Hampton University Reveals Strategic Plan for 2023-2033


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Hampton President Darrell K. Williams Achieves Coveted Rank on Inside Business Power List


Hampton, Va., (May 26, 2023) – Adding to a list of exceptional firsts, President Darrell K. Williams has been named to the 2023 Inside Business Power List. The university president is listed among 60 Power Players having the most influence to drive economic growth in Hampton Roads. This recognition affirms coastal Virginia’s energizing response to his leadership and the impact President Williams yields as he establishes his legacy on campus and beyond.

Annually published, the Power List is a curation of Hampton Roads’ who’s-who with a special interest in changemakers actively shaping vital sectors of the community. President Williams, a 1983 alumnus, demonstrates commitment to collaborating with the community at-large, aiming to fortify the region by fostering workforce opportunities that attract and retain desirable talent.

Williams took office July 1, returning to his Home by the Sea after a dynamic run at Leidos, a Fortune 250 technology company, where he served as Vice President and Managing Director of a global $9 billion contract with United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defense Logistic Commodities Services Transformation (LCST).

The Retired U.S. Lieutenant General is proud to lead Hampton and its global network of supporters into a new era. Charting a course to deliver the #1 student experience in America, the president sets out to produce young men and women of character who are prepared to assume positions as world leaders. For more information, visit: https://home.hamptonu.edu/


Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Awards Hampton University Museum $1,000,000 Grant to Bolster Cultural Legacy

Mellon Grant Catalyzes Initiatives That Support the Evolution and Sustainability of Institutions Focused on Place-Based Storytelling, Curation, and Human Connection


Hampton, Va. (May 22, 2023) – The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (the “Foundation”) announced today that the Hampton University Museum is a recipient of the 2023 Humanities in Place granta transformative boost for the nation’s oldest African American museum.

The award will be used over 36 months to support preservation assessment, capital improvements for the University Museum and Clarke Hall, the restoration of the Charles White mural, and related programming.

“The funding from the Mellon Foundation, Humanities in Place award will afford the museum an opportunity to become more proactive about the preservation of the university’s historic buildings and landmark,” says Dr. Vanessa Thaxton-Ward, Museum Director. 

Aligned with Hampton’s 2023-2033 Strategic Plan, the grant underscores University President Darrell K. Williams’ objective of enhancing operations and campus infrastructure – two integral components of delivering the #1 Student Experience in America.

The Foundation works with artists, curators, conservators, scholars, and organizations to ensure equitable access to excellent arts and cultural experiences and support approaches that place the arts and artists at the center of thriving, healthy communities.

The University Museum brings its remarkable collection to the public through an array of initiatives spotlighting the permanence of cultural artifacts and the relevance of history on display in the 21st century.

The Hampton University Museum is located in the Huntington Building on the Hampton University campus and is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  It is currently closed on the weekends and major holidays. Admission is free. Call 757.727.5308 

For more information, visit https://www.mellon.org/ 

For more information, visit:  https://home.hamptonu.edu/msm/ 


Hampton University Convenes Religious Leaders to Discuss Tools for Transforming Congregations, Communities and Cultures at 109th Ministers’ Conference, June 4th-8th

The Rev. Dr. Gina Stewart, 2023 Conference Preacher

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Hampton, Va. (May 25, 2023) – The 109th Annual Ministers’ Conference and 89th Choir Director’s & Organists’ workshop, the nation’s largest and longest-running gathering of interdenominational African-American clergy, will be held June 4-8th on campus.

With the theme, “Tools for Transforming Congregations, Communities, and Cultures,” this year’s conveners will attend sermons and sessions to help inform their theology and enrich their delivery of ministry. This year’s conference also marks the first for newly-inaugurated Hampton University President Darrell K. Williams who will share details of the institution’s 10-year strategic plan on Monday, June 5 at 7 p.m. in the Convocation Center.

The Rev. Dr. Gina Stewart, senior pastor of Christ Missionary Baptist Church in Memphis, TN, will serve as this year’s conference preacher. Additional speakers and session leaders include:

· The Rev. Dr. Eboni Marshall Turman, author, and teacher at Yale University Divinity School, and assistant minister of the historic Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, NY

· The Rev. Sheleta Fomby, co-pastor of the New Life Church, Inc. in Laurel Maryland

· The Rev. Dr. John Faison, senior pastor of Watson Grove Baptist Church (The Grove) in Nashville, TN and Franklin, TN

· The Rev. Dr. Luke Powery, dean of Duke University Chapel and associate professor of Homiletics at Duke Divinity School

· The Rev. Jennifer Watley Maxell, preacher, teacher, and co-founder of The Breakthrough Fellowship in Smyrna, Georgia, and

· Bishop Adam Richardson, Jr., author and 115th Bishop in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, from Louisville, Kentucky.

