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Coppin State University and Community College of Baltimore County Launch Pathways to Success Program

Coppin State University and Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) have launched their Pathways to Success Program, a dual admission program allowing students to enroll in both institutions and make the road to obtaining their associate degree and bachelor’s degree a more efficient and seamless process.

Students participating in the Pathways to Success Program will complete their Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree at CCBC before enrolling in courses at Coppin State University. Students will be admitted to Coppin State University with Junior Standing (between 60 and 70 credits). Full-time students are anticipated to earn their bachelor’s degree from Coppin State University within two academic years, provided they complete all necessary degree requirements.

“We are continually looking for ways to expand access to higher education, improve the student experience, and build clear pathways for students entering Coppin to leave with their degree in hand, and career ready for the workforce” said Coppin State University President Anthony L. Jenkins. “Our partnership with CCBC better position students for academic, personal, and professional success, by providing them with ample support from both institutions, and decreasing the time it takes to earn their degree, thus saving money. We believe this relationship will have a profound impact for our institutions, students, and state for years to come.”

The agreement was signed by President Jenkins and CCBC President Sandra Kurtinitis, Ph.D. in a signing ceremony earlier this month.

“We are pleased to partner with Coppin State University to give CCBC students this opportunity to fast track their educational goals,” said CCBC President Sandra Kurtinitis, Ph. D. “Upon graduation from CCBC, participating students will be halfway towards completing their bachelor’s degree. Along the way, they will have access to both colleges’ resources, a unique benefit, to help them succeed.”

Students participating in the Pathways to Success Program at CCBC and Coppin State University will automatically receive a $1,000 scholarship applied to tuition and may be eligible for additional transfer scholarships based on their financial aid eligibility, enrollment status, and GPA.

For information, contact Anne Gamble, CCBC’s Director of Transfer and Degree Acceleration at

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Coppin State University Launches Online Degree Program Focused on Early Childhood Education Human Development 

BALTIMORE — Coppin State University will now offer its Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education Human Development program online. The program, which focuses on educating children during their earliest stages of development, uses theory, content, and strategy to prepare educators for the classroom, and for meaningful interactions with minority students, as well as students learning in urban communities.   

“Offering this program online is another way to eliminate barriers that delay or prevent hardworking individuals from pursuing their education, and improving their circumstances,” said Coppin State University President Anthony L. Jenkins, Ph.D. “This is an opportunity to provide flexibility for working professionals who may not be able to participate in a traditional classroom setting. This will also allow students from all backgrounds to access the quality education available at Coppin State University, no matter where they live or work.”  

The Early Childhood Education Human Development curriculum focuses on cultivating cultural competency and responsiveness in its students by providing students with a strong foundation of cultural, emotional, and social development. This, in turn, allows them to develop enriching learning activities and strengthen school readiness in children up to age five. 

“Developing the Early Childhood Education Human Development Online Program has been a labor of love,” said Juanita Ashby-Bey, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in Coppin State University’s Department of Teaching and Learning. “The program will provide a new level of access for daycare providers and early learning centers, which will enhance learning experiences for the children they serve. This collaboration satisfies a strong need in Maryland to help working daycare providers and center owners to expand their understanding of how young children develop and learn.” 

The program is targeted toward professionals who work with children from infancy to the age of five, in early learning centers and similar environments. The courses are modeled after courses offered in-person at Coppin State University and designed with assistance from the online program management firm, iDesign. The online program is supported by the Empowering Emerging Teachers Grant from the Maryland State Department of Education that supports the development of early learning professionals to address the needs of all student populations. 

“Providing early childcare professionals with the opportunity to earn their bachelor's degree in early childhood education human development online is innovative and exciting,” says Dr. Wyletta Gamble-Lomax, Assistant Professor at Coppin State University. “With an intentional focus on culturally responsive instruction, both teachers and administrators will engage in work that leads to genuine relationship building, equitable learning experiences, and continual community engagement.”  

