November 24th 2023.
Virginia State University (VSU) is set to make history for historically Black colleges and universities, as they have been chosen to host the second presidential debate of the 2024 general election season. This will be the first time an HBCU has been selected to host a presidential debate, with the event set to take place on October 2 of next year.
VSU President, Dr. Makola Abdullah, expressed his gratitude for the opportunity in a news release. “We are honored and grateful to have been chosen as a host for a 2024 Presidential Debate,” he said. “This is a historic moment for our university and HBCUs nationwide. Our university mantra is 'Greater Happens Here,' and we look forward to welcoming the candidates, the Commission on Presidential Debates, and the entire nation to the Greater at VSU.”
The historic event will be held at the school’s Multipurpose Center, located 20 minutes outside Virginia’s capitol city of Richmond. VSU is proud to provide a platform for political discourse and social change, and the presidential debate will only further its placement as a hub for diverse future leaders.
“We have always been committed to excellence, inclusivity, and civic engagement,” said the school’s Assistant Vice President for Government Relations, Eldon Burton. “This incredible achievement will undoubtedly leave a lasting impact on the campus community, the university’s reputation, and the nation as a whole. Now people will know that not only does Greater Happen at VSU, but history happens here as well.”
The candidates for the 2024 presidential election have yet to be determined, but the debate is sure to be groundbreaking for the country, especially for HBCUs. Virginia State University is proud to be the first HBCU to host a General Election U.S. Presidential Debate and looks forward to welcoming the nation to the Greater at VSU.
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