May 19, 2014

GSU College Graduation Photo Goes Viral

Thousands have seen, posted, tweeted photo of Miss Grambling State University and her boyfriend, giving Miss GSU a last-minute chance to garner votes in Ebony magazine HBCU Campus Queen contest

A graduation photo of Miss Grambling State University, Amber Brice, and her boyfriend, Robert Coleman, has gone 'viral' on twitter.
A graduation photo of Miss GSU, Amber Brice,
and her boyfriend, Robert Coleman,
has gone ‘viral’ on twitter.

By JESSICA WRIGHT
Grambling State University Media Bureau

Since the reigning Miss Grambling State University posted a graduation picture with her boyfriend on social media it has gone viral.

One post on Twitter has received more than 6,000 retweets as Twitter users shared it with their Twitter connections and at least 4,000 people have marked the photo as a “favorite,” letting their followers know that they really, really think people should see it. With posts and likes on the likes of Facebook, Instagram and other social media, what was meant as a different, fun spring graduation photograph has been seen by thousands.

“We are still surprised! We literally only posted it on Instagram on my page,” said Brice, 22, who took the photo with Robert Coleman, 22, outside of the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center after Friday’s graduation.  When most others were gone, Brice and Coleman were there celebrating with each other and a few friends, including Korey Walker, a good friend and amateur photographer.

Brice, a Gibsland, Louisiana, native who majored in marketing, poses with Coleman, a Dallas native who majored in biology and a drum major of the Grambling State ‘World Famed’ Tiger marching band, when he suddenly picked her up and held her in the air when Walker snapped the photo – on Brice’s iPhone. It’s not as though the idea was original. Coleman and Brice were inspired by another couple on Instagram and decided to recreate the photo.

With @ambraismissg on Instagram and @ambra_brice on Twitter, the photo continues to be tagged and shared as Brice faces an important deadline today.

She is in the running to be a part of a historically black college and university campus queen contest spread in Ebony, a national magazine with a predominantly African American audience. Each year the magazine includes a special feature showcasing a group of HBCU campus queens. The top 10 vote-getting queens will get a trip to for a photo shoot, interviews and video then appear in a fall issue of the magazine.

As of early Friday, Brice was in 13th place, not enough to make the cut – unless she can garner enough online votes by the Friday 11:59 p.m. deadline.

Some first-time voters will get a free, year-long Ebony magazine subscription, and since voting is unlimited, all GSU alumni, faculty, staff, students and supporters can vote as often as possible and online on desktops, laptops, mobile devices and smart phones.  “We’re urging everyone to follow these simple guidelines: Vote, Refresh, Repeat and tag #MissGforEbony,” said Brice.

Read more about Brice at http://www.gram.edu/life/news/?p=968 and vote for Brice at http://www.ebony.com/campusqueens/118

Miss GSU's graduation photo has received more than 6,000 retweets as Twitter users shared it with their Twitter connections and at least 4,000 people have marked the photo as a “favorite,” letting their followers know that they really, really think people should see it.
Miss GSU’s graduation photo has received more than 6,000 retweets as Twitter users shared it with their Twitter connections and at least 4,000 people have marked the photo as a “favorite,” letting their followers know that they really, really think people should see it.

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