The Ministers’ Conference began in 1914 when the Negro Organizational Society, the Conference for Education in the South, the Southern Education Board, and the Cooperative Education Board sought to address the growing concerns of the African-American church and its relationship to the community. Past attendees have included the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1962; the Rev. Wyatt Tee Walker of Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York; the Rev. Jesse Jackson; the Rev. Al Sharpton; Bishop T.D. Jakes; and in 2007, U.S. President Barack Obama.

“The welcoming of clergy from all Christian denominations is what originally set Hampton’s conference apart from the rest and has led to the success seen today,” said Rev. Debra Haggins, university chaplain and conference convener. “This enduring vision of the Hampton University Ministers’ Conference is a model of non-sectarian interdenominational cooperation in the African-American church and in the world.” To register to attend the Conference, click here.


Hampton University Mourns the Loss of Prolific Media Trailblazer and Beloved Professor Maynard Eaton


Hampton, Va., (May 24, 2023) – Hampton University mourns the loss of Professor Maynard Eaton, who died late Tuesday evening in his sleep after a brief battle with lung cancer, according to his family. Eaton was an eight-time Emmy Award winner, was honored by the National Newspaper Publishers Award (NNPA) and won multiple honors from the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ).

The highly regarded broadcast journalist returned to his Home by the Sea as an Endowed Professor in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications in 2022.  Eaton began his career in 1970 as WVEC-TV’s first African-American newsman, after graduating from Hampton Institute’s Mass Media Arts Program.  He went on to earn a Master of Arts degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

“The passing of Maynard Eaton is a tremendous loss to the entire Hampton University family. Equally, his is a loss to the media profession and society,” said HU President Darrell K. Williams. “In this era when the media has the power to influence our beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors, Professor Eaton’s body of work reminds us to pursue and protect excellence and fairness in our exchange of ideas, thoughts, and information.”

Eaton’s career spanned more than five decades and he left a legacy of impactful reporting and social change that includes his time as a reporter for The Atlanta Voice. Eaton conducted numerous high-profile news reports and interviews with heads of state, political giants, renowned entertainers, athletes, and civil rights leaders. For the past decade, he served as National Communications Director for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the legacy organization established by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King.

“The Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications is saddened to learn of Professor Eaton’s transition from this earthly life,” said Dean Julia A. Wilson.  “He provided a mature perspective on journalism to our students and will be sorely missed.”

Eaton is renowned as a multi-award-winning broadcast journalist, political columnist, media/public relations consultant, freelance writer, and executive editor. Eaton’s impact will be felt through the voices of the journalists he has trained and mentored during tenures as a professor at both Clark-Atlanta and Hampton universities.

“His wife Robin and family have our prayers for strength and comfort.  May he rest in peace,” said Dean Wilson.  

Burial plans have not been announced.  Eaton was 73.


Col. Joseph Briggs (USA, Retired) Receives 2023 Outstanding Alumnus-at-Large Award


Hampton, Va. (May 19, 2023) – Hampton University honored Col. Joseph Briggs (USA, Retired), Class of 1963, with the 2023 Alumnus-At-Large Award, joining a long list of luminaries who have received the institution’s highest recognition of its world-changing graduates at spring Commencement ceremony on May 14.

Col. Briggs, a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., has over 30 years of result-oriented progressive engineering management experience with practical leadership and management positions within highly competitive and diversified organizations. His military assignments included serving as the District Engineer of a five-state area encompassing over 150,000-square miles of civil works and environmental protection programs for two of those states.

The Brooklyn native graduated with a B.S. in Architectural Engineering and was commissioned as a second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. After serving both state-side and overseas assignments, including combat in South Vietnam, he earned his master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1970, and subsequently taught and trained cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York.

He spent nearly a half-dozen years with the Library of Congress as their Chief of Facilities before retiring from his civilian duties. Immediately following his retirement from the U.S. Army, he became a Vice President and Project Director for the Metcalf & Eddy Waste Water Company serving as the project lead for the Blue Plains Water Treatment Facility in Washington, D.C. He also served as project lead for the Water and Sewage Treatment Plant in Detroit, Michigan, on a 750 million-gallon-a-day Pumping Station.

