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Founders Day

During a time when it was believed that many African Americans’ prospects were limited, there were those who knew that a future offering great possibilities was achievable. And so, Norfolk State University was established in the midst of the Great Depression, opening its doors on September 18, 1935. It became a vessel for new and exciting opportunities for the region’s youth.

Named the Norfolk Unit of Virginia Union University at its founding, Norfolk State was the last historically black institution established in the Commonwealth of Virginia. By 1969, Norfolk State began its transformation into a vibrant, independent college and in 1979, it obtained university status. As the University celebrates its founding with a week of events, Norfolk State remains a source of inspiration for those who aspire to fulfill their dreams of attaining a college education and earning a degree.

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