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Jocelyn Chavis, Shaw University- c/o 2005, Mass Communications

The Epitome of Wisdom and Beauty

Name : Jocelyn Chavis

HBCU : Shaw University

Graduation Year : 2005

Major : Mass Communications


Where are you from? Who introduced you to HBCUs?*

I’m from Philadelphia, PA. I knew about HBCUs all my life. I come from a household where education was everything.

Historic Estey Hall
Historic Estey Hall

Why did you choose an HBCU over a pwi?*

Funny thing is I started at a PWI and transferred to an HBCU. Although I gained a lot at the PWI. My experience at an HBCU definitely defined who I am today.

Live your life to the fullest!
Live your life to the fullest!

What is the story of your "experience" at Your HBCU given its heralded status as a stellar and prestigious institution?*

First and foremost I am a graduate of Shaw University the oldest HBCU in the South.

From us came many.

When I got to that school I was not impressed but when I met the people it was a feeling that you get when you are with family. I served in so many roles from Miss UNCF, Pre-Alumni Council, Student Development Leader, radio, and newspaper. As with anything it’s all in what you make it.


"First time" experiences at your HBCU?*



Who are the professors that have impacted your life in and out of the classroom? How did they do that?*

Ms. Lowe my Mass Communications teacher was EVERYTHING. She was a petite woman but carried a mean punch. I had her at 8 am and she would not let you in the door at 8:01. She taught us professionalism early on in the game and it’s carried me so far in life. I appreciate her so much for that. Her expectations were high so you aimed higher to get the best results.


What sports and/or extra curricular activities did you do in High School? And why?

I was in everything Drill team, photography, Student Government. Pick something. I learned early on in the game to get involved. When you do you have power to get your voice heard.


Best restaurants on/near campus? Best dishes?

Now Shaw is in the heart of the city. So we had McDonald’s for a quick bite, Larry’s down the street for some soul food (above), and Angelo’s for Italian food. But my favorite was Greenshields they brewed their own beer but I went for the fish.


College crush?

LOL too many to name. But my main crush became my oldest daughter’s father. Shout out to Jay aka Hov.


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