Harris School Celebrates “Shining Stars” at Cherry Hill Graduation

harris school of business graduation cherry hill, shining star awardsSeveral students received additional honors for leadership, GPA, or perseverance

At the spring graduation ceremony for the Cherry Hill Campus on Friday, April 7, the Harris School of Business honored 92 graduates who were completing a professional training program. More than 330 friends, family members, faculty, and staff gathered to honor this momentous occasion. The room at the Holiday Inn in Cherry Hill was filled to capacity that evening, and some of the graduates decorated the tops of their caps in the spirit of the celebration.

The instructors presented 8 “Shining Star” awards to individuals that the management team and graduation committee deemed as leaders in their program of study, either in terms of academic performance or overall presence at the school. They recognized one member of each program (including day as well as night shifts). This year’s recipients included Latonya Freeman, Penny Watts, Nathan Reddick, Tami Thwaites, Silena Scalford, Elba Rosario, Darryl Clemmons, and Richard Santos. Each “Shining Star” received a certificate as well as a trophy from the school.

One of the “Shining Stars,” Legal Office Technology graduate Nathan Reddick, also served as the graduation speaker. Derena Cedeno, Director of Career Services at the Cherry Hill campus, notes that he spoke about what motivated him to stay on course, overcome obstacles, and never give up on his dream. Reddick had come to the Harris School of Business by chance—he came to the building where the campus is located to register with a temp agency, when he noticed the school offices and decided to investigate. “One thing led to another,” Cedeno says, “and Nathan turned out to be a stellar student—and quite an inspiration to others in his program and at the school overall.”

Also honored that evening was Medical Assistant student Cindy Rodriguez, who received a Perseverance Award for overcoming a major obstacle during her time in the program. And six students received the President’s Award for maintaining a grade point average of 4.0: Jennifer Bendorovich, Tania Oliveira, Eliza Rivera, Silena Scalford, Jasmine Glackin, and Richard Santos.

The Cherry Hill Campus also hosted its spring Senior Class Pinning Ceremony on Thursday, April 13. Held every six weeks, this ceremony honors students who have completed the classwork portion of their program and are ready to go on to an externship. Nineteen students were recognized in the ceremony, and we wish them the best of luck with their externship experiences this spring!


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