First-Generation Graduate Creates Lasting Legacy

Aliayah Coleman

Aliayah Coleman has an infectious smile that radiates positivity. That positivity along with her drive has led her to the stage of Coleman Coliseum where on August 6 she’ll receive her bachelor’s degree in accounting and then jet off to her new job with BNY Mellon, a corporate investment banking firm in Everette, Massachusetts.

In her time at the Capstone, Coleman has been tapped for the President’s List, Dean’s List, Most Optimistic Award from the Student Support Services – TRIO Program, and the Academic Certificate of Distinction from the Black Faculty Staff Association for maintaining a GPA above 3.5. She was also instrumental in promoting the First Generation Spot in Hewson Hall, a gathering space for first-generation students to study.

Among these accolades and her coursework, Coleman still found time to write and illustrate a children’s book titled Sekaniah.

Read Aliayah’s story.

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