The program consists of 120 credit hours, including general education courses which are offered online, in synchronous or asynchronous formats, and an internship. For more information about the online Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education Human Development program, log on to  

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Coppin State University Announces Inaugural Ozzie Newsome Scholars

Coppin State University recently announced the cohort of students selected for the Ozzie Newsome Scholars Program inaugural class. The program, funded through the Stephen and Renee Bisciotti Foundation, provides $10,000 annual scholarships to Baltimore City Public School graduates attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in Maryland. The Coppin State University students selected for the Ozzie Newsome Scholars Program are:

  • Adeseyi Adekanbi
  • Tamya Bellamy
  • Trevon Dorsey
  • Felicite Ogu
  • Melaina Phillips

“The Ravens Organization has influenced the lives of many Baltimoreans, not only through football, but through philanthropy,” said President Anthony L. Jenkins, Ph.D. “I admire their willingness to provide financial support that can bring students another step closer to earning their degree and improving circumstances for themselves, their families, and communities. Coppin State University is proud of our connection to the Stephen and Renee Bisciotti Foundation, and we are proud of our Coppin scholars who are now part of Ozzie Newsome’s incredible legacy.”

Overall, the Stephen and Renee Bisciotti Foundation has committed $4 million in scholarships through the course of the program. The four HBCUs in Maryland, including Coppin State University, will select an additional five scholars for the program each year, for a total of 80 scholars over the next four years. The Bisciotti Foundation will also support Ozzie Newsome Scholars’ participation in the College Completion Program through the CollegeBound Foundation. Through CollegeBound, the scholars will be guided by a college completion advisor, work with a peer mentor (an upperclassman on campus) and join other Baltimore City Public Schools graduates in a "transition to college workshop." The scholars will also participate in three annual skills-building seminars.

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Coppin State University Students, Recent Graduates Join Police Executive Research Forum Summer Internship Program

BALTIMORE  Five Coppin State University students and recent graduates are joining the Baltimore Police Department as interns, as part of a paid internship pilot program for students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Coppin State University President Anthony L. Jenkins, Ph.D. joined Executive Director Chuck Wexler of the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), Commissioner Michael Harrison of the Baltimore Police Department (BPD), and President David Wilson of Morgan State University, for the HBCU Summer Internship Program announcement June 21.

Through the innovative partnership, eight students or recent graduates of the two universities will spend the summer working in the Baltimore Police Department, learning about police operations, and offering insights on how policing in diverse communities such as Baltimore can be improved. 

“PERF is proud to fund this pilot program and eager to learn from the students,” Mr. Wexler said. “We hope this pilot will provide insight into building a national program. Communities are faced with unprecedented challenges in building trust with the police and attracting the best and brightest to serve. The profession’s complexities call for building bridges to the next generation of police officers, and HBCU graduates are critical to advancing the policing profession in a manner that reflects diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.” 

PERF is funding the pilot program through a generous donation from MacKenzie Scott. PERF will award each intern a $10,000 stipend for the 10-week (40 hours per week) internship, which will introduce the interns to a variety of policing-related experiences inside and outside the BPD. PERF will also closely monitor and evaluate the program for possible expansion to other jurisdictions in the United States where Historically Black Colleges and Universities are located. 

“Coppin State University centers our purpose and our partnerships around the needs of our students and our community. This internship is an opportunity for students to earn, while they learn more about the law enforcement profession,” said President Jenkins. “This is also a chance for them to envision how they can serve their communities in a meaningful way. My hope is this internship will enrich the lives of our students, help inform their choices, and support them as they consider careers in law enforcement after graduation.” 

The interns will be assigned to one of the following areas in the BPD: Operations Bureau, Special Investigations Section, Media Relations Section, Information Technology Division, Equity Office, Education and Training, Legal and Government Affairs, Consent Decree Implementation Unit, or Forensic Sciences Section. The interns will also participate in ride-alongs with police officers, shadow a commander for a day, travel to PERF’s offices in Washington, D.C., visit the training academy at the Anne Arundel County Police Department, meet and ask questions of police chiefs throughout Maryland, tour the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, and visit numerous community-based organizations and criminal justice partners serving Baltimore City. 

“Mentorships and on-the-job training often open doors that can lead to potential careers for the future leaders and members of our workforce,” said Commissioner Harrison. “I am looking forward to working with these interns to help pave a path to their success – and, potentially, bring new, energetic, thoughtful members to the Department.” 

The program will conclude with each intern completing a capstone project, including a written report and oral presentation on a specific function in their area of assignment. The projects are expected to reflect research, data analysis, and national best practices in support of recommendations for organizational improvement.  

