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Doctorate Degrees


Toncé Jackson
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Toncé Jackson

Doctorate of Education, Educational Leadership

I am Dr. Toncé Jackson, daughter of a Queen and my ancestor’s wildest dream. Special thanks to everyone who joined me on this ride; you know who you are. The next phase of my journey acknowledges that Black Research Matters. Join me as I create a virtual collab space where our research goes to live! Visit and follow BRM at BlackResearchMatters.org.


Master's Degrees


Takeisa Denise Crowder-Mills
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Takeisa Denise Crowder-Mills

Master of Science, Nursing

To my friends and family, especially my mom, that has been my biggest supporter. It means the world to me to have you here. First and foremost, I would like to thank my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I have climbed the ladder, from CNA, LVN, RN, and now FNP. Thank you, Cal State LA faculties, Cohorts, and the Department of Correctional Health Services for your encouragement and support throughout my journey.

Sesley, J. Lewis
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Sesley, J. Lewis

Master of Arts, Education
Option: Educational Foundations

BUT ONLY FOR THE GRACE OF GOD! Thank you to my amazing village for being my motivation and my continued push to get this “thang” done! Hallelujah, thank you Jesus!

Peggy LaMonica Williams
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Peggy LaMonica Williams

Master of Science, Healthcare Management

Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Without him, I am nothing. I would like to thank my family and friends for loving, supporting, and pushing me to get to this point in my life. It was a journey but truly well worth it! I also want to make a special shout out to my son Eric, who is commencing today as well. You did it! I couldn’t be more proud. Skee-Wee~Blue-Phi.


Bachelors Degrees


Patience A. Anyanwu
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Patience A. Anyanwu

Bachelor of Arts, Sociology

May this be a testament to all that with hard work, dedication, and a good support system... ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. Thank you to all of my family and friends that has been a part of this journey. Most importantly, thank you to my dad who is no longer here to witness this moment. This one is for you! WE DID IT!

Darnea Darlise Black
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Darnea Darlise Black

Bachelor of Arts, Sociology

I would first, like to thank god for helping me get this far. Also, a special shout out to all my friends and family for the love and support on my college journey. You all continue to inspire me to be the best version of myself. With that being said it only goes up from here! And so, it is.

DeVonte Brown
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DeVonte Brown

Bachelor of Arts, Business Marketing

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Shannon La'Miracle-Joy-Shaná  Burghardt
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Shannon La'Miracle-Joy-Shaná Burghardt

Bachelor of Arts, Liberal Studies

I want to first thank my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. If it weren't for your grace, I wouldn't be here. Thanks Mom, Walter, Mishanna, Trison, Lyonel and Fam for all of your love and support. It's been a long road, but we’re finally here! Thank you to my friends for the countless memories and lifelong friendships. I will cherish you all forever. Hey, look Dad your space head made it, this is for you!

Ayzia Clowney
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Ayzia Clowney

Bachelor of Arts, Communication
Minor: Pan-African Studies
Co-President, Black Student Union

It’s been a wonderful pleasure being on this campus with the Black students, faculty and staff that I have met. Without these entities I would not have been able to successfully finish here. I am appreciative of my village. Y’all remember me when I’m famous!

Isis Shaunté Davis
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Isis Shaunté Davis

Bachelor of Arts, Pan-African Studies
Bachelor of Arts, Communication
Option: Organizational and Applied Communication

Blessed and created by the best. I would like to thank my family and friends for loving me no less. Those that played roles of mentors and encouraged me, that really meant the world to me. No amount of words can describe the appreciation, no negation. I’m just filled with joy that I finally made it.

Breanis S. James
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Breanis S. James

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology
Minor: Pan-African Studies

The past 4 years haven't been the easiest thing but it was possible through the love and support of my friends, family, DPHIE, and my number one fan, my mother, it was a comforting feeling knowing that I could always count on your support and encouragement. Thank you all for pushing me to be the best I never knew I could even be. Excited for my next journey, this Eagle is ready to Lance Up.

