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Founder’s Day Celebration

January 28 All day

HU Alumna Racquel Oden, of HSBC Bank USA, to Address the 131st Founder’s Day, Jan. 28

HU Alumna Racquel Oden, of HSBC Bank USA, to Address the 131st Founder’s Day, Jan. 28


Hampton, Va. (November 20, 2023) – Hampton University is proud to welcome Alumna Racquel Oden ‘98, managing director, HSBC Bank USA, as the keynote speaker for the 131st Founder’s Day on Sunday, Jan. 28th, at 11:30am in Robert C. Ogden Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

“It is indeed an honor to welcome Keynote Speaker and Hamptonian Racquel Oden back to her alma mater,” said HU President Darrell K. Williams. “I am also proud to continue in the Hampton tradition of celebrating Founder’s Day. Our visionary founder, General Samuel Chapman Armstrong, believed in ‘an education that encompassed the head, the heart, and the hands.’ We look forward to continuing his principles.”

Founder’s Day activities will also include the commemorative wreath-placing ceremony at the gravesite of HU’s founder, Brigadier General Samuel Chapman Armstrong, in the HU Cemetery at 9:30 a.m.

Oden has enjoyed a career in finance that spans over two decades. Oden was recently named the head of Wealth and Personal Banking for HSBC Bank USA, leading the bank’s wealth management, global private banking and retail businesses in the US and distribution for Latin America. Oden joined HSBC from JPMorgan Chase where she was Managing Director and Head of Network Expansion overseeing the Consumer Bank’s growth strategy and branch network in 25 states. She previously led the Consumer Bank’s National Sales team servicing 20 million customers in 48 states and driving sales across the firm.

Oden received an M.B.A. from HU and a B.A. in Political Science from James Madison University.

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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.