WellsLink Hosts 20th Annual Transitions Ceremony, Welcomes Jenn Harper as Keynote

Twelve Newhouse students will be honored at the WellsLink Leadership Program’s 20th Annual WellsLink Transition Ceremony on Friday, Feb. 16, from 4 to 6 p.m. in Hendricks Chapel. The ceremony will be followed by a reception.

“The WellsLink program has been transformative for many of our first-year students of color. By providing mentoring, leadership development and a supportive community, it not only  supports the transition to college life but also lays the foundation for their success at Syracuse University and beyond,” says Breana Nieves Vergara, Multicultural Affairs assistant director.

“I’ve seen students gain tremendous confidence in themselves and their abilities. Students form strong bonds with peers and mentors that motivate them to achieve their full potential. The relationships we work to facilitate through the program truly enrich the academic experience for students of color in their critical first year on campus. I’m excited to watch these talented young leaders continue to thrive with the foundation the program has provided.”

WellsLink Hosts 20th Annual Transitions Ceremony

Through academic, social and cultural enrichment activities to foster success for first-year students of color on their college journey, the WellsLink Leadership Program is nationally recognized for academic and leadership excellence. As a celebration of student leader growth, the Transitions Ceremony honors WellsLink Scholars who have successfully transitioned into their second year at Syracuse University.

Jenn Harper

The ceremony will host keynote speaker Jenn Harper, award-winning social entrepreneur and founder and CEO of Cheekbone Beauty Cosmetics Inc., student scholars’ stories of transformation, and Academic Excellence Awards, Leadership Capital Certificates and stole presentation.

“For incoming students of color, the Transitions Ceremony serves as a visual representation that they are capable of success in college. Being able to see students that look like you prevailing in their academics and lifestyles is empowering,” says Ashley Kao ’26, second year WellsLink Leadership Program Scholar and peer leader.

“It is a reminder that they can do anything they put their mind to, and they’ll always have the WellsLink community to support them.”

The following Newhouse students will be honored at the ceremony: