These 22 Black Women Grads Just Slayed #BlackExcellence On Instagram

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There is something about graduation season that just fills the air with promise, hope and joy. For a community of people that have felt historically oppressed and denigrated, graduation season represents not only the end of a chapter but the beginning of a legacy to do better and challenge the status quo. We were blown away by the onslaught of black graduation photos that filled our timeline — not because there were too many, but because they all stirred up positive emotions within us. When we look at the joy that exudes from these women’s faces, all we could think is well, damn — their ancestors would be proud.

During this joyous season of completion and new beginnings, we are choosing to highlight the photos of black women grads that stopped us in our tracks — and renewed our hopes for a better future. Now hold your applause and drumroll, please!

1) Tyler, University of Delaware

2) Women Graduates, New York University – JD

3) Maliyah, Middle Tennessee State University

4) Meggy, Teacher’s College of Columbia University – Master’s

5) Feefe, University of Texas at Austin – PharmD

6) Masoma, University of Pennsylvania

Graduating with honors from an Ivy League ✔️ 🎓✨🥂 #PennGrad @blackgirlsgraduate

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7) Denea, University of California

8) Stephanie, Howard University – JD/MBA

#blackandhooded 📸:@bluflash

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9) Hareesa, University of Maryland, College Park

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10) Ashilee, Alabama A&M University

11) Oyin, St. Mary’s University

Smiling because I know how much God has blessed me! He isn’t done with me yet, this is just the beginning 👩🏿‍🎓

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12) Des, Coppin State University


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13) Vianca, New York University – JD/LLM

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14) Jess, Spelman College 

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15) Tori, Fordham University

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16) Brittnee, California State University, Long Beach – Master’s

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17) Joy, Meharry Medical College – DDS

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18) Suz, Columbia University – JD

19) Alana, Washington University in St. Louis – MSW

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20) Victoria, Tennessee State University

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21) Janelle, Widener University – Ph.D


22) Women Graduates of Emory Business School – MBAs

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