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We hope your relationship with Voorhees doesn’t end with your graduation. You can stay connected to the university by participating in one of our alumni chapters across the country or by visiting the campus during one of the year’s many special events. You’re also welcome to return to work with students as a guest speaker or lecturer – you’ll serve as a wonderful example of what they, too, can achieve with a degree from Voorhees. You financial support is important as well. It’s donations such as yours that help today’s students and tomorrow’s graduates realize their dreams.

If you’re looking to reconnect with your undergraduate and need anything at all, please get in touch with our Alumni Affairs office. Call us at (803) 780-1191 or email

Annual Alumni Events

The Candlelight Matriculation
This service, held at the close of Fall Orientation every year, officially inducts new students into the Voorhees family. It also educates them about Voorhees’ founder Elizabeth Evelyn Wright-Menafee. As part of the ceremony, all incoming freshmen gather around the Ebenezer, a rock that’s a college landmark symbolizing Wright-Menafee’s faith and determination. The students light white candles and sing “This Little Light of Mine”— it’s a promise to themselves and to their new college community. They learn about Wright-Menafee’s struggles to create Voorhees. When the ceremony closes, they’re officially freshmen. 

The Legacy Dinner

Also a part of Fall Orientation, the Legacy Dinner is an opportunity for new students to enjoy a formal evening with their classmates, faculty and staff. The keynote speaker is a recent Voorhees graduate – someone close to the new students’ age who can be a testament to what’s possible with a Voorhees University education. Other alumni are invited to join in the evening as well. 

Mr. & Miss Voorhees Coronation

Held in September, the coronation installs the students who will reign as Mr. and Miss Voorhees for the next year. Mr. and Miss Voorhees, who are elected by a vote of the student body, serve as the University’s official host and hostess. Students who enter the pageant must have demonstrated leadership ability and good character. They also must be have a record of involvement in University activities and community life, as well as a solid academic record.


Held in November, Homecoming Weekend includes class reunions, alumni meetings, social gatherings, a parade and basketball. It’s a chance for graduates to renew acquaintances and connect with current students as well.  

Founder’s Day Convocation

The University’s annual salute to Elizabeth Evelyn Wright-Menafee is held in April, the same month she founded Voorhees in 1897. Wright-Menafee, a black woman in her early 20s, battled betrayals, arson, jealousies and threats to establish the school.

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Plan A Visit

As an alumnus, you are always welcome on our campus. We encourage you to plan your visit around one of our exciting annual events so that you can enjoy spending time with current students as well as faculty and staff.

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Office of Alumni Affairs Staff

Jasper Fell c/o 2011


Jasper Fell joined the Voorhees University staff in the fall of 2022, as Director of Alumni Affairs. Prior to joining the staff, Fell spent over 10 years working in college athletics working in ticketing, development, and facility management. Fell worked at institutions such as the University of Memphis, the University of Texas Permian Basin, Sam Houston State University, and Prairie View A&M University.

Fell, a South Carolina native, earned his bachelor’s degree in health & recreation from Voorhees College in 2011, where he also was a member and captain of the track & field team. He was a four-time NAIA national qualifier and holds the school record in the 110-meter hurdles. Fell also received a master’s degree in counseling psychology in 2015 from Alabama A&M University, where he served as the Graduate Assistant for the Ticket & Business office within the Athletic Department. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

“I am excited to be back home to serve, I look forward to bridging the gap between my university and alumni. Please do not hesitate to contact me. “I am here to help “!

Voorhees University
University Advancement
PO Box 678
Denmark, SC 29042

Jasper C. Fell

Coordinator, Alumni/Development

Voorhees University
University Advancement
PO Box 678
Denmark, SC 29042

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