Kentucky State University honored its student scholars during the Academic Honors Convocation recently in the Carl H. Smith Auditorium of David H. Bradford Hall.

Kentucky State alumna Patricia Russell-McCloud, Esq. was the keynote speaker.

“Being a man or woman is a matter of birth,” Russell-McCloud told the students. “Being a man or woman who makes a difference is a matter of choice.”

Russell-McCloud encouraged students to believe in positive thinking, plan and put forth the effort for success.

“Education is not boring,” Russell-McCloud said. “Being unemployed is boring. Being broke is boring. Being dependent is boring. Learn from the masters of your field. Education gives you choices.”

Russell-McCloud later presented the Kentucky State University STEM Scholarship for African-American Women. Fifteen scholarships and awards were presented by Russell-McCloud for a cumulative total of nearly $49,000.

Kentucky State University President Dr. M. Christopher Brown II presented the President’s Awards to freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors with a 4.0 grade point average. More than 40 students received the award.

Frankfort Mayor William May presented the Mayor’s Citizenship Award to Kentucky State University Regent and Student Government Association President Onaje N. Cunningham.

Dr. Kristen E. Broady, vice provost for graduate studies and academic specialization, presented Chicago alumni chapter scholarships.

Departmental honors and awards were also acknowledged, as well as members of the academic honor roll and dean’s list.

Other highlights included selections from the Kentucky State University Concert Choir, Janessa M. Graham, the Kentucky State University Gospel Ensemble, Gordon D. Ford Jr. and Marlin McKay.