Virginia State University to Be the First HBCU to Host a 2024 Presidential Debate

Virginia State University has announced that it has been chosen by the Commission on Presidential Debates to host a 2024 Presidential Debate. Virginia State University is the first historically Black college or university ever selected to host a general election U.S. Presidential Debate. The debate, scheduled for October 1, 2024, is the second of three scheduled general election presidential debates. The debate will take place in the university’s Multipurpose Center.

“We are honored and grateful to have been chosen as a host for a 2024 Presidential Debate,” said Makola M. Abdullah, president of Virginia State University. “This is a historic moment for our university and for 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.”

“We have always been committed to excellence, inclusivity, and civic engagement,” added Eldon Burton, assistant vice president for government relations. “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.”

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