Convocation

Convocation

Congratulations, Graduating Douglass Seniors!

Join the Douglass community as we celebrate this year's graduating class. Students, family, alumnae, and friends are invited to tune in on May 22, 2021, for a virtual ceremony to mark this incredible milestone!

Our graduates are dedicated students who have worked diligently over the past four years to accomplish their degrees. We believe that they deserve the chance to celebrate this milestone with the Douglass community. The College is moving forward with a virtual ceremony that will take place over a video sharing platform. Students and their families will be able to tune in to the ceremony right from their homes. The event will include a keynote speaker, an address from Dean Jacquelyn Litt, a celebratory toast, and more.

 

Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds-Jackson

Keynote Speaker: Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds-Jackson

“Life's most persistent and urgent question is, What are you doing for others” - Martin Luther King, Jr.


Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds-Jackson is a product of the Trenton public school system and has obtained advance degrees from Trenton State College/The College of New Jersey and Central Michigan University. Her career as a social worker coupled with a commitment to public service led her to the elected position of East Ward Councilwoman and Council Vice-President where she legislated laws for the City of Trenton. Assemblywoman Reynolds-Jackson proudly served 7 ½ years on City Council before being elected to fill the vacant New Jersey Assembly seat in the 15th Legislative District. Ms. Reynolds-Jackson currently serves as Deputy Majority Leader and Vice-Chairwoman of the Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee. She is a member of the Assembly Budget Committee, the Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee, the Joint Committee on Public Schools, and the Joint Committee on Economic Justice and Equal Employment. The Assemblywoman also serves as a Commissioner on the State of New Jersey Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission. Since graduating from college the Assemblywoman has continued her education through the New Jersey Redevelopment Authority and Rutgers University. For the past 10+ years, Verlina Reynolds-Jackson has been committed to serving her constituents through public service. She has achieved great satisfaction working with various populations, including her neighbors, the homeless, elderly, children, and people with disabilities. Her work has focused on social justice, enforcing business and landlord responsibility, environmental protection, demanding accountability for students, and working with the police regarding crime prevention. Verlina resides in the City of Trenton with her wonderful husband, Lorenzo Jackson.


Memberships & Affiliations:

  • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Trenton Alumnae Chapter
  • League of Women Voters
  • Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey
  • The College of New Jersey Alumni Association Board

Education:

  • Master of Science in Administration, Central Michigan University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Sociology, Trenton State College/The College of New Jersey
  • State of New Jersey Certified Municipal Finance Officer