This annual program, hosted by the African American Alumni Affiliate, in coordination with the Office of the Chancellor, Office of Alumni Engagement, and the UM-Dearborn African and African American Studies Program, recognizes recent UM-Dearborn African American graduates.

In order to protect the health and safety of the community and minimize the spread of COVID-19, the 9th annual Black Celebratory, similar to other University events, has unfortunately been canceled. While we share in the disappointment of not being able to celebrate together, the Office of Alumni Engagement is delighted to recognize your accomplishments with this special webpage (below).

Please contact the Office of Alumni Engagement at umdalumni@umich.edu with any questions. 

Josephine Barimah

Bachelor of Business Administration, Finance
Women in Business

Plans after graduation: I plan to further my education, work in a reputable company and make a beautiful family.

I am most proud of my personal growth through my interactions with different kinds of people.

Myles Barnes

Bachelor of Arts, Instructional Technology
Phi Beta Sigma, Black Student Union

Plans after graduation: I will be working for Kuehne + Nagel.

I am most proud of not giving up.

Bobby Bayles

Bachelor of Business Administration, Small Business Management

Antoinne Bell

Bachelor’s Degree, Communication, Organizational Leadership, Applied Art
Kappa Alpha Psi, Student Veterans Association, Black Student Union, UM-Dearborn NPHC member

Plans after graduation: I plan to work for a major corporation and eventually open my own business.

I am proud that I organized a conference for my fraternity in 2018.

Jagara Bell

Bachelor of General Studies, Communication, Organizational Leadership
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Student Veteran Association

Plans after graduation: I plan to earn my master’s degree in finance.

I am most proud of being a non-traditional student but still being able to have the same opportunities and experiences of a traditional student. I loved the fact that I was able to contribute and give back in a different way by sharing my worldly experiences as a soldier with younger students. Lastly, I liked the fact that I could relate to my professors and they could relate to me; that made a huge difference in my education and self-esteem.

Brianna Blackmon

Bachelor of Arts, Journalism and Screen Studies

Plans after graduation: I will be pursuing a career in film as a director and screenwriter.

Rachel Brown

Bachelor of Arts, Behavioral Sciences
Women in Learning and Leadership (WILL)

Plans after graduation: I plan to work for one or two years then attain my master’s in social work. I plan to also gain additional education so that I can perform focus group research. I plan to go into the research field.

My most memorable moment from UM-Dearborn was going to the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) and listening to a speaker performing spoken word. That was the moment my mind opened to a new understanding of myself and the world.

Michelle Browning

Bachelor of Science, Chemistry

Plans after graduation: I plan on finding a job and working as a chemist while taking a few more courses and applying to nursing school. From there I wish to become a neonatal nurse practitioner.

I’m most proud of being a first-generation student and setting an example for my younger sister as well as my nieces and nephews.

Dominion Burch

Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy

Plans after graduation: I plan to attend law school.

I am most proud of being selected as the Honor Scholar in Philosophy, forming lasting relationships with faculty in the philosophy department and sharing in their wisdom and knowledge.

Montea Butts

Bachelor’s Degree, Psychology

My most memorable moment from UM-Dearborn was making so many new friends.

Faith Coleman

Bachelor of Arts, Journalism

Plans after graduation: I’ve applied to graduate school at the university, where I plan to major in public administration and policy.

I am most proud of working full time, completing three internships and being named the 2019 Summer Intern of the Year.

Jayla Davis

Bachelor of Business Administration, Information Systems Management
Women in Business

Plans after graduation: I plan on finding a job in my field.

My most memorable moment at UM-Dearborn was starting an organization for women in business.

Amber Ellis

Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences
Minority Association of Pre-Med Students (MAPS)

Plans after graduation: I plan to attend medical school.

The most memorable part of my time at UM-Dearborn was the support from professors and staff, meeting and making new friends and learning more skills for my future.

Soviett Loyd

Bachelor’s Degree, Children and Families

Plans after graduation: I plan to continue teaching and prepare for my master’s.

The most memorable part of earning my degree from UM-Dearborn is how helpful all my professors have been throughout my whole journey.

Nikole McDaniel

Bachelor of Science, Public Health
Engaged Scholar, Pre-Physical and Occupational Therapy Club, Public Health Society

Plans after graduation: I will be working full time as a physical therapy technician while taking a gap year to apply to graduate school for physical therapy.

Emmanuel Obi

Bachelor of Science, Software Engineering
Intelligent Systems Club

Plans after graduation: I plan on becoming a full time software engineer.

I am most proud of winning second place in the ION Autonomous Snowplow Competition 2017 with Intelligent Systems Club.

Olivier Mboumen Salang

Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

Plans after graduation: I plan to complete my master’s.

I am proud to be a UM-Dearborn graduate.

Titania Searcy

Bachelor of Arts, Behavioral Sciences
Behavioral Science Student Association, SOAR Student Program

Plans after graduation: I plan on taking a year off before attending graduate school for my master’s in psychology.

I am most proud that my hard work and dedication paid off. I was able to obtain my degree after putting in long hours.

Jasmine Sizemore

Bachelor of Arts, English
Michigan Journal, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Plans after graduation: I plan on pursuing a career in copy editing.

I am most proud of being a part of the Michigan Journal as Student Life Editor.

Chelsea Smith

Bachelor of Science, Software Engineering
National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

Plans after graduation: I will be working at a software company, as a software product specialist.

Veronica Steele

Master of Arts, Early Childhood Education

Plans after graduation: I plan to continue doing what I love for as long as I can, which is to be an early childhood teacher. 

I am most proud that I did not give up and that I completed my master’s degree at age 47, as I began this journey in 2003.

Gabrielle Tate

Master of Science in Engineering, Electrical Engineering

Cynthia Williams

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology

Plans after graduation: I plan to apply for a master’s program.

Monique Williams

Master of Science, Health Information Technology

Plans after graduation: I plan to continue a career path at a Michigan-based hospital where I would like to become a consultant.

I’m proud that my husband and I both were able to pursue our master’s degrees at the same time while working full time, managing our children’s schedules and volunteering in the community.

Cieara Wilson

Bachelor of Arts, English

Plans after graduation: I plan to be an entrepreneur.

Kwadwo Boakye-Yiadom

Master of Science, Cybersecurity and Information Assurance

Plans after graduation: I plan to work for the next couple of years and return for a Ph.D.

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