@HamptonU_Alumni @badboyhorn44 May 14


My daily post theme for 2017 is on Colleges and Universities.

The plan for starting my blog back in 2014 was at the urging of fellow coaching colleagues to share posts on leadership and/or motivation. Somehow that idea got derailed and turned into daily posts on one theme for an entire year.

In 2014 my daily posts were on the “Beer of the Day”, 2015 it was “A Friend of a Friend”, 2016 I wrote about “North Carolina”, and for 2017 I will focus on “Colleges and Universities”.

I have been associated with colleges since I was 18 and I love them. I have coached/worked at four different universities and in my professional and personal travels visited 100’s more. Each college has something in its history that I want to share that to me make it unique or personal.

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Name of University: Hampton University

Location: Hampton VA

Today is Mother’s Day and a number of colleges have commencement on Mother’s Day including Hampton University located in Hampton VA which is part of the great Tidewater Area of Southeast Virginia. Hampton always conducts its commencement on Mother’s Day. One of many notable Hampton Graduate include Booker T. Washington and former NBA great Rick Mahorn.

The photo on the left shows Hampton’s 2010 Commencement when then President Barack Obama delivered the Commencement Address.

Hampton University (also HU, or Home by the Sea) is a private historically black university (HBCU) located in Hampton, Virginia, United States. It was founded in 1868 by black and white leaders of the American Missionary Association after the American Civil War to provide education to freedmen. One of those white leaders was General Samuel Armstrong.


The campus is situated on a beautiful piece of property with lots of waterfront.


I have been associated with UNC Pembroke most of my professional life and am very proud of its strong ties to American Indian education. I was surprised to learn that Hampton in its past educated American Indians.

In 1878, a group of Native Americans arrived in Hampton from Fort Sill, where they had been imprisoned at the close of the Red River War. No longer considered dangerous, they were sent to Hampton at the request of General Armstrong. These seventy men and women became the first American Indian students at Hampton and began a Native American education program that spanned more than 40 years, with the last student graduating in 1923.




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