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Voorhees College Inauguration Week to feature Homecoming Spring Fest and S.O.S. Band

Denmark, S.C. – Voorhees College will celebrate the inauguration of Ronnie Hopkins as president of the institution during Inauguration Week, April 2 – 10, 2022. All events, with the exception of an inaugural worship service, will be held on campus.

Highlights of the week include the 125th anniversary celebration of the institution and official name change to Voorhees University, during the Founder’s Day Convocation, April 7; the inauguration of Ronnie Hopkins as the 10th president of the institution, April 8; Homecoming Spring Fest (April 7 through 9) featuring the S.O.S. Band on April 8; a parade with Grand Marshal Rev. Dr. Solomon Jackson, Jr. and the Presidential Scholarship Gala, April 9. The screening of a documentary about the Voorhees College founder, Elizabeth Evelyn Wright, will be April 7. Other highlights include a five-day carnival, April 2 through 6, a gospel concert April 3, an educational symposium, April 6 and more.

Beginning in early February, Denmark residents and visitors will see pole signs downtown and on the Voorhees campus acknowledging the institution’s 125th anniversary.

“April will be an exceptionally meaningful time at Voorhees. I am particularly excited that on April 7, we will become Voorhees University. We already have one graduate program underway. However, this designation will present opportunities for us to offer even more graduate degrees,” Hopkins said.

“I am honored to be inaugurated as the 10th president of Voorhees College, which will be Voorhees University at the time of my inauguration,” Hopkins said. “This will be a time when Voorhees faculty, staff, students, alumni, supporters and the greater community come together to celebrate our collective next level of excellence.”

More information on events and tickets will be available at Feb. 8.

A high-resolution image of Voorhees College President Ronnie Hopkins, Ph.D. is available at

A high-resolution image of the S.O.S. Band is available at

About Voorhees University

Voorhees University, founded by Elizabeth Evelyn Wright in 1897, is a private, coeducational institution affiliated with the Episcopal Church and the United Negro College Fund. The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and graduate degrees. Its mission is to produce highly qualified graduates who coalesce intellect and faith in pursuit of life-long learning, healthy living, the betterment of society, and an abiding faith in God. U.S. News & World Report has ranked Voorhees as a #1 best value, #3 in social mobility and #33 among regional colleges in the south in 2022-2023; and #26 among Historically Black Colleges and Universities, nationally. Additional information about Voorhees University can be found at


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