The 2017-2018 Mr. and Miss Delaware State University became official Oct. 8 with the crowning of Kevin Perry Jr. and Michaela J. Rose at the coronation ceremony on campus.

Held in the Education and Humanities Theatre as the kickoff event for the 2017 Homecoming Week, the ceremony was titled “The Royal Soiree” with the theme based on the “The Great Gatsby.”

Perry is the 13th Mr. DSU since that title was established in 2005. He is also the first student-athlete — a Hornet football running back — to serve in the royal position. Perry, a senior accounting major from T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia, won the crown on the platform “CEO”: Community, Education and Opportunity.

While maintaining his current 3.72 GPA, Perry serves as the president of the DSU Accounting Club and is a member of Men of Color Alliance. He is interning with the accounting firm of KPMG in Washington, D.C., and has had previous interning stints with Barclays and SB & Co. He is the son of Kevin Perry and Maria Perry.

Rose, the reigning Miss DSU, while born in Baltimore, has lived in Dover the past seven years and graduated from Dover High School. The senior movement science major is beginning her final undergraduate year with a cumulative 3.7 GPA. She began her undergraduate journey as a chemistry major, believing that she wanted follow the footsteps of her mother, Karen Rose, and become a dentist.

The platform that carried Rose to the Miss DSU crown was “Secure it” – which she explains is a reversal of the word “insecure.” She said a popular television show noted that the typical black woman is insecure.

Rose said that during her reign she plans to launch a community service initiative titled “Crown the Community.” In addition to being a past Miss Sophomore and Hornet cheerleader, Rose is a recent inductee of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and a current member of Sisterhood of Success. She also is a linebacker and defensive captain for the Lady Snipers intramural flag football team.