by North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper in March 2019. Additionally, Beasley is the fourth African American woman to serve as chief justice in the U.S. She was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at the ceremony.

A link to photos and a breakdown of graduate degrees is available here.

NCCU will hold its undergraduate commencement ceremony beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 11. For more information on NCCU’s 133rd Commencement exercises, please visit: http://web.nccu.edu/commencement/. 



Published: Friday, May 10, 2019
by Senior Writer and Editor, Renee Elder
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