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Top Ten Graduate: Cendal Atkins, C'2020

May 2020

Spelman Class of 2020 Cendal AtkinsSumma Cum Laude
Major: Mathematics
Hometown: Dallas, Texas

What’s Next?
Atkins will start medical school at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts in the fall. 

A Message for the Class of 2020
“I am so honored to be a part of this class of brilliant women. You all have pushed me and inspired me to become the best version of myself and I am so grateful. One day, we will have our moment together. Until then, I’m so excited to see how you all go change the world. I wish all of you nothing but the best!

While at Spelman, Atkins studied mathematics on a pre-medical track. The Dallas, Texas native believes in representation in health care and served as secretary and vice president of the Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students, Greater Atlanta Chapter. On campus, the WEL Scholar supported her fellow classmates as a peer tutor. 

In 2018, Atkins spent four-weeks studying abroad in Portugal, where she shadowed healthcare professionals while learning about international healthcare systems.  Her overall goal is to serve in marginalized communities where she will work to eradicate disproportionate access to quality healthcare and equip her patients with realistic tools to maintain long term health.