03 May 2024

SAU Celebrates the Achievement of Graduating Senior Tangela Ormond

Saint Augustine’s University (SAU) proudly recognizes Tangela Ormond, a dedicated and resilient graduating senior who will receive a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education at the commencement ceremony on May 4, 2024. Tangela’s journey is a testament to perseverance, determination, and the unwavering support of the SAU community.

“Tangela Ormond embodies the spirit of resilience and excellence that defines the Saint Augustine’s University community,” said SAU Interim President Dr. Marcus H. Burgess. “Her dedication to her studies and involvement in creating a positive impact through the Confidence Club exemplify the values we strive to instill in all our students.”

Tangela Ormond, a proud native of Snow Hill, NC, embarked on her educational journey at SAU with a vision to make a difference in the lives of young learners. Despite facing past personal, academic, and financial challenges, Tangela decided to return to SAU and fulfill her dream of earning a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education.

“I am a proud mother of an almost 14-year-old son. 24 years ago, I chose Saint Augustine’s College, known now as Saint Augustine’s University, because it felt like home as soon as I stepped on campus,” Ormond said. “Some personal, educational, and financial obstacles prevented me from finishing. I returned to SAU because of the guidance, service, and leadership they have shown and helped instill in me.”

During her time at SAU, Tangela excelled academically, earning Cum Laude honors and receiving the prestigious Academic Excellence award in the School of Education during the 2024 Honors Convocation. In addition to her academic pursuits, Tangela initiated the Confidence Club for young students at the elementary school, where she serves as an Instructional Assistant, demonstrating her passion for empowering future generations.

“Although I received my Associate degree in Early Childhood Education from Wake Technical Community College, I was determined and kept the faith to finish my bachelor’s degree at my HBCU,” Ormond said. “I believe in SAU because they have given me a second chance. I have also gained a lot of family from here. SAU will always be my HBCU and home. I am proud to say that I’m a SAU graduate/alumna. God did It!”

Looking ahead, Tangela plans to continue her career in education by working as a teacher with Wake County Public Schools, where she aims to positively impact the lives of her students and inspire them to reach their full potential.

Amidst recent media coverage surrounding SAU’s financial and accreditation challenges, Tangela’s success story shines a positive light on the university’s commitment to academic excellence, student support, and community engagement. Her resilience and determination symbolize the core values of SAU and the transformative impact of higher education on individuals and communities.

Tangela Ormond’s graduation from SAU is a milestone for her and the university community that supported her journey. As she joins the ranks of SAU alumni, her story serves as an inspiration to current and future students, reinforcing the value of determination, perseverance, and the unwavering support of the SAU family.

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