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List Rules People on this list must have gone to South Carolina State University and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from South Carolina State University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from South Carolina State University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished South Carolina State University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended South Carolina State University are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from South Carolina State University.

These graduates, like Deacon Jones and Harry Carson include images when available.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to South Carolina State University?” and “Which celebrities are South Carolina State University alumni?”

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Ernest Everett Just is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
Ernest Everett Just Biologist, Teacher Ernest Everett Just was a pioneering African-American biologist, academic and science writer. Just's primary legacy is his recognition of the fundamental role of the cell surface in the ...more

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Phillip Adams is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
Phillip Adams Journalist, Film Producer, Actor Phillip Andrew Hedley Adams, AO, FAHA, FRSA is an Australian humanist, social commentator, broadcaster, public intellectual and farmer. He hosts an ABC Radio National program, Late Night Live, ...more

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Deacon Jones is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
Deacon Jones Actor, Singer, American football player David D. "Deacon" Jones was an American football defensive end in the National Football League for the Los Angeles Rams, San Diego Chargers, and the Washington Redskins. He was ...more

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Harry Carson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
Harry Carson American football player Harold Donald Carson is a former American football inside linebacker who played his entire professional career for the NFL's New York Giants. Carson was inducted into the College Football Hall ...more

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Benjamin Mays is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
Benjamin Mays Writer Benjamin Elijah Mays was an American black minister, educator, sociologist, social activist and the president of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia from 1940 to 1967. Mays was also a ...more

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Jim Clyburn is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
Jim Clyburn Politician James Enos "Jim" Clyburn is the U.S. Representative for South Carolina's 6th congressional district, serving since 1993, and the Assistant Democratic Leader since 2011. He was ...more

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Marion Motley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
Marion Motley American football player Marion Motley was an American Football fullback and linebacker who played for the Cleveland Browns in the All-America Football Conference and National Football League. He was a leading ...more

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Armstrong Williams is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
Armstrong Williams Journalist, Author, Radio personality Armstrong Williams is an American political commentator, entrepreneur, author of a nationally syndicated conservative newspaper column, and host of a daily radio show and a nationally syndicated ...more

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Ron Westray is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
Ron Westray Trombonist Ronald Kenneth Westray, Jr. is an American jazz trombonist, composer, and educator. He holds a B.A. from South Carolina State University and a Master of Arts degree from Eastern Illinois ...more

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Henry Doctor, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
Henry Doctor, Jr. Lieutenant General Henry Doctor, Jr. was the Commanding General, 2nd Infantry Division, Eighth United States Army, based in the Republic of Korea. His last assignment was as an Inspector General ...more

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Donovan Richard is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
Donovan Richard American football player Donovan Richard is an American football linebacker.

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Orlando Brown is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
Orlando Brown American football player Orlando Claude "Zeus" Brown was an American football player who played offensive tackle in the NFL. He attended Howard D. Woodson High School. He was released by the Baltimore Ravens ...more

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Amos M. Gailliard Jr. is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
Amos M. Gailliard Jr. Politician Amos Gailliard was the son of famed musician and trombone player, Amos Gailliard.

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Willie Aikens is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
Willie Aikens Baseball player Willie Mays Aikens is a former Major League Baseball first baseman. He had established himself as one of the top sluggers in the game before drugs derailed his career. In 1994, Aikens was ...more

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Houston Person is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
Houston Person Record producer, Songwriter, Musician Houston Person is an American jazz tenor saxophonist and record producer. Although he has performed in the hard bop and swing genres, he is most experienced in and best known for his work in ...more

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Robert Porcher is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
Robert Porcher American football player Robert Porcher is a former American football defensive end. He played college football for Willie Jeffries at South Carolina State University. He played for the Detroit Lions his entire ...more

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William Judson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
William Judson American football player William Thadius Judson, Sr. is a former professional American football player who played cornerback for eight seasons for the Miami Dolphins. His son, William Judson, Jr., played college ...more

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Anthony Cook is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
Anthony Cook American football player Anthony Andrew Cook is a former American football defensive end in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins and the Houston Oilers. He played college football for Willie Jeffries ...more

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Willie Holman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
Willie Holman American football player Willie Joseph Holman was an American football defensive end in the National Football League for the Chicago Bears and the Washington Redskins. He played college football at South Carolina State ...more

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Barney Bussey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
Barney Bussey American football player Barney Bussey is a former American football safety. Bussey was born in Lincolnton, Georgia. He attended high school at Lincoln County High School in Lincolnton where he was a major reason behind ...more

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Barney Chavous is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
Barney Chavous American football player Barney Lewis Chavous is a former American football defensive end in the National Football League. He was drafted in the second round of the 1973 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos after playing ...more

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John Gilliam is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
John Gilliam American football player John Rally Gilliam is a former American football wide receiver. He has owned a number of businesses, and for two years he worked for a radio station in Atlanta. He has made his home in Atlanta ...more

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Charlie Brown is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
Charlie Brown American football player Charles Brown is a former professional American football wide receiver in the National Football League for six seasons for the Washington Redskins and Atlanta Falcons. He was nicknamed ...more

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Chartric Darby is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
Chartric Darby American football player Chartric "Chuck" Terrell Darby is a former American football defensive tackle. He was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent in 2001. He played college football ...more

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Donnie Shell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
Donnie Shell American football player Donnie Shell is a former American Football strong safety for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the National Football League between 1974 and 1987. Shell was a member of the Steelers famed Steel Curtain ...more

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Dwayne Harper is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
Dwayne Harper American football player Dwayne Harper is a former professional American football cornerback who played 12 seasons in the National Football League. He started in Super Bowl XXIX for the San Diego Chargers.

