Thirty-one high school seniors graduated from the CU Pre-Health Scholars (CUPS) program on May 6.
The program is operated by the Office for Educational Outreach & Pathway Initiatives, which provides comprehensive programs at all educational levels to promote access and increase the numbers of underrepresented populations in healthcare, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and research professions.
The CUPS curriculum supports students’ growth through a variety of academic activities, college visits, mentoring and exposure to STEM and health-related technologies and careers.
Delivering the senior speech was scholar Sreehitha Sajja, who will continue her educational journey at the University of South Florida with dual admission into Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Scholars and their families had professional photo opportunities provided by Alisha Elliot, while they were honored with graduation sashes and posed for individual photos with Regina Richards, PhD, MSW, vice chancellor of diversity, equity, inclusion and community engagement.
As part of its commitment to diversity and inclusivity, CUPS partners only with vendors from the Supplier Diversity Initiative. At the graduation ceremony, the scholars and their families enjoyed customized treats from SweetSweetz and Miss Millie’s Kitchen.
CUPS will host an end-of-summer barbecue at 11:30 a.m. on July 14 at the Education 2 Quad.
Photo at top: Front row, from left: Sreehitha Sajja, Sunita Sangraula, Oma Mohamed and Ashlee Lorquet; second row: Alejandra Vasquez, Malia Ahmad, Tavishaa Vanjani, Jayla Wiley, Bailey Weber, Jacqueline Galindo, Giselle Millan, Tiana Lucero, Yazmin Silva, Muhamadjon Dzhalolov and Alejandro Salazar; and third row: Tjaden Litwiler, Maria Goergen, Hannah Abbey, Madi Espejo and Blane Natnael.