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BriAuna Daye

May 2, 2018

Two months ago, BriAuna Daye was in a head-on collision that resulted in a broken femur and hip. There was doubt that she would be able to finish her final semester at UNCW, but with drive and determination, Daye will be among the Seahawks to walk across the stage during commencement.

“I was sending emails from my hospital bed because I was so close [to graduating],” she said. “I prayed to God that this hurdle that felt like a wall wouldn’t keep me from reaching the goals I set for myself this semester, and now I find myself in a position where I conquered every hurdle that was placed in front of me.”

Daye will graduate with a degree in political science and international studies and plans to attend law school in the fall. “I chose these majors because I’ve always been captivated by historical trends – political, social and economic – of the world, especially based on power and theory,” she said. She was accepted and received scholarships from the University of Mississippi, Michigan State, Rutgers and Howard universities. She selected her first choice, Howard University School of Law.

During her time at UNCW, Daye was chief of staff of the Student Government Association and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., where she served as president for two years and currently is the parliamentarian. She also served on the Black Student Union and the National Pan-Hellenic Council. Daye founded the university’s Black Women’s and Black Pre-Law associations to provide support and resources for African-American students.

“I’ve left a legacy at UNCW, and the organizations I started are in the hands of people who are strong and capable of not only continuing the vision I had, but making it better.” 

- Venita Jenkins