Highly regarded for his boundless enthusiasm and affection for his alma mater, Col. Briggs is known as a “fundraiser extraordinaire,” who connects important causes with supporters willing to invest in humanity. He has chaired the annual gala for the Northern Virginia Chapter for seven consecutive years and led that chapter in developing two endowed scholarships for Hampton students. He served as vice president of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the National Hampton Alumni Association, Inc., for more than ten years and co-leader of the Emeritus class. He was honored by the NHAA, Inc. with the inaugural “Let Your Life Do the Singing” Award recipient at the 2022 NHAA, Inc. National Gala in New York.

Col. Briggs is an active member of Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, Virginia, and a staunch supporter of the church’s annual college fair where he played an instrumental role in fundraising for the Church to make its historic $1M gift to the National Museum of African American History in Washington, D.C.

Col. (Ret.) Briggs is married and has three children and three grandchildren. For more information on Alumni activities, click here.


Renowned Attorney and Financial Services Expert Felicia M. Gardner Receives 2023 Outstanding 20-Year Alumni Award


Hampton, Va. (May 19, 2023) – Hampton University honored Felicia M. Gardner, Esq., ’03, with the 2023 Outstanding 20-Year Alumni Award at its spring 2023 commencement ceremony on May 14.

The Charlotte, North Carolina, resident, was recognized for her distinguished career in the legal and financial services industries. As Associate General Counsel and Senior Vice President at Bank of America, Gardner led a team of eight associates and managed the bank’s employment-related litigation, agency charges and investigations, and compliance matters. Specifically, she worked to ensure enterprise compliance with the U.S. Department of Labor, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). She also monitored for, analyzed, and translated compensation law updates and cases surrounding pay transparency, payroll practices, wage and hour matters, and more. She managed a complex settlement through mediation; orchestrated end-to-end evaluations and process reviews to ensure OFCCP compliance, including downstream implications across the global human resources division; and advised on strategy for transformational process improvements.

Gardner, who earned her J.D. cum laude from Georgetown Law Center and B.S. summa cum laude from Hampton University, recently joined Moore & VanAllen PLLC as a member of their Employee Benefits and Compensation team. She launched her career at Johnson & Johnson, serving as a financial analyst to eventually become Senior Financial Analyst. In 2009, she joined the international law firm of McGuire Woods, LLP and rose through the ranks as an associate and then partner until 2018.

Gardner was recognized as a Charlotte Business Journal 40 Under 40 honoree in 2021 and named to the Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” list in 2019. She is an involved member of the Junior League of Charlotte, YMCA of Greater Charlotte, including as a member of its Diversity and Inclusion Global Committee, and the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. She is a dedicated volunteer with Thompson Child & Family Focus.

The Outstanding 20-Year Alumni Award is presented to those who have made significant contributions in their chosen fields, demonstrated the importance of their education at Hampton University, participated in leadership roles within the community, and proven a commitment to their alma mater. Gardner was nominated by the National Hampton Alumni Association, Inc.

For more information about Alumni activities, click here.


Hampton University Announces 2023 Distinguished Teaching Award Recipient

Educator Exemplifies Leadership Among Peers,Teacher-Scholar Model and Student Achievement


Hampton, Va. (May 19, 2023) – Dr. Demetris L. Geddis, Assistant Dean and Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering, SET – Electrical and Computer Engineering, received the 2023 Edward L. Hamm, Sr. Distinguished Teaching Award, an annual recognition of faculty excellence awarded by Hampton University President Darrell K. Williams during Commencement ceremony.

The award, endowed in 1994 by former Hampton University Trustee Edward L. Hamm, Jr., in honor of his father, recognizes one or two full-time faculty members who have been nominated by their peers and students and selected by the President. The award may be used to advance the scholar’s professional, intellectual, or cultural development.

Dr. Geddis earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Hampton University and Master of Science and Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Prior to joining HU, Dr. Geddis was an Associate Professor at Norfolk State University where he served as a Graduate Program Coordinator, Department Advising Coordinator, and Director of the Micro- and Nano- Technology Center Cleanroom. 

Dr. Geddis serves as the Vice-Chair of the Hampton Roads Section of IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. He is also Chair of the Photonics Society of Hampton Roads.  

