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 today, May 22, 2021 at 10:00 AM for a virtual ceremony to mark this incredible milestone! Click on the title of the video below to watch the event in YouTube!
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 graduated from Trenton State College, now The College of New Jersey, and Central Michigan University. Her career as a social worker 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 and a half years on City Council and then in the New Jersey Assembly seat for 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. She 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, the 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.
Student Speaker: Veronica Bido
Veronica Bido is passionate about advocating for human rights, international rights, and women's empowerment throughout the world. Veronica’s student leadership is extensive. In addition to being an ambassador for Douglass College, she is a Scarlet Ambassador—a role in which she welcomes prospective students to campus. Additionally, she is the founder of the Rutgers Moot Court Association and the community liaison for the Latin American Women’s Organization. Veronica regularly competes around the country with the Rutgers Mock Trial Team, volunteers as a crisis response legal court advocate for the Department of Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance, and is a tutor for the Petey Greene Program. She is also part of the Rutgers Cap and Skull Honor Society. During her undergraduate career, Veronica has interned with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office in the Quality of Life Unit. This year, she was awarded the Edele Neilsen Prize in Speech from Douglass. After graduation, Veronica plans to either participate in a fellowship in the Peace Corps or attend law school.
Contribute to the Future of Douglass!
Support Douglass for your senior class gift. Please contribute $20.21 to the Douglass General Scholarship Fund to help other Douglass students. Click here to give online and choose the Douglass General Scholarship Fund. If you prefer another Douglass fund, there are four others listed. Our donors provide funding for 40% of all Douglass programs and scholarship support for 700 students. More donor support is critical to help more students receive scholarships and provide new college programs. Thank you for giving back to Douglass!