Life in Baltimore: Honoring 2018 Graduates

— In the midst of spring showers and beautiful flowers with the scents of fragrant peonies, roses, sweet peas and hyacinth just in time for graduation ceremonies. Usually commencements are looked upon as the end of years of academic study but commencement is also the beginning of new experiences and the former students embark of new goals in life's journey.

Many young people today are confronted by insurmountable challenges and obstacles; it is uplifting to see students with the ability, drive and determination to achieve academic success and develop a sense of purpose for their future.

A common thread among these highly motivated young people is the fact that each acknowledged the guidance and support they received from their parents who prepared them to tackle the next part of their life with a clear vision.


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Ciana Robinson graduated from Spelman College with a Bachelor of Science in mathematics.

Ciana Robinson graduated from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia with a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and economics. She has always been interested in mathematics and was in several honor societies. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She has accepted a full-time offer with Deloitte Consulting as a Business Technology Analyst and plans to pursue a MBA in the future. She is the daughter of Cecil and Donna Robinson.

"Art is the way we reference the visual aspects of our past and present, making representation and visibility a vital aspect," said Cierra Britton, a graduate of the Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts at The New School in New York City. She majored in Visual Studies/Art History and plans to earn a master's degree in arts administration/museum studies. Britton is currently employed at "The Wing," a network of co-working and community spaces designed for women. She is the daughter of Gerald and Judith Britton.

Payton Wayne Beachum graduated from Stevenson University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology with a minor in chemistry. Originally he chose Stevenson for the football program but after a year, decided to focus on obtaining a degree. He was a member of the Tri Beta Honor Society, the International Student Association and the American Medical Student Association. Currently employed by the Kennedy Krieger Institute where he also worked during the school year. He plans to continue his studies in the health field—possibly in a graduate program to earn a physician assistant certification. His long-term goals are to obtain a master's in health science or a medical program leading to a doctorate in family medicine.


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Payton Wayne Beachum graduated from Stevenson University with a Bachelor of Science in biology.

"Either way, I desire to work in primary care in my community," Wayne said. “I believe what we do in life, defines who we are. This is what I do." Payton is thankful for the love of his parents Payton Beachum, Yvonne Beachum and Shalonda Loua and a special thanks to Dr. Davis-Dash for her guidance.


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Candace Willard received a Master's Degree in Professional Studies and Technology Management from Georgetown University

Candace Willard received a master's in Professional Studies from Georgetown University with a concentration in Technology Management. She has 10 years of audio-visual and technical experience of which seven of those years was in management.

"I saw an opportunity to expand my technical knowledge and develop skills as a project manager," said Willard, who completed her undergraduate studies at Frostburg State University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communication with a minor in Leadership Studies.

Willard works in the technology department at Georgetown University. Her ultimate goal is to work as a Technical Project Manager. She has a passion for tackling challenges, building client relationships and mitigating technical risks. She is thankful to her parents Russell and Patrice Willard for their support and strong leadership, being a moral compass and financial stability throughout her life.

Congratulations graduates and continued success as you move forward!