Source: Black Teen Magazine
Xavier University of Louisiana, located in New Orleans continues to be grounded in its tradition of academic excellence. On May 12, 2012, 550 graduates were awarded degrees during Xavier’s 85th annual commencement at the Kiefer Lakefront Arena. Xerox chairman and chief executive officer Ursula Burns, the first African-American woman CEO to head a Fortune 500 company, delivered the commencement address at the event and be awarded an honorary Doctor of Business degree.
Heading the graduation ceremony were three summa cum laude with perfect 4.0 grade point averages. Jasmine Holmes, a chemistry/premed major from New Orleans; Ashley Matthew, a chemistry/premed major from Quincy, MA; and Asia Matthew, also a chemistry/premed major from Quincy, Massachusetts.
Asia and Ashley Matthew, 22-year-old, identical twins applied and were accepted into the University of Massachusetts (UMass) prestigious and highly-selective Medical School MD/PHD program. UMass offers concurrent degrees in PHD and MD at their Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Out of the hundreds of applications UMass receives, they select only 10 students each year.
According to DiverseEducation:
The Matthew twins spent the summer of 2010 in the UMass medical school’s Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship Program. Also while they were at Xavier, Ashley and Asia participated in the Ronald McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, which receives high praise from both women.
“In that program, we were encouraged and motivated to attend grad school; we visited different schools and we were able to present our research at conferences. It was a great experience,” Ashley said.
Located in New Orleans, Xavier University of Louisiana was established in 1925. It is the nation’s only historically Black Catholic university and an institution known for its STEM programs and its annual number-one national ranking for sending the most African-Americans to medical schools.