• Actor Hill Harper Delivers Keynote Address at 'Celebrating 50 Years' Feb. 25

    Actor Hill Harper Delivers Keynote Address at 'Celebrating 50 Years' Feb. 25
    Valdosta State University’s yearlong celebration of 50 years of integration culminated with “Celebrating 50 Years,” featuring award-winning actor, bestselling author and activist Hill Harper.

  • 50 Years: A Celebration of Inclusion

    50 Years: A Celebration of Inclusion
    Fifty years ago, the first two African American students arrived on the campus, leading the way for integration at Valdosta State College. Join Valdosta State University in 50 Years of Integration: A Celebration of Inclusion.

  • Skip McDonald, Valdosta State's first black Homecoming queen

    Skip McDonald, Valdosta State's first black Homecoming queen
    Skip is one of many Pioneers of Integration who attended VSU's Homecoming 2013. She was crowned homecoming queen in February 1974.

  • Robert Pierce

    Robert Pierce
    Robert Pierce, the institution's first African-American male student, serves as a Pioneer of Integration at Valdosta State University.

  • Drewnell Thomas

    Drewnell Thomas
    Drewnell Thomas, the institution's first African-American female student, serves as a Pioneer of Integration at Valdosta State University.

A Celebration of Inclusion

The official kickoff for the celebration was September 18, which marks
50 years since Valdosta State welcomed its first two African-American students
for their first day of classes.

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