Richmond native Shontrice Williamson will graduate May 19 from San Francisco State University, one of six top scholars chosen by fellow students to wear an academic hood to represent them at the commencement.
Williamson, the first in her family to earn a four-year degree, will receive her bachelor’s in Africana studies. Besides excelling academically, making the Dean’s list every semester, she volunteered in a Richmond elementary school and as a camp counselor for a program in Oakland that serves at-risk youth.
One of 15 siblings, she temporarily had to drop out of school at the age of 19 to obtain a full-time job to help provide for her family.
Williamson plans to attend graduate school in the fall. She wants to become a community college instructor, so she can utilize her experience and knowledge to help young people realize their own dreams of achieving a college education.