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Wilberforce University is pleased to announce the investiture of Dr. Vann R. Newkirk Sr. This event will take place on March 22, 2024.  Additional events are scheduled to take place from March 20th thru 23rd, 2024.

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For delegates and others representing other organizations please Click Here or email us at to register.

Please join the Wilberforce University family in celebrating this milestone.

The Wilberforce University Presidential Inaugural  Committee



Thursday, March 21st

Doors Open 8:30 AM

Event Starts 9:00 AM
Louis Stokes Health and Wellness Center | Aerobics Room

Panel Discussion: Private Education: “Reimagining Student Success”


Friday, March 22nd

10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Alumni-Multiplex | Gym

For RSVPs to the event, please click here or email us at to register.

Friday, March 22nd

Immediately following Ceremony
Louis Stokes Health & Wellness Center | Aerobics Room

Friday, March 22nd                                                                                                  Doors Open: 5:30 PM

Event Starts: 6:00 PM                                                        

In honor of Dr. Vann R. Newkirk Sr. Investiture as the 23rd President of Wilberforce University inaugural Events on March 23rd, we are pleased to invite you to the Presidents Reception at the Hilton Gardens Inn. This gathering will bring together more than 200 Alumni, Higher Education, civic and business leaders, education professionals, and guests from across America, all with the common goal of progressing Wilberforce University.

The 2024 Wilberforce University’s Presidential Reception is a dedicated event aimed at offering vital financial support and raising awareness for the Wilberforce mission. Wilberforce University plays a crucial role in positively transforming the lives of our students by providing access to a college education for students from underrepresented communities—serving as a gateway to fulfilling careers, active citizenship, and community service.

As the First Private HBCU, your support will enable our students that are on campus now and the ones that will continue to seek educational opportunities to concentrate on their education without the burden of financial constraints. Despite the significant achievements and obstacles that Wilberforce has overcome, there is still much work to be done. We remain devoted to creating opportunities for more students from similar economic backgrounds to access higher education. As a valued historic member of our community, we invite you to join us in this noble mission to raise funds to support the future.

Your partnership and support represent an investment in cultivating a powerful future workforce of business and community leaders, and potentially creating a future that we cannot even imagine. We express our gratitude for your steadfast support of Wilberforce University, its students, and the alumni that carry the proud legacy the thousands for graduates from this hallowed ground that we must fight to keep vibrant and flourishing into the next millennia. Your dedication serves as the driving force for the advancement of our Wilberforce University community. Together, we actively contribute to making a meaningful difference, steering towards a brighter future for all.

Your Donations are greatly appreciated!

The First. The Future. The Force. 


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