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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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