CVPA Students Take Graduate School by Storm

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Recent CVPA graduate Jamie Harris


Submitted from The Artsation Newsletter, a publication from ASU’s Department of Visual and Performing Arts

The primary mission of Alabama State University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts is to prepare our students for the 21st century through artistic and academic excellence. As we end of this academic semester, evidence of this excellence is shown by the success of our graduating seniors. Although they are ready to hit the ground running towards their professional careers, some have decided to further their education and pursue graduate degrees. Students from Visual Arts, Music and Theatre and Dance are taking graduate schools by storm with multiple scholarship and fellowship offers from multiple institutions.

Visual Arts

Jamie Harris was offered an unprecedented full scholarship into the MFA Program at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art (PAFA). PAFA is one of the most prestigious art schools in the country and this is the first ASU student to be admitted into the Graduate program. Although excited about this opportunity at PAFA, Harris has other offers to consider. Harris was accepted into several graduate programs, including: Georgia State University (full scholarship with a $6,000 assistantship), Western Carolina University (50% Tuition Scholarship and $9500 assistantship) and Washington University/Sam Fox School of Visual Arts (50% Tuition Scholarship and a $4,000 assistantship).

Theatre Arts / Dance

Jordan Pope, a BFA Dance graduate will attend the University of Alabama. Theatre graduate Jada Campbell will be attending Texas Tech University to pursue her MFA in Playwriting. Campbell received a full fellowship and will serve as a graduate teaching assistant.


Music graduates, Ayana Cummings, who graduated summa cum laude, Jalen Ryans, who also graduated summa cum laude, and Janet Lagah-Bona were accepted into the Longy School of Music at Bard College in Boston, MA, with scholarship offers. Cummings received a $30,000 scholarship and was accepted into their Master of Music in Composition program. Jalen Ryans received a $34,000 scholarship and was admitted into the Master of Music in Trombone Performance program. Ryans also received a $12,000 scholarship offer from the Mannes School of Music in New York City. Lagah-Bona received a $26,000 scholarship and was admitted to the Master of Music in Composition program.

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