Soon-to-be graduates celebrated during the First World ceremony



Eyes are now on the big stage for these Class of 2023 members as they were recently honored during the fall semester's First World Graduation Ceremony by Commonwealth University-Bloomsburg’s Office of Multicultural Affairs.

“I sat right there, literally in the same seat as you," said Lamar K. Oglesby ’07, alumni association executive board member, executive director at Rutgers University. "I can remember like it was yesterday. I can remember not being quite as sure at what lay ahead."

Oglesby added, "I’m here to tell you — first congratulations — but secondly, you’re more prepared for what comes next than you realize.  You had to go through a lot to get to this point. I know, because I sat right there. A lot happens in four to five years, and all of it allows you to finish what you started. So, take a hat off to yourself. Make sure you celebrate this moment because it’s worthy.”

The bi-annual First World ceremony is celebrated each fall and spring to congratulate the achievements — academic and leadership roles — of Bloomsburg’s multicultural students at the baccalaureate and graduate degree levels. 

Group standing side by side for a photo.


  • Juwayriya Abdul- Hadi
  • Jakiah Belton
  • Iyonna Ben-Oduro
  • Dominick Brown
  • Shanear Cofer
  • Zaeleah Figueroa
  • Amadou Fofana
  • Alyssa Greenhoward
  • Kayla Lee
  • Duane Mason
  • Walter Owusu
  • Brianna Sanders
  • Destiney Silver Presley
  • Brittany Stephenson
  • Malik Thompson
  • Shavar Waller