Kamaria Ziare Johnson
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Kamaria Ziare Johnson

Bachelor of Arts, Sociology  
Minor: Psychology

Firstly, I would like to thank my family and friends for helping me through this trying journey. Not only have you had my back, but my front too. I wouldn’t be able to have done it without you and I’m extremely proud to be the first of my family to graduate from college. I want to continue to make you proud, today, tomorrow, and the years to come. I love you.

Tyree Lewis
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Tyree Lewis

Bachelor of Science, Kinesiology

I would like to thank my Mother and my Grandmother for their encouragement throughout my long journey through college. Without them, I would not have accomplished all of my goals.

Dejaney McDonald
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Dejaney McDonald

Bachelor of Arts, Mass Communication

I would like to take this moment to appreciate every person who has helped me along this journey. Thank you to my family for making my transition to college as smooth as possible and for supporting me in every way. Thank you to my friends for filling the last five years with some unforgettable moments. I love you all and I'm excited to start this next chapter of my life.

Angela Moore
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Angela Moore

Bachelor of Science, Exercise Science
Minor: Pan-African Studies
Chapter President, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.
Dance Coordinator, Halisi Steppers

“Don’t sit down and wait for opportunities to come. Get up and make them” - Madam C.J Walker

Destiny Moore
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Destiny Moore

Bachelor of Arts, Theatre
Bachelor of Arts, Pan-African Studies
PR/Communications Officer, Black Student Union
President, Halisi Steppers
Student Assistant, Pan-African Studies

I am grateful for my experience at Cal State LA. I have built last business and personal relationships through the Black entities on-campus that I will take into my future. I hope to utilize my skills to uplift my community and achieve liberation.

Anthony A. Newman
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Anthony A. Newman

Bachelor of Arts, Communication
Option: Advertising and Public Relations
Minor: Marketing

I would like to thank everyone who was in my corner since day one. This process hasn’t been the easiest, but no one ever said life was going to be easy. I have been put in situations to where I had to be a man early on in life. I would like to thank my mother for teaching me what it really is to be a man and helping me to develop as a whole.

Khy-Lan Patricia Patton
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Khy-Lan Patricia Patton

Bachelor of Arts, Political Science
Certificates: Paralegal Studies, Real Estate Studies
Minors: Pan-African Studies, Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies

I would like to thank all the positive black role models in my life. You have inspired me to continue to dismantle the negative stereotypes we as black leaders face. Your support and guidance has been the backbone of my success here at Cal State LA. Because of you I will continue to be a leader to the black youth who are following my footsteps. Black love and leadership is powerful.

Jordin Tyler Springfield
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Jordin Tyler Springfield

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology

I would like to thank my friends and family for supporting me every day. They encouraged me to fight through my challenges, which helped me get this far in my education. Without them, I wouldn’t be here celebrating my achievements and graduating from Cal State LA right now. I would also like to thank my professors and tutors for their assistance throughout my college experience. Everyone here should be proud of everything they accomplished.

Nosiba Ullah-Cowan
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Nosiba Ullah-Cowan

Bachelor of Arts, Sociology

I am honored to be a CSULA graduate. I would like to thank my children Sarah and Aaron for their support. It's been a long journey for me that started 38 years. Since my retirement my children encouraged me to complete my degree. Aaron graduated in 2019 from CSULA, manga cum ladue and Sarah is graduating this year with honors at University of Maryland (Global). I'm so proud of our accomplishments.

Myra 'Dimples' Waters
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Myra 'Dimples' Waters

Bachelor of Arts, Sociology
Minor: Pan-African Studies

I want to give thanks to the Most High for providing me with Strength, Determination, and Dedication I needed to complete this journey of receiving my Undergraduate degree. I give you all the praise and honour. Thanks to my mother for all your support and encouragement throughout my education experience, this was a fantastic experience. A huge thanks to all my professors and mentors, I appreciate you all.

Eric Linear Williams
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Eric Linear Williams

Bachelor of Arts, Television & Film Media Studies
Aja Winn
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Aja Winn

Bachelor of Arts, Social Work

I thank God, I thank my ancestors for guiding and directing me thru my college Journey. I thank my Village of family and friends for all their love and support. Through hard work and dedication, I look forward to advocating & problem solving for the needs of human beings with my fellow Urban generalist. Thanks Cal State LA.