The Coppin State University Interns are:

Albert D. Johnson, Jr. (’22) | B.S., Criminal Justice | Police Officer Applicant, BPD

Kayla T. Key (’22) | B.S., Criminal Justice  

De’Shawndra J. McDonald (’22) | B.S., Criminal Justice

Wesley Rice (’22) | B.S., Criminal Justice

Jasmine S. Slide (’21) | B.S., Criminal Justice | Candidate, M.S., Crime Scene Investigation at Stevenson University

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Coppin State University Announces Three Executive Appointments for Academic Affairs Posts

BALTIMORE Coppin State University President Anthony L. Jenkins, Ph.D. today, announced the appointments of Pamela Richardson Wilks, Ph.D., as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs; Stephan T. Moore, Ed.D., as Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs; and James G. Stewart, Ph.D., as Associate Vice President for Student Development and Achievement.

The three executive appointees will work closely together to address priorities related to student enrollment and retention, as well as enhancing the student experience at Coppin State University. They will also provide strategic resources and support for academic success to all student populations, including international students, adult learners, and military veterans.

“I am pleased to announce we are adding three dynamic leaders to our team who will help foster our success and commitment to transforming the student experience here at Coppin State University. As we re-imagine Coppin’s future, their combined, diverse expertise in higher education, will play a profound role in helping us achieve our five new strategic goals,” said President Jenkins. “Moreover, I am confident they will be instrumental, individually, and collectively, in helping redefine and strengthen our campus culture. I look forward to welcoming them to Eagle Nation and reaching new levels of success, together.”

Coppin State University is focused on improving the student experience, improving student completion rates, and investing in holistic student development. The newest additions to the Academic Affairs team will collaborate to launch the Eagle Achievement Center, which will serve as a new central hub for academic advising, mentorship, and career development. The Eagle Achievement Center will provide support and guidance to help students achieve their academic, personal, and professional goals, including academic coaching, math and writing labs, career exploration, and other essential student support services. The Eagle Achievement Center is a new dimension to the university which will help enhance the student experience, bolster enrollment, increase student retention, and connect students with opportunities after graduation.

Pamela Richardson Wilks, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Pamela R. Wilks



Dr. Pamela Richardson Wilks is an accomplished educator, scholar, and administrator who has cultivated a successful 20-plus year career in higher education. Dr. Wilks joins Coppin State University from Edward Waters University, where she served in several roles, including as Chief of Staff and Special Assistant to the President & CEO for Strategic Initiatives, and Interim Vice President of Institutional Planning, Research, and Effectiveness (IPRE). Most recently, she was appointed Associate Provost for Academic Operations, Programs, and IPRE.  Additionally, she has served in the roles of Associate Vice President, Associate Provost, and Vice President for Academic Affairs, at several Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Dr. Wilks also achieved faculty rank in the areas of English, Humanities, and African American Studies.

As Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Wilks will bring administrative leadership, direction, and evaluation for all academic activities and affairs of the University. Dr. Wilks is interested in strengthening the faculty research infrastructure; recruitment and retention through academic programming; areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion; as well as maintaining a spirit of collegiality and collaboration across units at the institution. Further, she seeks to inspire transformational undergraduate and graduate academic engagement and integrity, as well as provide thought-leadership and stewardship of the University. 

“I am excited to be appointed Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Coppin State University where they believe in Nurturing Potential...Transforming Lives. As a core educational philosophy throughout my career, I have diligently worked to nurture the potential of not only students, but also faculty and staff, as building individuals builds better institutions,” said Dr. Wilks. “Moreover, it is a privilege to have the opportunity to collaborate and innovate with such a future forward president as Dr. Jenkins, as well as this dynamic administration, faculty, staff, and students.”

Dr. Wilks holds both Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in English from North Carolina A&T State University, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of several honor societies, such as Phi Kappa Phi, Alpha Lambda Delta, Golden Key, and Sigma Tau Delta. She is also an active member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated.

Dr. Wilks is married to Dr. Christopher Wilks, Sr., and is mother to Anthony, Christopher II, and Joshua.

Dr. Wilks’ appointment is effective July 18.

Stephan T. Moore, Ed.D., Vice President, Enrollment Management and Student Affairs

Stephan T. Moore



As Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, Dr. Stephan T. Moore will focus on recruitment, campus life, and the needs of students. He joins Coppin State University with 18 years of leadership experience in higher education, with a foundation based in liberal arts, vocational and professional training programs.  

