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Essence R. Edmonds, a 23-year-old who moved to Warren at the age of 6, recently spoke before an audience of 147 alumni and an audience at Kent State University’s Trumbull College Spring 2023 Commencement. During her speech, she discussed the challenges she faced as a black student at a predominantly white university and her journey through college, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing Science. She also highlighted the impact of COVID-19 on college life and the new normal of social distancing, mask mandates, and quarantine. Despite the challenges, Edmonds remained focused and goal-oriented, and she currently helps support Black students on campus while working towards her Masters degree in Nursing.

The keynote speaker of the event was Sherry Berceni, a graduate of Warren G. Harding High School who earned a degree in Political Science and Finance from Youngstown State University. Berceni shared her story of perseverance and determination, including overcoming early pregnancy and raising four children while pursuing her education. She encouraged graduates to focus on their journey and process, as these lessons will propel them to the next level.

The evening’s celebration ended with a call to action for graduates to use their education and wisdom to improve their communities, as education is the most powerful weapon one can use to change the world, in the words of Nelson Mandela.

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