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Fourth Member of Family to Graduate from B-CU

When Deon Wilkins and his brother, Devon, were boys, their parents would take them to every Bethune-Cookman University home football game.

“We would sit next to the band and cheer,” Deon said. "It was a part of our family tradition since both my parents had been Marching Wildcats."

On Saturday, Deon will be the fourth member of his immediate family to graduate from Bethune-Cookman. His father Gary, a tuba player in the band, graduated in 1985. His mother Ava, who played saxophone, graduated in 1987. Older brother Devon graduated in May and Deon will walk across the stage to receive his diploma.

"B-CU was the only college that I applied for. I knew I wanted to go to school with my brother and this was our only choice," Deon said.

For Deon, the road to graduation has been long and tough. The computer engineering major recalled many a night spent in study groups or alone in a computer lab.

"I am relieved that it’s over, because I had an arduous major that required a ton of study time," he said. "But, I will always remember Bethune-Cookman University as the place where I became a better student and a better human being."

The journey has been hard, but the rewards are many, said Deon, who plans to study for a master’s and a Ph.D. in computer engineering at Florida International University. Still, he will remember B-CU as a place where his family began.

"My parents met here as students and now my brother and I are graduates," Deon said. "I could not be more proud of my family and this institution."

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About Bethune Cookman University:

Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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