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Graduating While Black: graduation and retention rates

By Erian Bradley

In the fall of 2012, Camille Williams walked onto Western Kentucky’s campus anxious about the future that was ahead of her. There were buildings all around her with cars in the surrounding parking lots, and incoming freshmen waiting in the lobby as her family waited outside to grab her things. She said she was ready to start her new journey as a college student. As she entered Hugh Poland Hall, she said she was intimated by the many students around her.