Voorhees recognizes its top graduates from the Class of 2011

May 5, 2011

Determination, persistence and resilience are the values that the first academic honor graduate of Voorhees College lived and practiced in her efforts to successfully receive a bachelor's degree.   

Yalanda Robinson, a native of York, S.C., not only achieved her goal of graduating from college, but she holds the title of first academic honor for the Class of 2011.

"I am so proud to say that I am a Voorhees graduate," Robinson said. "Voorhees has facilitated so much growth and maturity in my life, and I will forever be grateful for my alma mater."   

Robinson, who majored in social work, plans to enroll at Winthrop University in the fall to pursue a master's degree in social work.

"I would like to be in the position to help young children cope with social and psychological problems that may arise at school, at home or at work," Robinson said.   

While at Voorhees, Robinson was a member of various organizations including the Elizabeth Evelyn Wright Culture Club, Honors College, Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society and the Student Support Services Program. Additionally, she was named Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

Kemar Hunter, who is an international student and native of Portland, Jamaica, has been named the second academic honor graduate for the senior class.

Additionally, Hunter was the 2010-2011 Student Government Association President.

"Serving as the SGA president has given me humility and a higher level of respect for Voorhees," Hunter said.

"Voorhees has equipped me with all the necessary tools I need to be successful, and it has made me a more diverse thinker. I have also been exposed to many new environments and leadership roles."

Hunter plans to pursue a doctorate degree in cancer biology after graduating from Voorhees. Some of the institutions he has applied to for graduate school include Emory University, Vanderbilt University and Purdue University.

Some of the organizations Hunter became a member of while at Voorhees include the White Rose Social Club, Honors College, Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Additionally, Hunter was the co-founder of the Voorhees College Ernest Everett Just Science Club.