HAMPTON, Va. (February 25, 2020) – Prospective graduate students packed the Hampton University Student Center Ballroom on Saturday, February 8, 2020, to tour campus, meet with faculty and staff from different departments, and receive information about financial aid and scholarships. Prospective students were also able to receive on-site review of applications.
“Hampton University is a research university. We expect greatness from our graduate students. Here, we focus on character-building, leadership and a Standard of Excellence that sets our students apart from any other institution in this country,” said Hampton University President, Dr. William R. Harvey.
Dr. Michelle Penn-Marshall, Dean of the Hampton University Graduate College, welcomed the prospective students to this annual event. “It is my pleasure to welcome each of you to our 8th Annual Graduate College Day. Hampton University is affectionately known as our ‘Home by the Sea.’ We are so pleased that you are seriously considering enrolling in one of our graduate programs,” said Dr. Penn-Marshall. “The growth of our academic reputation has brought unprecedented opportunity for our stellar university faculty to collaborate world-wide. They are collaborating on research, cancer imaging, studies that will ease transportation problems, minimizing the effects of sea level rise and that’s only naming a few of them. Our scientists take a transdisciplinary approach to the treatment of cancer and we are saving lives and easing human misery with our proton therapy institute, which is the largest free-standing proton cancer facility in the world.”
Potential students were given a packet of information about the graduate programs, agenda for the day, and information about financial aid. There was also a raffle where attendees won different Hampton University paraphernalia. One of the students brought a family member who traveled all the way from Peru to attend the event.
Dr. JoAnn W. Haysbert, Hampton University Chancellor and Provost, was also in attendance, speaking to the prospective students about how Graduate College Day came to exist. “Most of you are probably familiar with the concept of High School Day. That has been going on at Hampton University for many years now. Eight years ago, we decided to rival High School Day and also take the time to recognize those students that we are looking forward to welcoming into our graduate program and hence, Graduate College Day was born,” Dr. Haysbert said. “I am so very proud of the changes that we have made and the achievements we have received as a result of implementing Graduate College Day. When it comes to the graduate college, its students and Hampton University, we are a research institution. What you do as you become a part of this institution, is going to help the rise of this university.”
Students also heard from several speakers including Dr. Deidre Gibson, Chair of the Department of Marine and Environmental Science; Mrs. Karen Ranking, Graduate College Admission Counselor; and Mr. Tim Crossin, President of the Organization of Graduate Students.
For more information about Hampton University’s graduate programs, click here: http://www.hamptonu.edu/academics/schools/gradcol.cfm