Dr. Moore has experienced positive results in student affairs and engagement, enrollment management, and diversity, equity, and inclusion for higher education institutions with student enrollment ranging from 2,500 to 20,000 students. His passion for driving student engagement has also afforded him success with strategic enrollment and campus collaboration initiatives.

Dr. Moore has an extensive background in higher education research and strategic planning, with an emphasis on student affairs having previously served as interim chief diversity and inclusion officer, at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford; Vice Chancellor of Student Engagement at Louisiana State University, Alexandria; and the Dean of Students and Interim Vice Provost for Access and Enrollment Service at the University of the Virgin Islands. He also has professional experience in residential life, student conduct, and student life. He has taught at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and the University of the Virgin Islands.

“We have a duty to recruit students and connect them to campus resources to ensure their success. Engaged and connected students positively correlate to student success, retention, and graduation,” shared Moore. “It is an honor to serve the students, faculty, and staff at Coppin State University, and I am privileged to engage in work that directly impacts the student experience. I hope to build on the good work being done in Enrollment Management and Student Affairs.”

In addition to service to the campus community, Dr. Moore has been actively involved with community engagement with the American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, and as a volunteer for 4-H.

Dr. Moore received his doctorate in education from Georgia Southern University, a Master of Arts in education from Argosy University, and a Bachelor of Science in family studies from Campbell University. 

Dr. Moore’s appointment is effective July 18.

James G. Stewart, Ph.D., Associate Vice President, Student Development and Achievement

James G. Stewart

As Associate Vice President for Student Development and Achievement, Dr. James G. Stewart will focus on strengthening retention efforts for Coppin State University and the strategic direction of the Eagle Achievement Center. Dr. Stewart is a 17-year higher education professional with expertise in student success. Dr. Stewart currently serves as director of academic continuity and engagement (ACE) at DePaul University in Chicago, a new department he created, which leverages data-informed interventions and outcomes to improve student retention and student outcomes.

Dr. Stewart previously oversaw the Office of Veteran Affairs, as DePaul has the largest student veteran population in Chicago. Dr. Stewart also served as director of adult, veteran, and commuter student affairs at DePaul. He also previously held positions at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Knox College, in Galesburg, IL.

“During the interview process, it was apparent to me that the entire campus community is very invested in its students, their goals, and their success,” said Dr. Stewart. “I am most excited to join Coppin State University to contribute my experiences and knowledge in student success to further, even more, the transformational impact of this university.”

Dr. Stewart is an active member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and currently serves as professional development coordinator for the Region IV-East board. He previously served as conference chair for the regional conference in 2019. He is a published scholar with a recent chapter in Emerging International Issues in Student Affairs Research and Practice on delayed adulthood.

Dr. Stewart has a Ph.D. in curriculum studies from DePaul University, a Master of Education from the University of Arkansas, and a Bachelor of Science in economics from Lyon College.

Dr. Stewart’s appointment is effective July 11.

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Two Coppin State University Students Named 2022 White House HBCU Scholars

BALTIMORE – Two Coppin State University students are among the 2022 cohort of HBCU Scholars selected by the White House Initiative on Educational Equity, Excellence and Economic Development through Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Jamie Reed (’23) and Stephanie Leggette (’23) are among the 86 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students representing 56 HBCUs across the country, recognized for their excellence in academic achievement, civic and campus engagement, as well as their willingness to pursue new opportunities. The current cohort was selected from a competitive pool of over 350 students.

Jamie Reed (’23) | Brandywine, MD

Jamie Reed ('23) with Coppin State University President Anthony L. Jenkins, Ph.D.

Jamie Reed is an elementary education major from Prince George’s County, MD. Jamie was inspired to become a teacher by her mother, who is also an educator. Jamie is very involved on campus at Coppin State University, with several roles on campus.     

Jamie is grateful to be selected for the HBCU Scholars initiative and the opportunities to networking and learning from others in her cohort.

“There are so many HBCU students from so many places that have different experiences that I can learn from and that they can learn from me,” said Jamie. “I’m hoping that, in networking with these people, I can get a better understanding of what I need to do as a teacher to help my students.”

Jamie is also looking forward to taking what she learns from this new experience, including working with NASA, and translating that into meaningful lessons and experiences for her students, and positively impacting their lives.  

