149th (2019) Annual Commencement

149th Annual Commencement - May 12, 2019 - Image of students in graduation garb facing away from the camera.

Hampton University Alumnus Lt. Gen. Darrell K. Williams to Deliver 149th HU Commencement Address


HAMPTON,  Va. (April 18, 2019) — Hampton University is pleased to announce that alumnus Darrell K. Williams ’83, a three-star Lieutenant General in the United States Army and Hampton alumnus, will serve as the University’s 149th Commencement speaker on May 12, 2019. Commencement will be held at Armstrong Stadium at 10 a.m.

"General Williams is a shining example of what Hampton does every day: prepare the best and the brightest to lead our great nation and the world at large," said Hampton University President, Dr. William R. Harvey. “His comments will be a memorable addition to a special day for our graduates and their familes.”

Williams is the Director of the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), headquartered in Fort Belvoir, Va. He leads a global workforce of over 25,000 military and civilian workers in the Defense Department’s supply and support network. He directs nine supply chains supporting the military, as well as federal, state, local and international partners. The DLA provides food, medical material, uniforms and construction equipment, 98 percent of the Defense Department’s fuel, and the majority of spare parts for military weapons systems. He also oversees the National Defense Stockpile, an international network of 25 distribution centers.

Williams, a native of West Palm Beach, Fla., earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology at Hampton, where he was a Distinguished Military Graduate of the ROTC Program. He was commissioned into the Army Quartermaster Corps in 1983.  During his Army career, he graduated from the Army Command and General Staff College as well as the School of Advanced Military Studies. Williams is also a Distinguished Graduate of the National War College. He holds master’s degrees in military arts and sciences, national security and strategic studies, and business management (logistics).