Distinguished Honors for Two African American Scholars
Filed in Honors & Awards on March 18, 2016
Adriel A. Hilton, executive assistant and chief of staff for the president of Grambling State University in Louisiana, received that 2016 Harry Canon Outstanding Professional Award from the Standing Committee on Men and Masculinities of the American College Personnel Association. He also received the Men and Masculinities Knowledge Community Newly Published Research Award from NASPA, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.
A graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Dr. Hilton earned a master’s degree in applied social science at Florida A&M University and a doctorate in higher education administration at Morgan State University.
Otelia Cromwell, who in 1900, was the first Black woman to graduate from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, is having a new campus housing unit named in her honor. Cromwell House is one of five new housing units in an 80-bed complex on the Smith campus.
Each year, Smith College honors its first African American graduate by holding Otelia Cromwell Day on campus. Dr. Cromwell earned a master’s degree from Columbia University and a Ph.D. at Yale University. She became a professor of English at Miner Teachers College in Washington, D.C. A video about the life of Otelia Cromwell can be viewed here.