Dolores Spikes, who served as president of the Southern University system and later as president of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, was honored at a ceremony in Baton Rouge. Southern University named its Honors College and honors program after Dr. Spikes.

Spikes was the first African American to earn a Ph.D. in mathematics from Louisiana State University.

Toccarra Cash, a 24-year-old graduate theater student at the University of Missouri at Kansas City, won the Princess Grace Award from the Princess Grace Foundation. The award is given to emerging stars in the theater, in dance, or in film. Cash, who is originally from Dayton, Ohio, is a graduate of Spelman College. The award comes with a $10,000 prize which Cash will use to help pay her graduate school tuition.