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Edwin Bailey is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
Edwin Bailey American football player Edwin Raymond Bailey was a guard in the National Football League. Bailey attended South Carolina State University and eventually earned his degree at Charter Oak State College. He was the New ...more

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Ernest A. Finney, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
Ernest A. Finney, Jr. Judge Ernest Adolphus Finney, Jr. was the first African-American Supreme Court Justice appointed to the South Carolina Supreme Court since the Reconstruction Era. He currently resides in Sumter, South ...more

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Abraham J. Turner is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
Abraham J. Turner Politician Abraham J. Turner is a retired Major General of the United States Army and is the Executive Director of the Department of Employment and Workforce in South Carolina.

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Essie Mae Washington-Williams is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
Essie Mae Washington-Williams Essie Mae Washington-Williams was an American teacher and writer. She is best known as the natural and oldest child of Strom Thurmond, Governor of South Carolina and longtime United States ...more

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Rufus Bess is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
Rufus Bess American football player Rufus T. Bess, Jr. is a former professional American football cornerback in the NFL for the Oakland Raiders, Buffalo Bills, and the Minnesota Vikings. He played college football at South ...more

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Joe Montford is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
Joe Montford American football player Joe Montford is a Canadian and American football defensive end. Montford was released by the Edmonton Eskimos prior to the 2006 season after playing one year with the team. He has also played ...more

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Roderick Blakney is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
Roderick Blakney Roderick Bertrand Blakney is a naturalized Bulgarian former professional basketball player .

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Lewis Kelly is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
Lewis Kelly American football player Lewis Kelly is a former American football offensive guard for the Minnesota Vikings and the New York Giants. He has three children: Lewis Jr., Michelle, and Broughton.

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Kenny Bynum is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
Kenny Bynum American football player Kenneth Bernard "Kenny" Bynum is a former American football running back in the National Football League. He played for the San Diego Chargers. The 5'11", 191 pound running back ...more

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Stephen Twitty is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
Stephen Twitty Stephen M. Twitty is a United States Army General Officer; he is currently commanding general of Fort Bliss and 1st Armored Division. Major General Twitty was awarded the Silver Star Medal, ...more

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Kay Patterson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
Kay Patterson Kay Patterson is a Democratic member of the South Carolina Senate, representing the 19th District since 1985. He was previously a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1975 ...more

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Arther Love is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
Arther Love American football player Arther Lee Love is a former professional American football tight end for the New England Patriots of the National Football League.

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Matthew J. Perry is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
Matthew J. Perry Matthew James Perry Jr. was a United States federal judge. Born in Columbia, South Carolina, Perry was in the United States Army from 1943 to 1946, and then received a Bachelor of Science degree ...more

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Richard G. Shaw is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
Richard G. Shaw Richard G. Shaw, generally known as Rick Shaw, served as Insurance Commissioner for the State of West Virginia from 1977-1985, under incumbent Governor Jay Rockefeller. Shaw was the first ...more

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Andrew Hugine, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
Andrew Hugine, Jr. Andrew Hugine, Jr. is the current President of Alabama A&M University. He was formerly the President of South Carolina State University. Hugine earned a Bachelor of Science in mathematics ...more

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Lucy Craft Laney is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
Lucy Craft Laney Lucy Craft Laney was an early African-American educator who in 1883 founded the first school for black children in Augusta, Georgia. She was principal of the Haines Institute for Industrial and ...more

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Freddie L. Solomon is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
Freddie L. Solomon Freddie Lee Solomon, Jr. is a former professional American football player who played wide receiver for three seasons for the Philadelphia Eagles in the National Football League. He continued ...more

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Wendell Tucker is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
Wendell Tucker Wendell Edward Tucker is a former professional American football player who played wide receiver for four seasons for the Los Angeles Rams.

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Zach Thomas is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
Zach Thomas Zachary Dwayne Thomas is a former American football wide receiver of the National Football League. He was signed by the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent in 1983. He played college ...more

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Willie Jeffries is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
Willie Jeffries American Football coach, Coach Willie E. Jeffries, is a former American football coach. He served as the head football coach at South Carolina State University for 19 seasons in two stints, five seasons at Wichita State ...more

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Clifford L. Stanley is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
Clifford L. Stanley Clifford Lee Stanley was the United States Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, having resigned that office in 2011.

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Dextor Clinkscale is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
Dextor Clinkscale Dextor Clinkscale is a former American football safety in the National Football League. He was signed by the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 1980. He played college football at ...more

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Raleigh Roundtree is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
Raleigh Roundtree Raleigh Roundtree is a former American football offensive guard in the National Football League who played seven seasons in the NFL from 1997-2003. He played his first five seasons for the San ...more

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George B. Price is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous South Carolina State University Alumni
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