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Rites of Passage slated for May 9


Morehead State University’s Office of Student Activities, Inclusion and Leadership Development will sponsor its 28th Semi-Annual Rites of Passage Recognition Ceremony on Friday, May 9, at 7:30 p.m.

The ceremony will take place in the Crager Room of the Adron Doran University Center.

The purpose of the ceremony is to recognize and celebrate the scholastic achievement of minority and international students at MSU. Each student will receive a certificate and a special Kente stole.

The Black Gospel Ensemble, directed by Dr. Roosevelt Escalante, will perform.

Keynote speaker for the spring celebration will be Dr. Cassandra Smith, accounting instructor, at MSU.

A native of Los Angeles, she moved to Kentucky in 2011 to teach at the Frenchburg Job Corps. In July 2012, she accepted the program director position at MSU-Montgomery County Adult Education (MCAE). 

During her tenure at MCAE, she established the Adult Basic Education and Literacy Council to create a legacy and organizational growth. Before moving to Mt. Sterling, Dr. Smith taught accounting at Atlanta Technical College for four years and Georgia Perimeter College three years. 

Dr. Smith worked in private industry for 10 years and owned an accounting business for seven years. 

She earned her Bachelors of Science degree in accounting from California State University Dominquez Hills, Masters of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in accounting from Keller Graduate School at DeVry University, and a doctorate degree of Business Administration from University of Phoenix (2011).

She currently serves on the Mt. Sterling-DuBois Community Center Board and Education Committee. 

Registration deadline is Wednesday, April 30.

Additional information is available by calling Andrea Araujo at 606-783-2071.

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