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Spelman College Top 10 Graduates

Spelman College Class 2024

The Spelman College class of 2024 includes 505 degree candidates received 325 Bachelor of Arts and 180 Bachelor of Science degrees at the Georgia International Convention Center on Sunday, May 19, 2024. Amidst the academic excellence that defines this class, ten individuals emerge as the brightest stars, embodying the institution's commitment to intellectual rigor, social responsibility and transformative leadership.

From unraveling the mysteries of mathematics to delving into the annals of history, from dissecting the complexities of the human mind to exploring the frontiers of science, these scholars exemplify intellectual prowess and dedication to scholarship.

Mika Keziah Campbell and Nadia Scott stand shoulder to shoulder as co-valedictorians, their mastery of mathematics and history illuminating paths of inquiry and understanding. Nailah Johnson, in her role as salutatorian, brings a profound understanding of psychology, Joining them are Alyssa Rodriguez, Zoli Smith, Beulah Andoh, Kinka Kimfon, Erin Grier, Rabiah Hubert, and Raegan Ewing, each contributing their unique talents and passions to Spelman's legacy of academic excellence.

As these top ten graduates prepare to embark on their next chapters, they leave an indelible mark on the Spelman community and beyond, inspiring future generations to reach ever higher.

Class of 2023 Valedictorian: Amaia Calhoun

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Amaia CalhounAmaia Calhoun is a senior economics major with a double minor in Spanish and Management & Organization. On May 21, 2023, she will graduate Summa Cum Laude as one of Spelman College's four valedictorians.

Calhoun has been on the Dean’s List at Spelman for four years and is a member of the Ethel Waddell Githii Honors Program, Omicron Delta Epsilon International Economics Honor Society, Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society, and the Eta Kappa Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She was invited to join Phi Beta Kappa this year and has served as the secretary of business and finance for the 81st administration of Spelman’s Student Government Association. The Cleveland, Ohio native participated in Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) as a Career Prep Fellow, and conducted research in economics as a Spelman-Sloan Scholar and VLab research assistant. 

Calhoun desires to pursue a career related to the allocation of capital based on the historical exclusion of underrepresented groups, specifically the Black community, from wealth-building activities. Growing up in a family business environment allowed her to experience firsthand how capital can create change in minority communities. Additionally, her coursework and research experiences in economics have allowed her to study issues of unequal distribution of resources more closely. Her family and academic backgrounds have informed her interest in and passion for work focused on leveraging capital for good. After graduation, she will join Princeton University Investment Company (PRINCO) as an investment analyst. She wants to be a bridge of understanding where capital is not just seen as a means for gaining material wealth, but as a mechanism for social change. 

Valedictorian Mikka Campbell, C'2024

Spelman College 2024 Valedictorian Mika CampbellMathematics major and computer information sciences minor Mika Campbell is Spelman College's class of 2024 valedictorian along with Nadia Scott. An esteemed member of the Ethel Waddell Githii Honors Program, Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society, and Pi Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honors Society, Campbell exemplifies academic excellence.

While at Spelman, she was concurrently advancing towards a Master of Science in Neuroscience at Morehouse School of Medicine, with an anticipated graduation in May 2025. Her research, presented annually during Research Day at Spelman, reflects her broad interests across mathematics, computer science, biology and neuroscience.

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Valedictorian Nadia Scott, C'2024

Spelman Valedictorian Nadia ScottNadia Scott is a history major with a Latin America concentration and a minor in curatorial studies at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. From a young age, she has been captivated by the power of the historical record. With keen interests in public history, education, and cultural heritage, Scott's aspirations as an emerging historian are centered around breaking down barriers.

She aims to make history more inclusive and approachable to a wide range of people.

"History shouldn't be confined to academic circles; rather, it should be an engaging and accessible narrative for everyone," she said. Her research focuses on how visual culture impacts identity formation, nation-building, and ideas of citizenship.

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Salutatorian Nailah Johnson, C'2024


Nailah Johnson Spelman College class of 2024 Salutatorian

Nailah Johnson, Spelman's class of 2024 salutatorian, is a psychology and French double major from Cheltenham, Pennsylvania. She says without question, "I had such a wonderful time throughout her years at Spelman."  She has contributed significantly to the College community as a Psychology research assistant, served as a French tutor, and guided young minds through the SpelREADS program.  

After graduation, Johnson will advance her academic career by pursuing a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at Cornell University. Her research aspirations are dedicated to fostering healthy identity development among Black girls.

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