Virginia State University To Award An Honorary Degree To The Campus Police Officer Severely Injured During Campus Shooting

Virginia State University plans to grant an honorary degree to Officer Foster, whose acts of heroism have earned him the respect of the entire Virginia State University community. In 2023, Officer Foster was injured during a shooting that occurred on campus. He was paralyzed from the waist down. Police later arrested 21-year-old Deonta M. Blount and charged him with aggravated malicious wounding of a law enforcement officer. Blount was not a student at Virginia State University.

The President of VSU, Dr. Makola M. Abdullah, stated, “We are honored to award him with an honorary degree in recognition of his outstanding character and bravery. He inspires us all, and we are grateful to have him as a part of the VSU family.” Officer Bruce Foster will receive his honorary degree from the University at the Spring 2024 Commencement on Saturday, May 11. The commencement ceremony will be held inside the Multipurpose Center. Honorary degrees are prestigious awards only given to individuals who have significantly contributed to the University. Officer Foster’s heroism and courage while protecting Virginia State University is the school’s way of acknowledging Foster’s resilience and bravery. 


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