For more information on the Hampton University Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, click: here


Two-Time Oscar Winner Ruth E. Carter Receives Honorary Doctorate from Her Alma Mater, Establishes Scholarship, and Announces New Book, “The Art of Ruth E. Carter,” During 153rd Commencement Weekend  


Hampton, Va. (May 18, 2023) — Hampton University alumna Ruth E. Carter received the honorary doctorate of humane letters from her alma mater during its 153rd Commencement Ceremony on May 14. Carter, a graduate of the class of 1982, won two Oscars for Costume Design for Black Panther and Wakanda Forever, making history as the first African-American woman to win in that category. Carter has earned 70 credits and collaborated with prolific directors, including Spike Lee, Steven Spielberg, Ava DuVernay, and Ryan Coogler. Her impressive body of work includes film and television projects such as Amistad, The Butler, Selma, Rosewood, School Daze, Coming to America, Do the Right Thing, Malcolm X, Marshal, and Yellowstone, among others. 

Carter, who was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2021, delivered this year’s keynote address to the more than 800 graduates and their families gathered in Armstrong Stadium, encouraging her fellow Pirates to “find your treasure,” she said. “Be a student of your profession, continue to improve your craft, and have faith in your foundation and make sacrifices today so your tomorrow is rewarded.”   

The Theatre Arts graduate also announced the Ruth E. Carter Scholarship as an effort to give back and help financially disadvantaged students. “She is a true daughter of our university and an amazing woman,” said Hampton University President Darrell K. Williams. “She personifies the Hampton standard of excellence.” 

On May 23, Carter will release her first book, “The Art of Ruth E. Carter: Costuming Black History and the Afrofuture, from Do the Right Thing to Black Panther,” providing readers and sartorial enthusiasts with a behind-the-scenes look of her legendary career working in film and television. Carter’s complete body of work is told through personal stories, process art, film stills, mood boards, and more. The book also reveals details of the prolific designer’s most iconic creations. For more information, visit: www.ruthecarter.com 

To view the Commencement ceremony, click here


Deloitte Foundation Renews and Expands its Scholarship Commitment to Hampton University with Additional $600,000 Pledge for Students Pursuing Business, Accounting, and STEM Majors 

HAMPTON, VA (May 16, 2023) — The Deloitte Foundation has made an additional grant commitment of $600,000 to Hampton University for renewable student scholarships supporting Hampton University students majoring in business, accounting, and STEM-related fields. The Foundation’s expanded commitment will fund scholarships for 20 students according to criteria established by Deloitte and selected by Hampton University who received the financial assistance as freshmen. Additionally, this funding will support the students through their sophomore, junior, and senior years, if they continue to meet the eligibility criteria. The expanded scholarship commitment will begin in Hampton’s 2023-2024 academic year and conclude in academic year 2025-2026.  

Each Deloitte Foundation scholarship recipient will receive $10,000 per year in funding to support their academic endeavors. 

Hampton University Darrell K. Williams said, “We are deeply grateful to the Deloitte Foundation for their leadership and their commitment to Hampton, and especially for their work to expand opportunities for diverse students in business, accounting, and STEM degree areas. Our selected students pursuing these disciplines can continue to significantly benefit from this extraordinary gift.” 

The overarching purpose of these scholarships is to help ensure the persistence, retention and graduation of students enrolled in the accounting, business, finance, engineering, computer science, or mathematics academic degree programs. Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management and Dean of Admission Angela Boyd, said, “This funding is important because it is critical that more students persist to graduation. There are many factors that shape student motivation to continue their academic journey, and not all of which are within the capacity of institutions to easily influence. That stated, funding and scholarship support is a very big deal and can inspire students to stay the course.” 

Deloitte Foundation President Erin Scanlon said,We recognize the challenge of affording a college education. That is why we are expanding our funding to help support these Hampton students for another three years with a hope to see them through the completion of their undergraduate degrees. We are thrilled to help them progress on their academic and career journeys.”  

Those who receive the scholarship have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, are majoring in accounting, business, computer science, information systems, finance, engineering, or mathematics, have demonstrated leadership and/or community service and have been determined to have financial need.  

Below are the prior Deloitte Foundation Scholars named by Hampton University in Academic Year 2022-2023. They each will receive a renewal on their scholarship support for Academic Year 2023-2024 and beyond, should they be returning students and continue to meet the criteria established.  

