Platform guests. Nelson Mandela seated second from left. The commencement ceremony was held outside at the A.W. Mumford Stadium. Southern University has not had an outdoor commencement in over 30 years.
Nelson Mandela dressed in commencement regalia. Nelson Mandela giving the Commencement address at the Southern University Commencement Ceremony. The commencement ceremony was held outside at the A.W. Mumford Stadium. Southern University has not...
Commissioned Officer; Virginia Normal and Industrial Institute.
Virginus Johnston was a 1913 graduate of the Virginia Normal and Industrial Institute. Virginus was one of five Virginia State University graduates to be commissioned an officer in the 92nd division during World War I.
Not many HBCUs had Reserve Officers Training Corps, at the beginning of World War I. James Nicholas, who will graduate from Virginia State and become a full professor at Virginia State and Rector of the Board of Visitors, was a member of this corp.