“The students really are the future. What happens in every school, is pivotal to how the nation ends up,” Jamie shared. If I’m able to touch these students and help them learn and be prepared for life, I feel the world will be better off.”

Stephanie Leggette (’23) | Baltimore, MD

Stephanie Leggette
Stephanie Leggette ('23) with Coppin State University President Anthony L. Jenkins, Ph.D.

Stephanie Leggette is an early childhood education major from Baltimore City. Stephanie was encouraged to apply for the HBCU Scholars initiative by her mentor and professor, Dr. Wanda McCoy, who believed that Stephanie would do well, and had much to offer the program.

Stephanie credits the support of her husband, encouragement of her family, and confidence she found as a student at Coppin State University for her ability to balance pursuing her education full-time, family responsibilities, and homeschooling her two children, ages 11 and 15.

“I was overjoyed. It’s a humbling circumstance because I don’t always feel like I deserve this,” Stephanie shared. “Coppin has given me an excellent opportunity to be able to voice my opinion and show the world that as small as Coppin is, we are very mighty.”

Stephanie is excited for the opportunity to represent Coppin State University and to work with other top students from HBCUs around the country. Stephanie says she is also excited think creatively about what she can bring to the HBCU Scholar experience, and how she can incorporate what she learns into her work in the classroom. After graduation, Stephanie looks forward to teaching young children, and pursuing a master’s degree. Stephanie shares that her long-term goal is to open an education center.

“I gravitate more to the younger age groups because that’s the area where we need to focus on a lot because if they don’t have that foundational knowledge, they’re not going to be able to build upon it,” said Stephanie. “If someone is not dedicated enough to take that and be able to give them that foundation, that strong foundation, those students won’t be able to go anywhere.”

Reed and Leggette will represent Coppin State University, and the HBCU Scholar initiative while networking with other scholars from across the country to showcase the talent fostered by HBCUs, as well as the positive impact of these institutions.

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Coppin State University Students to Participate in the NASA Student Airborne Science Activation Program

BALTIMORE – Three Coppin State University students are among 25 students taking part in the inaugural cohort of the NASA Student Airborne Science Activation (SaSa) program. The eight-week paid internship provides students with hands-on experience with research, data collection, analysis, and experimentation and exposure to geo, oceanic, and atmospheric sciences.

The Coppin State University students chosen for the 2022 program are:

  • Tochi Iwuji (‘24), a sophomore biology major from Brandywine, MD;
  • Annalyse Belton (‘24), a sophomore biology major from Middle River, MD; and
  • Muyang Chunga (‘24), a sophomore biology major from Germantown, MD.

On June 10, the students will visit the campus of Coppin State University to attend lectures on emerging environmental contaminants and sustainable biomaterials. They will also tour the university’s state-of-the-art Science and Technology Center, using the research facilities to examine air filters to understand what is in the air and analyze heavy metals in the water system. 

“This partnership with NASA and our collaborating institutions is a significant opportunity to nurture the next generation of scientists in science, technology, engineering, and math, while improving representation in those fields,” said Coppin State University President Anthony L. Jenkins, Ph.D. “These talented students will have the skills needed to lead innovation for agencies like NASA. Their experiences will further open doors and allow them to explore interests and careers in STEM, before graduation.”  

Students will be mentored by experienced faculty from six partner institutions, as well as researchers and scientists from NASA. During their internship, students will have an opportunity to fly aboard NASA’s P-3 research aircraft to collect atmospheric data. They will also participate in additional workshops, networking, and professional development during visits to each partner institution: Coppin State University, Hampton University, Howard University, Morgan State University, University of Maryland Baltimore County, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, as well as NASA centers. The research and activities planned throughout the summer are designed to enhance their learning experiences and training as scientists. 

“Our goal in all this is to really entice students into the STEM disciplines and, eventually, interest them in joining federal agencies like NASA and NOAA, where the workforce needs minority scientists,” said Dr. Mintesinot Jiru, Chair of the Department of Natural Sciences and Principal Investigator of the NASA-SASA program, at Coppin State University. “Through this partnership, we are able to build research capacity amongst partner institutions, enhance our undergraduate research experiences, and give our students new and diverse skill sets they can take with them into their fields.” 

Students taking part in the program were selected out of nearly 160 students from across the country. They should have maintained at least a 3.0 GPA and have an interest in pursuing STEM degrees and careers.

