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A UD Sinclair Academy celebration

Donya Qendah can say a simple banner changed her life. It’s why she’s achieving her dream of starting classes at UD this fall.

“I was walking on Sinclair’s campus and I saw a banner for the UD Sinclair Academy,” she said. “I have always loved UD, but I thought it was out of reach financially. The Academy helped make it a reality for me.”

The Academy removes financial barriers and offers more than 100 pathways from Sinclair to UD so students know exactly which classes to take and don’t waste any time or money. Students know the full cost of their education upfront, they have academic advisors on both campuses, and a success coach at UD to help them with any questions that arise. They also can be a part of university life while taking classes at Sinclair by joining UD clubs, studying at the UD library, working out at the RecPlex and more. 

The two institutions celebrated Qendah and the 50 Academy students who graduated from Sinclair this spring and will transition to UD this fall with a reception. Academy student Kendall Kiss, a senior studying education, shared with the students and their families how she was nervous when she transitioned to UD two years ago. 

“However, I quickly realized that UD is so much more than just a place to earn a degree. It is a wonderful community of diverse individuals that allows everyone to explore their interests and build long-lasting relationships,” said Kiss, who joined the UD orchestra while taking classes at Sinclair and became a leader for Christmas on Campus. “As you embark on this new chapter of your academic journey, embrace every opportunity that comes your way.”

Qendah will pursue her bachelor’s degree in health sciences with a concentration in exercise and movement and a minor in psychology. She plans to pursue a graduate degree, with a goal of becoming an athletic trainer. 

“I honestly still can’t believe it, but I’m so excited to get to that chapter of my life and begin taking classes,” Qendah said. “I’m so happy it’s finally coming together.”


News and Communications Staff