Hampton University Graduates First-Ever All Woman Doctoral Candidates in Departments of Education & Counseling


May 22, 2024

They did that!

Hampton University made history with its cohorts of all-female doctoral candidates from the Department of Education and the Department of Counseling. This remarkable group of women is paving the way for future generations, breaking barriers, and exemplifying excellence in their fields. The university’s official Instagram account proudly showcased this milestone, celebrating their dedication, passion, and trailblazing spirit.

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The historic recognition of these doctoral candidates was part of Hampton University’s 154th Commencement. According to a statement from the university, the ceremony was a significant event, conferring degrees to more than 665 graduates, including the university’s youngest graduate to date and the largest group of doctoral degree recipients. This year’s commencement not only highlighted academic achievements but also celebrated the resilience and adaptability of the Class of 2024, who successfully navigated the transition from virtual to in-person learning environments.

In his inspiring address to the 2024 graduates, Hampton University President Darrell K. Williams emphasized the importance of servant leadership and the profound impact of this graduating class. He highlighted their numerous accomplishments, which include winning regional and national awards, speaking and singing at the White House, presenting research papers at national conferences, earning full-ride scholarships for advanced degrees, and securing jobs at Fortune 500 companies.

“We celebrate not just your academic achievements, but also your profound impact on our community and the world at large,” said President Williams. “You are a symbol of our institutional success, our Hamptonian brilliance, and a manifestation of our ‘Standard of Excellence.’”


The all-female doctoral candidates from the Departments of Education and Counseling are true exemplars of this standard of excellence. Their achievements highlight the university’s commitment to fostering academic brilliance and community leadership. As these women step into new roles as educators, counselors, and leaders, they carry forward the legacy of Hampton University’s dedication to education and empowerment.

As we celebrate these incredible women and their achievements, we look forward to the continued impact they will have on their communities and the world.

Cover photo: Hampton University Graduates First-Ever All Woman Doctoral Candidates in Departments of Education & Counseling / Credit: Hampton University/Instagram

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