Clark Atlanta University’s Office of Student Recruitment and Admissions hosted the 2023 Scholars’ Banquet for Incoming Students


Atlanta, GA (October 25, 2022) - Clark Atlanta University's Office of Student Recruitment and Admissions hosted the 2023 Scholars' Banquet to celebrate and honor 50 class of 2027 students who received the Presidential (3.8 GPA and higher) or Merit Scholarships (3.25 GPA and higher).

"Everyone wants to come to Clark Atlanta University, but we recruit the best and brightest students from around the globe," said Cherise Peters, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Retention. "Each incoming student honored at the 2023 banquet holds a GPA of 3.5 or higher, and we want you to be a part of our esteemed CAU family."

The honored students and their guests enjoyed a three-course meal while soothing music set the relaxed ambiance of the event.

Keynote speaker Dr. Daniel Black, professor of African American Studies at Clark Atlanta University, received a standing ovation when he challenged the scholars to succeed. His rousing speech ignited the young scholars as the atmosphere sparkled with enthusiastic excitement.

Other guest speakers, in addition to Vice President Peters and Dr. Black, included SGA President Ki'Andre Thomas, who reminded the scholars that no matter how exceptional they are, CAU has a way of molding and shaping them to be even better.

CAU junior and merit scholar Tatianna St. Louis advised the incoming students to be aware of and avoid the pitfalls that could potentially remove them from their journey to graduation and success.

Additionally, guests were treated to the musical stylings of Clark Atlanta University's Class of 2023 student, Daryl Fletcher, who ended the banquet with an eclectic fusion of contemporary and gospel music.

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About Clark Atlanta University

Clark Atlanta University was formed with the consolidation of Atlanta University and Clark College, both of which hold unique places in the annals of African American history. Atlanta University, established in 1865 by the American Missionary Association, was the nation’s first institution to award graduate degrees to African Americans. Clark College, established four years later in 1869, was the nation’s first four-year liberal arts college to serve a primarily African American student population. Today, with nearly 4,000 students, CAU is the largest of the four institutions (CAU, Morehouse College, Spelman College, and Morehouse School of Medicine) that comprise the Atlanta University Center Consortium. It is also the largest of the 37-member UNCF institutions. Notable alumni include: James Weldon Johnson; American civil rights activist, poet, and songwriter (Lift Every Voice and Sing “The Black National Anthem”; Ralph David Abernathy Sr., American civil rights activist; Congressman Hank

Johnson, Georgia District 4; Kenya Barris, American award-winning television and movie producer; Kenny Leon, Tony Award-winning Broadway Director; Jacque Reid, Emmy Award-winning Television Personality and Journalist; Brandon Thompson, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion for NASCAR; Valeisha Butterfield Jones, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at the Recording Academy. To learn more about Clark Atlanta University, visit