2021 Graduates of African & African American Studies

Dear AFAS Graduates:

As you may know, the Department of African and African American Studies has the tradition, as many departments do, of giving their graduates a gift.  We usually give the gift at a luncheon for our graduates immediately following the university’s graduation ceremony.  Because of the continued disruption caused by COVID-19, we were once again unable to do that this year.  To simplify matters, we had to select a common gift that we thought all of you would appreciate.  In that regard, we decided to get each of you a handsome, Washington University diploma frame, and your choice of a book by an AFAS faculty member.  We know that this year has been trying, unsettling, and stressful but we hope that the frame and book will symbolize good memories for you of both your time at Washington University and your experience as AFAS majors. 

We hope very much that you keep in touch with AFAS as you continue on your journeys and we wish you great success in your future endeavors.  In the meantime, stay safe and be well.

Sincerely yours,

Gerald Early, Department Chair

African & African American Studies 2021 Graduates



Jordan Jewan Bow

Ellen Anne Bresnick, Latin Honors with Thesis

Rita Daoud

Allyson Hollie

Avery Alaina Jones (3/2 MSW Program)

Andre McClerklin Jr.

Joshua Kelvin McCullough

Brianna Juanita Meyer (3/2 MBA Program)

Zoe Newton

Efua Ayereboa Osei, Latin Honors with Thesis

Logan Phillips, with Thesis

Nia Plump (3/2 MPH Program)

Avalon Simmons

Julia Morgan Stewart, Latin Honors with Thesis

Coumba Tall

Ashey Simone Thompson

Tyrin Zumel Truong

Randal Paige Walker


Bethleham Ayanaw Asnakew

Donavaughn Baucom

Joshua Amir Davis

Arias Lacee Heard

Clyde Nathniel Johnson III

Ryan Therese Langley

Jennifer Amarachukwu Metu

Alexis Imani Barnett Walker


See the full presentaiton of projects from the AFAS Senior Seminar Class!

College of Arts & Sciences Virtual Recognition Ceremony Information

Friday, May 21, 2021

Welcome to our celebration! To watch the virtual ceremony, please go to the commencement website.


8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. (alpha A-K)

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (alpha L-Z)