On June 3, 2019, Gilman Scholar Beverly Danquah (Spring, 2018) poised to address an audience of more than 14,000 people at St. John’s University. The Communication Arts major with a concentration in journalism and triple minor in Legal Studies, International Studies, and Business told the audience that she was inspired by all of the positive energy of her classmates and the crowd. Beverly’s internships, which spanned the fields of fashion, transportation, government, and media, included Moda Operandi, Metro-North, the New York City Council Press Office, CNN, MSNBC, and Saturday Night Live.
The child of immigrants from Ghana and a first-generation student, Beverly almost did not pursue the idea of studying abroad because of the cost, but then she applied and successfully earned a highly competitive Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad in Italy, Ireland, and France. In August, Beverly begins a 12-month fellowship where she will serve as a Communications and Knowledge Management Fellow for the International Water Management Institute in Accra, Ghana. Ghana was her first choice, and Beverly is very excited to learn and work where she has the advantage of speaking the language that she grew up using at home!
Congratulations to Beverly and the Class of 2019 at St. John’s University!
Watch the commencement speech here.
Gilman Scholar Beverly Danquah (Spring, 2018)