NUOP's 2019 graduates with the Rev. James Maher, C.M., NU president, Jerrell Mason, NUOP program director, Kara Oliver, assistant director, Antonia Knight, dean of Academic Services, and Constance Mathews, former NUOP director.

The Niagara University Opportunity Program celebrated the achievements of 12 students graduating from the program on May 7, 2019, in the Russell J. Salvatore Dining Commons on the Niagara University campus.

Speakers included the Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., Niagara University president, and Arielle Harris, a 2011 alumna of the NUOP program. In addition, Niagara Falls City Councilman Ezra Scott presented a proclamation naming that day “NUOP Day.”

Day Day Poe, a senior from Albany, N.Y. in the ROTC program, received the award for the highest GPA, as well as the Character and Leadership Award. Kaylee Woodruff, a freshman enrolled in Niagara’s Academic Exploration Program from Niagara Falls, N.Y., and Elizabeth Camara, a junior history major from Buffalo, N.Y., were the recipients of Rising Eagle awards.

Graduating from NUOP were:

  • Latricia Agee
  • Kelsey Beauchamp
  • Miguel Betances
  • Willie Guerrero
  • Julia Holcomb
  • Dashawna Levert
  • Bal Mainali
  • Hamlet Margarin
  • Cassidy Okon
  • Day Day Poe
  • Cristina Ruiz
  • Ashley Stewart

The ultimate goal of NUOP is to make higher education possible for students who are academically underprepared and/or economically disadvantaged. NUOP is funded jointly by the university and the New York State Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP).

For more information on the Niagara University Opportunity Program, please visit

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