Internship participants will receive a competitive stipend, housing, travel, and opportunities to present their research at national conferences. The program will end July 29.

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Coppin State University to Host Fired Up! Glass Exhibit

BALTIMORE  Coppin State University, in collaboration with The American Ceramic Society’s Glass & Optical Materials Division (GOMD), is hosting the FIRED UP! Exhibition, through June 18, 2022. The exhibition, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Cary Beth Cryor Gallery, located in the James Weldon Johnson Auditorium, on the University campus.

FIRED UP! was organized in celebration of the United Nations declaring 2022 the International Year of Glass (IYOG) and the 60th Anniversary of the American Studio Glass Movement. FIRED UP! celebrates the importance of glass, its role in our society, and how it can be used to build our future.  The exhibit also highlights the diversity and innovation of artists working in contemporary glass, around the mid-Atlantic region.

The FIRED UP! exhibit is one of the events organized around the 2022 Glass & Optical Materials Division (GOMD) Conference, which will be held in Baltimore, May 22-26.

"This exhibit is an opportunity for people who live and work in Baltimore to engage with art in an accessible way, which is important in the absence of events like Artscape in 2022,” said Coppin State University President Anthony L. Jenkins, Ph.D. “This is also an opportunity to show visitors that there is more to Baltimore than Downtown, or neighborhoods like Fells Point, and Harbor East. Art and beauty thrive and are celebrated in every corner of this city, and we are excited our university will serve as a home for this exhibition.”

The Cary Beth Cryor Gallery will be open Thursday through Saturday, from noon until 6:00 p.m., through June 18.

The artists featured in the FIRED UP! exhibit are: Chul Hyun Ahn; Anthony Corradetti; Oletha DeVane; John Henderson; Michael Janis; Tim McFadden; Soledad Salamé; Dr. Joyce J. Scott; Tim Tate; and Erwin Timmers.

The exhibit curators are: Howard L. Cohen (Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass); Amy Eva Raehse (Goya Contemporary Gallery); and Linda Day Clark (Coppin State University).

For information regarding the GOMD conference, please, contact: Andrea Ross at 614-794-5820 or

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Coppin State University Celebrates Graduates During 2022 Commencement Ceremony

BALTIMORE – Coppin State University welcomed more than 300 graduates, and more than 2,000 guests in-person for the first time since 2019 on Friday, May 20. The ceremony took place on the soccer field of the University’s Physical Education Complex. President Anthony L. Jenkins, and Grand Marshal, Ronald C. Williams, Ph.D. led the procession of graduates from the Parlett L. Moore Library to the Physical Education Complex soccer field.


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For the first time, their route included walking past the statue of Fanny Jackson Coppin, an educator, advocate, and leader who was born into slavery, and built her career and a legacy educating African Americans.

“Commencement was a chance for our graduates to reflect on their accomplishments. This celebration was also confirmation their hard work, tears, sleepless nights, and sacrifices were well worth it,” said President Jenkins. “It was my honor to shake their hands as they received their diplomas and congratulate them on a job well done. I have no doubt the Class of 2022 will do great things as alumni of this great institution and continue to make us Coppin Proud.”

Baltimore Police Department Deputy Commissioner Sheree Briscoe, a Coppin State University alumna, (‘20) delivered the commencement address, sharing her journey as a young mother, and challenges she faced on her road to becoming the first African American woman promoted to the rank of deputy commissioner.  She reminded the crowd gathered for Commencement, that there are no limits to what they can achieve if they focus and refuse to give up on themselves.


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“The hardest part in any journey is turning your dream into reality; your presence here today signifies your commitment to fulfilling your dreams. Align your thoughts, conversation, actions to achieve your goals,” Deputy Commissioner Briscoe advised the graduates. “You are enough for the challenge or opportunity so use your disappointments, setbacks, and distractions as fuel for your journey. You are the dream realized, you are the prayer answered, you are the unexpected solution. You are the answer.”

President Jenkins was joined by University System of Maryland Regent Mike Gill and Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison, as he presented Deputy Commissioner Briscoe with the CSU Distinguished Eagle Trailblazer Award for her contributions achievements in the Baltimore Police Department and the greater Baltimore community.

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Coppin State University alumni celebrating reunions returned to campus to celebrate with the Class of 2022, including members of the Class of 1972, who donned golden robes in honor of their 50th reunion.