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Wilberforce University Canceling Student Debt For Recent Graduates

WU president elfred A graduate raises their hands to clap after Pinkard announces student loan debt is cleared
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A graduate raises their hands to clap after Wilberforce University President Elfred Anthony Pinkard's announcement. The university is forgiving student debt for the classes of 2020 and 2021.

Wilberforce University is canceling its recent graduates’ student debt. Jocelyn Fox first heard the good news during her commencement ceremony, and spoke to WYSO about what this means for her.

Wilberforce University is canceling its recent graduates’ student debt. University president Elfred Anthony Pinkard gave the good news to the Class of 2020 and 2021 during their commencement ceremony last weekend.

“Your accounts have been cleared,” Pinkard said.

Jocelyn Fox is a 2021 Wilberforce graduate. She says she had nearly $70,000 in student debt.

“I had a lot of debt and I was really getting worried about, ‘What was I going to do after school?’" Fox said. "And he said that and my heart just lit up, everyone stood up. I really wasn’t expecting it.”

Fox is now considering a masters degree once she finds a job that can help her pay her way.