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Dillard University Class of 2020

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President Walter Kimbrough stands on the Oaks among signs that represent Dillard's Class of 2020. Photo: Sabree Hill/Dillard University.

For Immediate Release
May 11, 2020

NEW ORLEANS - Dillard University conferred degrees to 220 students during the Virtual Degree Conferral Program on Saturday, May 9th.

The valedictorian was Bria Jones. Jones, a New Roads, Louisiana native and political science major, earned a 4.0-grade point average during her undergraduate career.

The salutatorian was Dazjah Samuels. Samuels, a Chicago native and biology major- chemistry minor, earned a 3.9 grade point average during her undergraduate career.

The virtual degree conferral program’s live stream featured New Orleans natives, Grammy Awards winning musician P.J. Morton and Daytime Emmy Award winner Rocsi Diaz, pre-recorded congratulatory messages to the graduating class.

A list of graduates follows:
Because circumstances require the list of graduates to be furnished in final form prior to Commencement, it is possible some candidates who completed course requirements are not listed, and some candidates who did not complete are listed. Therefore, the appearance of a name in this list is presumptive evidence of graduation, but must not be regarded as conclusive. The degree of the University, signed and sealed by its proper officers, remains the official artifact demonstrating conferral of the degree.


Bachelor of Science, cum laude: Jade Roy, Bianca Wallace and Angel Wesley.
Bachelor of Science: Tayler Celestine, Asjah Robinson and Mike Scott.

Business Administration
Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude: Nia Randolph.
Bachelor of Science, cum laude: Guyana Jarreau.
Bachelor of Science: Alexis Barnett, Sidney Benson, Jean Marck Charles, Isiah Coleman, Taeler Dillon, Jasmine Elliott, Dominique Johnson, Derick Labostrie, Kyandra Murphy, Ruth Pierre, Aaron Rouzan, Taylor Stephenson, Jazmine Thibodeaux, Brianna Thomas and Sierra Trim.

Financial Economics
Bachelor of Science: George Aidoo, Kandace Jones-Webb, Quincy Laurent and Austin Thomas.


Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude: Dazjah Samuels.
Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude: Marley Lee, Seantrell Lemar and Kia Smith.
Bachelor of Science, cum laude: Alana Andrew-Fortune, Breanna Bailey, Deliliah Davis, Bailie Jackson, Cierra Swington and Ravin Walker.
Bachelor of Science: Georniesha Baham, Destiny Brown, Ebony Brown, Trashayla Bryant, Iriyonn Buggage, Precious Butler, Makeedah Salaam Collins, Ashley Cotton, Roniqua Davis, Tiler Gay, Jordan Johnson, MaKayla Johnson, Macharia Kirk, Milynn Lawless, Darrielle Lumar, Shamaya Martin, Racheal Mulondo, Gabriel Orange, Allegra Slaughter, Naya Slaughter, CarlJanel Smith, Kyonna Taylor, Jdah Thibeaux and Ananda Whisett.

Bachelor of Science, cum laude: Alexcia Pugh.
Bachelor of Science: Nicole Bougere, Corneisja Harrison, Naterica Jones and Alexis Pigg.

Computer Science
Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude: Daizha Norris.
Bachelor of Science, cum laude: Glenae Guidry.
Bachelor of Science: Amara Edwards Coulibaly, Elliott Hudson, Aria Lowery, Jalen Moore, Kennedy Stewart, Richard Triplett, TreShayne Tuircuit and Whitney Washington.

Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Arts, cum laude: LaDrienna Howze, Tyson Moss, Shaniece Sargent and Jasmine Smothers.
Bachelor of Arts: Brittany Allen, Jermela Booker, Derriah Brown, Rachelle Carter, Devin Coleman, Ashlyn Green, Jordan Hamilton, Ashley Keeler, LaShantanise Miller, Linda Mumphrey, Dawn Penn, Shawndrea Pierre, Nadia Sam, Parris Shaw, Maxine Smith-Robinson, Jaylen Stamps, Allison Thomas, LiljoseMarie Tompkins and Armani Watts.

Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude: Leah Erby and Erienne Lewis.
Bachelor of Arts, cum laude: Tyrion Richards and Naomi Thomas.
Bachelor of Arts: Andrew Dickerson, Lehana Lewis and Telisa Sanders.

Bachelor of Arts, cum laude: Jakari Lister.
Bachelor of Arts: Nijah Narcisse and Victoria Youngblood.

Mass Communication
Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude: India Walton.
Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude: John Lawson,
Bachelor of Arts, cum laude: Rodricka Taylor.
Bachelor of Arts: Sherick Boone, Joshua Foster, Nyaira Harris, Keseree Hopkins, Toenisha Hudson, Lauren Maupin, Taj Odem, Nicholas Ross and Brandy Stewart.

Mathematics and Actuarial Science
Bachelor of Science: Mikahla Anderson, Rachel Blackstone and Kerrioyn Gilmore.

Bachelor of Arts: Jeanique Billingsley, Sondriahn Smallwood and Porsche Smith.

Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude: Todd Welch.
Bachelor of Science, cum laude: Billie Addison and Jamaya Wilson.
Bachelor of Science: Ezell Bridges, Bria Burras, Kentrez Morris, Kevin Thompson and Dante Webb.

Political Science
Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude: Bria Jones.
Bachelor of Arts, cum laude: KeRyne Smith.
Bachelor of Arts: Stephanie Coates, Anthony Harrell, Mary Jenkins and Jordan Johnson.

Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude: Kayla Hicks and Haydia Smith.
Bachelor of Arts, cum laude: Akia Armstrong and Brandi Billingsley.
Bachelor of Arts: Tavis Baptiste, Azia Bostic, Dominique Cole, MaKayla Collins-Weaver, Jasmyne Cooks, Markia Ferrell, Cierra Haynesworth, Joseph Hogan, Deja Holland, Charlonda Holmes, Revis Jackson, Haneesha James, Cristela Jimenez, Courtney Landry, Terrianna McGraw, Jared Williams and Aaliyah Wood.

Public Health
Bachelor of Science, cum laude: Tristan Cojoe.
Bachelor of Science: Brea Allen, Teon Allen, Bruce Batiste, Jessica Beard, Itseme Braimoh, Amira Brooks, Stephany Burton, Truman Campbell, Chantel Carriere, Curtrell Charles, Elizabeth Davis, Terriona Fletcher, Dashaun Frazier, Carniece Greer, Shatoia Jackson, Dominique Jones, Tomisha Joseph, Kasi Kilo, Trzur Lee, TyQuieria Lodge, Aaliyah Marrero, Daija Mayfield, Jaliah Pabon, Devontre Parker, Thadzhane Richardson, Darrien Shepherd, Deja Smith, Ga’lisa Steward, Raenique Sylve, Rayna Thomas, Destiny Walker, Jesse Ward and Kyndel Watson.

Social Work
Bachelor of Arts, cum laude: Krystian Broussard.
Bachelor of Arts: Chrishel Crawford, Alvian Delandro, Curtez Joseph and Raheem Nguyen.

Theatre Arts
Bachelor of Arts, cum laude: Courtney Edwards.
Bachelor of Arts: Elizabeth D’Orville.

Urban Studies and Public Policy
Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude: Essence Thomas.
Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude: Connor Dailey.
Bachelor of Science, cum laude: Sydney Pelichet.
Bachelor of Science: Tyler Racklin and Kandall Smith.

Visual Arts
Bachelor of Arts, cum laude: Cammy White.
Bachelor of Arts: Myron Solomon.


Bachelor of Science in Nursing, cum laude: Cheryl McGinnis and Joey William-Thompson.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: Rashaan Bass, Gernice Brown, Kimberley Greenwood, Brandi Jackson and LaKesha Favis-Spencer.

For more information about the 2020 Virtual Degree Conferral Program, please contact Lauren R.D. Fox ( 



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