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

List of famous alumni from Virginia State University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Virginia State University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Virginia State University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Virginia 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 Virginia State University.

Items include everything from Wale to T. D. Jakes.

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

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Gaye Adegbalola is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Virginia State University Alumni
Guitarist, Singer Gaye Adegbalola is an American blues singer and guitarist, teacher, lecturer, activist, and photographer.

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Mary Hatwood Futrell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Virginia State University Alumni
Educator Mary Hatwood Futrell is an educator.

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Billy Taylor is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Virginia State University Alumni
Jazz Pianist, Jazz Composer, Presenter William "Billy" Taylor was an American jazz pianist, composer, broadcaster and educator. He was the Robert L. Jones Distinguished Professor of Music at East Carolina University in ...more

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Lauren Koslow is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Virginia State University Alumni
Actor Lauren Alice Koslow is a long-time American dramatic actress, best known for her long running portrayal of Kate Roberts on the NBC dramatic serial Days of Our Lives, which she has played ...more

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Wale is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Virginia State University Alumni
Rapper, Actor, Singer Olubowale Victor Akintimehin, better known by his stage name Wale, is an American rapper from Washington, D.C.. He rose to prominence in 2006, when his song "Dig Dug" became popular in ...more

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Delores G. Kelley is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Virginia State University Alumni
Delores Goodwin Kelley is an American politician from Maryland and a member of the Democratic Party. She is currently serving in her 4th term in the Maryland State Senate, representing ...more

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Rosalyn Dance is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Virginia State University Alumni
Nurse Rosalyn R. "Roz" Dance is an American politician. Since 2005 she has been a member of the Virginia House of Delegates representing the 63rd district southeast of Richmond, made up of ...more

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Willie Harris is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Virginia State University Alumni
Baseball player William Charles Harris is an American former professional baseball outfielder. Harris played for he Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox, Atlanta Braves, Washington Nationals and ...more

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Yvonne B. Miller is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Virginia State University Alumni
Yvonne Bond Miller was an American politician in Virginia. A Democrat, she was the first African-American woman to be elected to the state house when she won in 1983. Four years later, she was ...more

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Joe Bonner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Virginia State University Alumni
Jazz Pianist Joe Bonner was a hard bop and modal jazz jazz pianist, influenced by McCoy Tyner and Art Tatum. He was born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina and studied at Virginia State College, but has ...more

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Daniel James, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Virginia State University Alumni
Daniel "Chappie" James Jr. was a fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force, who in 1975 became the first African American to reach the rank of four-star general.

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Bobby Orrock is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Virginia State University Alumni
Teacher Robert Dickson "Bobby" Orrock, Sr. is an American politician. Since 1990 he has been a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing the 54th district in the east central ...more

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William H. Lewis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Virginia State University Alumni
William Henry Lewis was an African-American pioneer in athletics, law and politics. Born in Virginia as the son of freedmen, he went to college in Massachusetts, where he became one of the first ...more

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Roger Gregory is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Virginia State University Alumni
Judge Roger L. Gregory is a United States federal judge, currently serving on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

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Al Bumbry is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Virginia State University Alumni
Baseball player, Coach Alonza Benjamin Bumbry is a former Major League Baseball outfielder who played for the Baltimore Orioles and San Diego Padres from 1972 through 1985. In 2002, Bumbry was inducted into the ...more

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Camilla Williams is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Virginia State University Alumni
Singer Camilla Ella Williams was an American operatic soprano who performed nationally and internationally. After studying with renowned teachers in New York City, she was the first African American to ...more

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Rovenia M. Brock is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Virginia State University Alumni
Rovenia M. Brock Writer Dr. Rovenia M. Brock, also known as Dr. Ro, is an American nutritionist, lecturer, health reporter, entrepreneur, and author.

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Kelvin Kinney is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Virginia State University Alumni
Kelvin Kinney American football player Kelvin Lamonta Kinney is an American football defensive lineman who is currently a Free Agent in the Arena Football League. His nickname is K2. Kinney was also an defensive end in the National ...more

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Larry Brooks is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Virginia State University Alumni
American football player Lawrence Lee Brooks, Sr., is a former American Football defensive tackle for the Los Angeles Rams eleven seasons from 1972 to 1982 in the National Football League. Brooks was drafted in the 14th ...more

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Roslyn Tyler is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Virginia State University Alumni
Roslyn C. "Roz" Tyler is an American politician of the Democratic Party. Since 2006 she has been a member of the Virginia House of Delegates. She currently represents the 75th district ...more

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Reginald Lewis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Virginia State University Alumni
Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Writer Reginald F. Lewis, was an American businessman. He was the richest African-American man in the 1980s. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, he grew up in a middle-class neighborhood. He won a football ...more

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James H. Stith is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Virginia State University Alumni
James H. Stith Physicist Dr. James H. Stith is an American physicist, named in 2004 as one of the 50 Most Important Blacks in Research Science.

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Naomi Long Madgett is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Virginia State University Alumni
Naomi Long Madgett Writer Naomi Long Madgett is an African-American poet, born Naomi Cornelia Long in Norfolk, Virginia. Madgett was a teacher and an award-winning poet, and she is also the senior editor of Lotus Press, ...more

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Silas DeMary is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Virginia State University Alumni
Silas DeMary American football player Silas DeMary is a former offensive lineman/defensive lineman for in the Arena Football League. He played for the Carolina Cobras, Buffalo Destroyers, Los Angeles Avengers and the Cleveland ...more

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Wilmer Fields is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Virginia State University Alumni
Wilmer Fields Baseball player Wilmer Leon Fields was an African American baseball player who was a household name in the Negro Leagues and other baseball circuits between the 1940s and 1950s. Born in Manassas, Virginia, ...more