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Virginia State University to be the first HBCU to host a General Election Presidential Debate

Margaret Minnicks
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Virginia State University (VSU) in Petersburg, Virginia announced on Monday, November 20, 2023, that it has been chosen by the Commission on Presidential Debates to host a 2024 Presidential Debate.

This is the first Historically Black College or University (HBCU) ever selected to host a General Election U.S. Presidential Debate.

VSU President Dr. Makola M. Abdullah said:

“We are honored and grateful to have been chosen as a host for a 2024 Presidential Debate. 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 to the GREATER at VSU.”

VSU is extremely honored and excited

Virginia State University recognizes that a tremendous amount of preparation goes into hosting a national debate. However, the HBCU it is extremely honored and excited to be a part of meaningful conversations on important issues that impact the nation.

Dates of the 2024 General Election Presidential Debates:

  1. September 16: San Marcos, Texas
  2. September 25: Easton, Pennsylvania
  3. October 1: Petersburg, Virginia
  4. October 9: Salt Lake City

The debate will take in the VSU Multipurpose Center, a state-of-the-art facility that is well-equipped to accommodate such a high-profile event.

Eldon Burton, VSU Assistant Vice President for Government Relations, said:

“We have always been committed to excellence, inclusivity, and civic engagement, 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 university eagerly anticipates working closely with the Commission to ensure a successful and smooth event.

As the date of the debate approaches, Virginia State University will provide updates when they are announced by the Commission on Presidential Debates.


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