Lavearion Bates VA Computer Science 
Keana Beaufort GA Computer Engineering 
Dori Bob VA Business Management 
Tamia Booker VA Accounting 
Briana Bradley IL Computer Science 
Camiah Butler-Dungee PA Accounting 
Saffie Cherif MD Computer Science 
Anaya Efferson MD Computer Science 
Madison Johnson IN Business Administration 
Layla Kennedy SC Mathematics 
Damon Lee MD Computer Engineering 
Quentin Livingston VA Computer Engineering 
Johnny Matthews TX Computer Information Systems 
Elias Nelson-Clark TX Business Management 
Taylor Richardson MD Business Administration 
Monika Smith NY Finance 
Alyssa Smith SC Accounting 
Daniel Ufua MD Computer Engineering 
Zaynah Williams MN 5-Year MBA 
Kierra Wylie IN Business Management 

For more information, contact the Office of University Relations at 757.727.5350.  

About Hampton University 
Hampton University is a comprehensive institution of higher education, dedicated to the promotion of learning, building of character and preparation of promising students for positions of leadership and service. Its curriculum emphasis is scientific and professional with a strong liberal arts under girding. In carrying out its mission, the University requires that everything that it does be of the highest quality. A historically black institution, Hampton University is committed to multiculturalism. The University serves students from diverse national, cultural and economic backgrounds. Research and public service are integral parts of Hampton’s mission. In order to enhance scholarship and discovery, the faculty is engaged in writing, research, and grantsmanship. In achieving its mission, Hampton University offers exemplary programs and opportunities which enable students, faculty and staff to grow, develop and contribute to our society in a productive and useful manner. Visit www.hamptonu.edu for more information.  


About The Deloitte Foundation  

The Deloitte Foundation, founded in 1928, is a not-for-profit organization that supports education in the U.S. through a variety of initiatives that help develop the next generation of diverse business leaders, and their influencers, and promote excellence in teaching, research and curriculum innovation. The Foundation sponsors an array of national programs relevant to a variety of professional services, benefiting high school students, undergraduates, graduate students and educators. Learn more about the Deloitte Foundation 


Hampton University Partners with Kaplan to Offer Students Free Comprehensive Prep for Graduate-Level Admissions and Licensing Exams  

Hampton, VA (May 15, 2023) ⁠— Hampton University announced today that it will immediately begin providing all of its undergraduate students with free prep courses for graduate-level admissions exams, including the GRE®, GMAT®, LSAT®, MCAT®, DAT®, and OAT®; nurse licensing exam, the NCLEX-RN®; and teaching licensing exam, the PRAXIS®, through a new partnership with global educational services provider Kaplan.  

“I really wanted us to make an impact on the student experience this year, not next year, because we recognize the total cost of attending grad school is often an obstacle that blocks the student’s view of their potential. Our partnership with Kaplan signals a commitment to encouraging students to persist and complete their education. It is one piece of the puzzle that helps create the #1 experience we want to deliver to our students,” said Hampton University President Darrell K. Williams. “This historic agreement represents our intention to work with partners that share our belief that reducing the financial burden of preparing and sitting for admissions and licensing exams widens the pathway that leads to better performance and ultimately increases marketability and earning power.” 

Kaplan has prepared students for standardized tests for 85 years, and Hampton University is the newest HBCU partner for the company’s All Access initiative, joining Xavier University of Louisiana [businesswire.com]Howard University [thedig.howard.edu]Delaware State University [businesswire.com]Talladega College [businesswire.com]Stillman College [businesswire.com] and Fisk University [businesswire.com]Cleveland State University [businesswire.com] is also a partner and recently reported outstanding results [csuohio.edu] since signing on last year. As part of Kaplan’s All Access mission, colleges and universities can help their students prepare for a variety of high-stakes admissions and licensing exams that they need to take in order to reach their ultimate professional goals. 

“We are excited to bring Kaplan’s comprehensive All Access services to Hampton undergrads and work with university leaders to help them deliver a transformational educational experience. By becoming an All Access partner, Hampton University is showing its commitment to their students, seeing in them future successful leaders in a wide variety of industries, from business to law to medicine and so much more,” said James Polulach, director of institutional partnerships, Kaplan. “Many students understandably see exams as a barrier, instead of an opportunity, whether because of the price of preparation or because of how difficult the exam is. Through this partnership, we’re tearing down those barriers to make it easier for Hampton students to reach their full potential.” 

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About Hampton University 

Hampton University is a comprehensive institution of higher education. For more than 150 years, it has been dedicated to the promotion of learning, building of character and preparation of promising students for positions of leadership and service. It emphasizes a scientific and professional curriculum with a strong liberal arts undergirding. In carrying out its mission, the University requires that everything that it does be of the highest quality. A historically black institution, Hampton University is committed to multiculturalism. The University serves students from diverse national, cultural and economic backgrounds. Research and public service are integral parts of Hampton’s mission. In order to enhance scholarship and discovery, the faculty is engaged in writing, research, and grantsmanship. In achieving its mission, Hampton University offers exemplary programs and opportunities which enable students, faculty and staff to grow, develop and contribute to our society in a productive and useful manner. Visit www.hamptonu.edu.  

