Hampton University Announced President’s Cup Winner and Recognized 52 Students at 49th Annual Honors Day

Alumnus Clayton Bond Tells Hampton University Students to Reach Beyond the Stars

Hampton, VA – April 10, 2024 –Hampton University proudly announced Lailah Daniel as the winner of the 2024 President’s Cup and recognized 52 additional students at the 49th Honors Day Ceremony.

Daniel is a senior scholar-athlete who has shown unparalleled dedication both in her academics and on the soccer field. As captain of the university soccer team and a major in Health Sciences & Policy Administration, Daniel has exemplified what it means to be a leader and a committed scholar. Her achievements extend beyond the campus as she is set to continue her studies at Johns Hopkins University.

“Lailah Daniel has shown exceptional leadership, commitment, and academic prowess during her time here at Hampton,” said Hampton University President Darrell K. Williams. “She represents the best of our university and is a deserving recipient of this year’s President’s Cup.”

The honors day ceremony also celebrated the academic achievements of a total of 52 distinguished honors students, with departmental awards from each of the eight schools on campus.

Hampton University was graced by the presence and wisdom of its internationally renowned alumnus, Clayton Bond, J.D ‘98. As the senior advisor for Diplomatic Fellowships at the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center, Howard University, Bond shared an empowering message with the honors college students: the sky is not the limit.

Reflecting on his own journey from being an honors student at Hampton University to achieving remarkable academic heights, Bond’s story is one of relentless ambition and dedication. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Oxford, where he was a proud Fulbright scholar, and has furthered his education at Harvard University’s School of Government. Bond’s legal expertise is fortified by his Juris Doctorate from the Northwestern California University School of Law.

Beyond his academic and professional pursuits, Bond is deeply committed to philanthropy and service. He shared personal insights from his experiences, emphasizing the importance of risk-taking, serving others, and living life to its fullest potential.

“Dream no small dreams,” Bond stated, underscoring the exceptional caliber of Hampton honors students and their promising futures.

Hampton University continues to foster an environment where students thrive through rigorous academic challenges and robust extracurricular engagement. The Honors Day Celebration not only recognizes the accomplishments of its students but also reaffirms the university’s commitment to excellence.


Founded in 1868, Hampton University has been the Standard of Excellence in higher education for over 150 years. Rich in history and tradition, Hampton University is recognized as one of the top historically black colleges and universities in the world, and recently named the top private university in Virginia. Hampton provides a broad range of technical, liberal arts and graduate degree programs. HU is a tightly-knit community of learners and educators representing 49 states and 35 territories and nations.

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