By Paige Mitchell
At the Lincoln University Lion Awards Banquet, held on Sunday, Sept. 23, students truly conveyed the Lincoln mystique. The students assisted President Jennings in his event, and guests were impressed.
“The Lincoln University students were so delightful, and dressed very well,” said Ledisi, a Grammy nominated soul songstress. “It was a pleasure meeting them.”
The Lion Awards Banquet was a formal, evening event so the students had to dress the part. The young women wore dresses and gowns, while the men were in black tuxedos. The group of students who attended the affair at the Union League in downtown Philadelphia, are leaders on the campus and were selected by Dr. Walton, Dean of Student Affairs.
Lincoln student Quandalasha Fambro said, “I truly enjoyed the event because it was a great opportunity to meet so many business people that can help catapult my career after Lincoln. I thank Dr. Walton for this opportunity.”
During the ceremony the students were appointed to different areas where they had to escort guest to the tables, pass out programs, and greet the guests as they entered.
This occasion honored several guests who have contributed to the growth of Lincoln University and have made a difference for students. The honorees received 15 pound gold medals and trophies. Shirley Ceaser, Ledisi, and Dr. Ivory Nelson were a few honorees.
Millions of dollars have been donated to Lincoln University through these individuals who believe in the power of education.
Shirley Caesar also announced that she wants to personally visit the campus soon to thank the students and staff for her award. Songstress Ledisi took time to personally meet the students and take photos.
“The event was truly a tremendous opportunity,” said Brandon Harris, President Pro-Temp of the Student Government Association. “I was so excited to meet the guests, but it seemed as though they were more excited to meet the students. You can tell how much the honorees care about education and investing into the people of our future.”
Dr. Jennings explained that it is important for people to take the time to say thank you and acknowledge those who make a difference. He was pleased with all of the events that took place throughout his inauguration week, but the Lion’s Awards was one that stood out because it was not all about him. The concentration was on those who work hard for Lincoln behind the scenes as well as the students.
Taylor Mcgee of the Student Government Association said, “I believe the Lion Awards was a success and should be an event that continues to take place every year.”