HAMPTON, Va. (November 10, 2018) – The Hampton University Office of Admission welcomed over 1,500 high school students, parents and guardians, including 101 students who were invited to the Honors Visitation program, during the 2018 Fall Open House on November 10, 2018.
Prospective Hampton University students, parents and guardians began the day with a formal welcome in the Hampton University Convocation Center from HU Administrators, members of the Student Recruitment Team, newly crowned Miss Hampton, Ludgwidg Louizaire, and Hampton University President, Dr. William R. Harvey, where he thanked parents on their willingness to attend this event.
“There are so many challenges that are facing today’s youth, and quite frankly, many do not have the skills to cope. They need guidance like you and I did. They need support from those who can serve as role models in their everyday lives. They need role models to talk about what is going on in their lives. Not role models you only see on TV and in the movies, they need role models who are interested in their lives, role models who desire for them to have a bright future,” said Dr. Harvey. “Your continued support and encouragement is critical to their success. So I’m thanking you for your presence, your participation and your persistence. Together, we can make a difference in these young people’s lives.”
The day also included a guided campus tour for all attendees, as well as student and parent panel discussions. An Academic and Administrative Services Fair hosted in Hampton’s three-story state of the art Student Center allowed the prospective students, parents and guardians to meet representatives from all academic departments plus Residence Life, Freshman Studies, Honors College, Student Financial Aid and other student services departments.
The annual Open House is organized by the Hampton University Office of Admission. “I think that people are pleased with what they’ve seen thus far, and I think they are pleased with the organization of it. I think they are impressed by our students, and they are excited about the future for their children,” said Angela Boyd, Hampton University Dean of Admission.
Jada Orie, prospective student from Hampton, VA, really enjoyed her first official visit to campus. “It’s been a really great day. The welcome and the campus tour really showed me a lot about Hampton University that I didn’t know before,” said Orie. “I’m a dancer and so I’d love to continue dancing in college and I want to study business and be in a program at the best school, because I want to be the best.”
Tony Harris, a prospective parent from Charlotte, NC, came to the Open House to check out the school that his daughter will be calling her ‘Home by the Sea’ next year. “When we were looking at colleges, we were looking for a school of excellence, with a sure foundation. We also were looking at the athletic program for track and field,” Harris said. “We like the long history of Hampton University and we’ve heard from many individuals we know that have graduated and all the awesome things they have had to say about it, so we know our daughter will have a great experience here.”