About Kaplan 

Kaplan, Inc. is a global educational services company that helps individuals and institutions advance their goals in an ever-changing world. Our broad portfolio of solutions help students and professionals further their education and careers, universities and educational institutions attract and support students, and businesses maximize employee recruitment, retainment, and development. Stanley Kaplan founded our company in 1938 with a mission to expand educational opportunities for students of all backgrounds. Today, our thousands of employees working in 26 countries continue Stanley’s mission as they serve about 1.2 million students and professionals, 13,000 corporate clients, and 4,000 schools, school districts, colleges, and universities worldwide. Kaplan is a subsidiary of the Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC). Learn more at www.kaplan.com [kaplan.com].  

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U. S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona Visits Hampton University for a Roundtable Discussion with Students and Local College Leaders

Hampton, Va. (May 8, 2023) – Hampton University hosted a campus visit for U.S. Secretary of Education Cardona who led a roundtable conversation with Hampton University students and local college leaders about the importance of wrap around services in order to support students throughout college.  

Federal Covid funds were used by many universities to help students stay enrolled, for debt removal, and living expenses.  “It’s good to see that many universities were able to continue to function and keep their students as a result of the federal dollars,” said Secretary Cardona. “The word ‘intentional’ was mentioned a lot today,” said Secretary Cardona. “We know two year schools are very malleable, but four year schools have a role because we’re talking about millions of jobs.”

 “We have a wonderful product at Hampton University,” said Hampton University President Darrell K. Williams. “But like most universities, it’s not inexpensive to attend.  I want to thank the Administration right up front for the Covid funding.”

Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03), who co-facilitated the discussion, stated the debt relief funds were largely invested in supporting the Hampton University Proton Cancer Therapy Institute and providing debt relief for students.

Secretary Cardona asked students to describe their experience at Hampton and how it will impact their future. Graduating Senior Marketing major, Taylor Thomas, who shared she was raised in a single parent home, has accepted a position with Dow Jones.  “Hampton University has prepped me for the job. I learned how to navigate different personalities and perspectives to go into the real world and expand,” she said.

For more information, visit: https://www.ed.gov/

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Hampton Alumna and Two-Time Oscar Winner Ruth E. Carter to Deliver Keynote at 153rd Commencement Ceremony

Prolific Costume Designer and History Maker Returns to Alma Mater


Hampton, Va. (April 26, 2023) — Hampton University announced today that Ruth E. Carter, a 1982 Theatre Arts graduate, will address the class of 2023 at the 153rd Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 14, 2023, at 10 a.m. at Armstrong Stadium.

Carter, renowned as a visual storyteller, made history as the first Black woman to achieve two Oscars for best costume design for her work in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, earning Marvel Studios their first Oscar recognition. The highly sought-after designer received the 2018 Academy Award for Achievement in Costume Design for Marvel’s Black Panther, becoming the first African American to win in this specific category. She continues to make history in the entertainment industry, as Carter recently earned the Best Costume Design Award at the 28th annual Critics’ Choice Awards for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

Initially, Carter pursued acting, but her work in the college wardrobe department led her to discover the art of costumer design. Now, with over 70 film, television and theater projects to her credit, the acclaimed Oscar winner has mastered the art of incorporating the history of the Black experience into her designs, envisioning the clothing and overall appearance of a character or performer in multiple periods and genres. Carter has collaborated with prolific directors, including Spike Lee, Ava DuVernay, Steven Spielberg, and Ryan Coogler on projects including Do the Right Thing, Amistad, and the television reboot of Roots. Carter is the first Costume Designer to cross over into fashion with a Conscious Collection collaboration with H&M featuring Carter’s ‘90s street inspired look from early films. Critics say Carter’s costumes tell stories so intriguing and memorable they influence music, fashion, culture, and film-making and help us to understand ourselves better.

In 2019, Carter was the subject of an episode of Abstract, a Netflix documentary series highlighting artists working the in the field of design, and recognized with the Costume Designers Guild’s Career Achievement Award. In 2021, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The legendary designer graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hampton University and holds an honorary doctorate from Suffolk University.

For more information on Commencement visit:  https://home.hamptonu.edu/graduation/