Virginia State University to host US presidential debate

The United States Commission on Presidential Debates has decided that the Virginia State University (VSU) in Petersburg, Virginia, should host one of the three 2024 general election’s presidential debates. From its establishment in 1987, the bipartisan committee has supported every presidential debate in the general election. 

VSU has welcomed the honour of being the first Historically Black College or University (HBCU) to be chosen to host a U.S. Presidential Debate during the general election.  

The first debate this year will be taking place at the Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, on September 16. The second debate will be at the Virginia State University on October 1, 2024. There will be also be a third single vice presidential debate at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania on September 25. 

VSU’s choice to hold a presidential debate in 2024 is indicative of the university’s dedication to developing political discourse and preparing the next generation of leaders. The debate will give the candidates a chance to discuss their views, have a productive conversation, and demonstrate their leadership qualities.  

“We are honored and grateful to have been chosen as a host for a 2024 Presidential Debate,” said VSU President Dr. Makola M. Abdullah. “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 incredibly honoured and thrilled to be a part of meaningful conversations on significant issues that influence the country, even though it is aware that organising a national debate requires a great deal of preparation.

The university will host the October 1 debate at the VSU Multipurpose Centre. According to the university, the Multipurpose Centre is the perfect location because of its cutting-edge audiovisual capabilities and contemporary conveniences.  

VSU will also give further updates as they are released by the Commission on Presidential Debates as the debate date draws near. In order to guarantee a successful and seamless event, the institution is looking forward to collaborating closely with the Commission.

“We have always been committed to excellence, inclusivity, and civic engagement,” said Eldon Burton, VSU Assistant Vice President for Government Relations. “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.” 

Established in 1882, the Virginia State University is a land-grant, public, historically black university that provides academic programmes over 5,100 students. 


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