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About the Debate

Virginia State University will host the second of three presidential debates on Tuesday, October 1, 2024. VSU is the first Historically Black College and University (HBCU) to host a general election debate.

Presidential debates are sponsored and produced by the Commission on Presidential Debates.

The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) was established in 1987 to ensure, for the benefit of the American electorate, that general election debates between or among the leading candidates for the offices of President and Vice President of the United States are a permanent part of the electoral process. CPD's primary purpose is to sponsor and produce the quadrennial general election debates and to undertake research and educational activities relating to the debates. The organization, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) corporation, sponsored all of the presidential debates in 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016, and 2020.

about virginia state university

Founded in 1882, Virginia State University is the nation's first state-supported HBCU to offer both a college program and a normal program. We are committed to meeting the educational needs of students and graduating lifelong learners who are well-equipped to serve their communities as informed citizens, globally competitive leaders, and highly effective, ethical professionals.

At VSU, we prioritize our students' personal and professional growth, guiding them through graduation and beyond, thereby shaping the outlook of families for generations to come. We achieve this through a world-class faculty, staff, and administration that cultivates a holistic environment, fostering personal connections and stability essential for growth and transformation.

VSU molds leaders who embrace global competitiveness while remaining rooted in civic engagement, ensuring our graduates are prepared to lead with impact in an ever-changing world. Greater Happens at VSU, where we don't just provide education but empower individuals to thrive and make a difference.

about the Venue

The VSU Multi-Purpose Center is a state-of-the-art venue located on the north end of campus. The arena can seat more than 6,000 guests, making it the largest events venue located south of Richmond in the state of Virginia. Complete with advanced audiovisual capabilities and modern amenities, the Multi-Purpose Center is a complete entertainment facility capable of hosting athletic events, commencements, live concerts, family shows, trade shows, and more.