AMHERST, N.Y. – Daemen College recognized Class of 2019 graduating students from diverse backgrounds at the college’s third annual ALHANA (African, Latino, Hispanic, Asian, Native American) Graduation Celebration held on May 1.
College faculty and staff came together to honor the Daemen students and their many achievements at the campus celebration. Each student received a graduation stole to be worn at commencement scheduled for May 18.
“The ALHANA Graduation is a special way to acknowledge the value, uniqueness, and achievements of graduating multicultural students, who are an important part of our campus community,” said Alvin Roberts, director of diversity and multicultural affairs. “We are proud to bring our diverse student body together to commemorate their hard work and determination to earn their college degree.”
The ALHANA Graduation Celebration featured a keynote address presented by Alphonso Walker, Jr. ‘14, an actor on stage, television, and film. He received a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in theatre arts from Daemen.
Remarks were also given by Dr. Greg Nayor, vice president for student affairs and strategic initiatives, and Lamark Shaw, director of career services.
Co-sponsors of the event were the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program, Office of Academic Advisement, and the Office of Admissions.