DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. (December 15, 2022) – A cohort of students participating in Daytona State College’s MOCI program were honored
Wednesday at a Rite of Passage ceremony at the Mori Hosseini Center on the Daytona
Beach Campus. The program has existed for several years, but this is the first time
a cohort of students took classes together as they progressed through the program.
MOCI is a program overseen by Daytona State’s Office of Student Development to increase
the number of students from under-represented populations attending and graduating
from college. The program offers cultural enrichment, life skills development and
academic preparation for students attending Daytona State. Participants are supported
by MOCI mentors, who help them achieve their goals throughout the year.
“We are tremendously proud of these students and look forward to the contributions
they will be making to our communities and the world at large,” said Daytona State
College President Tom LoBasso. “We’re excited about this program and the value it
brings to everyone involved.”
The program emphasizes four key values: Excellence – Achieved through words and deeds;
Self-Awareness – Developed through reflection; Self-Respect – Earned through words
and actions; and Pride – Demonstrated through behavior.
Members of the first graduating class are:
- Maliak Jakell Brunson
- Joshua James Crayton
- Mario Jose Cuadrado-Diaz
- Jerry Daniels III
-Travius Markell Davis
- Tyler Marques Freeze
- Mathias Gentry
- Jeremie Albert Guerrier
- Ayden Harris
- Tharell Van Lewis II
- Oni Ashoma Lobban
- Aaron Manning
- Keshawn Duece Mobley
- Jahcorey Robert Rahaman
- Mahi Rahman
- Madden Joseph Santiago
- Sinsear Rich Small
- Joshua Stennett
- Maxwell Reese Strickland
The Rite of Passage ceremony honors the graduates, their families, mentors, staff,
faculty, fellow students, and friends.
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Offering more than 100 certificate, associate and bachelor’s degree programs, Daytona
State College is the leader in education and workforce training needs of Volusia and
Flagler counties and beyond for more than 60 years. The College enrolls approximately
23,000 students a year at its seven campuses, with graduates serving in critical fields
including healthcare, emergency services and public safety, business, education, hospitality,
engineering, technology, digital media, and more.
Daytona State has been recognized as a leader in higher education numerous times.
U.S. News & World Report ranks the College among the Top Tier Best Online Bachelor’s
Programs. The U.S. Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency
Center ranks DSC among the top 50 most affordable public four-year institutions in
the country, with less than half the tuition of the national average. Community College
Week, a leading publication in higher education, annually features Daytona State in
its list of Top 100 Associate Degree Producers. And U.S. News & World Report has ranked
DSC among its Top Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans multiple times.