We honor our graduates and give a special shout-out to our HBCU family. Check out famous folks who represent historically black colleges and universities.
1. Terrence J
Terrence J graduated from North Carolina A&T University.
2. Ruben Studdard
R&B singer & American Idol winner Ruben Studdard attended Alabama A&M for three years before auditioning for the singing competition. He was awarded an honorary Masters in 2015.
3. Filmmaker Will Packer attended Florida A&M University
4. Erykah Badu
Erykah Badu attended Grambling University. (Photo: AP)
5. Alice Walker
Alice Walker attended Spelman College. (Photo: Retna)
Rapper and actor Common attended Florida A&M University. (Photo: AP)
7. Sean “Diddy” Combs
Sean “Diddy” Combs attended Howard University (Photo: AP)
8. Jacque Reid
TJMS’ own Jacque Reid attended Clark Atlanta University.
9. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr. attended Morehouse College (Photo: AP)
10. Nikki Giovanni
Nikki Giovanni attended Fisk University.
11. Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey attended Tennessee State University (Photo: AP)
12. Spike Lee
Spike Lee attended Morehouse College (Photo: Retna)
13. Taraji P. Henson
Taraji P. Henson attended Howard University (Photo: Retna)
14. Wanda Sykes
Wanda Sykes attended Hampton University (Photo: PRPhotos)
15. Wendy Raquel Robinson
Wendy Raquel Robinson attended Howard University.
16. Yolanda Adams
Gospel great Yolanda Adams attended Tennessee State. (Photo: AP)
17. Tom Joyner
Radio legend Tom Joyner attended Tuskeegee University. (Photo: Rance Elgin)
18. Keshia Knight-Pulliam
Keshia Knight-Pulliam attended Spelman College. (Photo: AP)
19. Lance Gross
Lance Gross attended Howard University. (Photo: Albert Michael)
20. Shaun Robinson
Shaun Robinson attended Spelman College. (Photo: AP)
21. Thurgood Marshall
Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall is a graduate of
Lincoln University and Howard University College of Law. (Photo: AP)
22. Samuel L. Jackson
Actor and civil rights advocate Samuel L. Jackson attended Morehouse and was a cheerleader. That’s right, a cheerleader. He stated during an interview “”I got to travel to other historically black colleges; I was hanging out with the basketball and football teams, meeting girls… For the guy who was the cheerleader, all of a sudden it was like, ‘You’re in charge.’” (Photo: AP)
23. LaTanya Richardson
Veteran stage and screen actress LaTanya Richardson launched her illustrious career at Spelman College. She also met her future husband, Samuel L. Jackson while in college. She received her bachelor of arts degree in drama in 1974. Pictured with husband Samuel and their daughter Zoe. (Photo: AP)
24. Jerry Rice
Recognized as one of the greatest wide receivers of all time as well as a darn good ballroom dancer, Hall of Famer Jerry Rice, attended Mississippi Valley State. (Photo: AP)
25. Keenan Ivory Wayans
Actor, comedian, director and writer Keenan Ivory Wayans graduated from Tuskegee University. (Photo: AP)