First Black Undergraduate to Earn a Degree From the University of
Virginia to Speak Jan. 23
18, 2000 -- Robert A. Bland, the first black undergraduate
to earn a degree from the University of Virginia, will speak at
Harambee, an African-American honors program, Sunday, Jan. 23, at
2 p.m. His public talk, in Newcomb Hall Ballroom, is titled "Success
is a Journey, Life is a Choice." The program honors first-year and
entering transfer students with grade point averages of 3.0 and
native of Petersburg, Bland attended Peabody High School and Virginia
State University before enrolling at U.Va. He graduated in 1959
with a degree in electrical engineering.
a professional engineer at the Naval Weapons Center in Corona, Calif.,
Bland spent many years working to improve the numbers of minorities
and women in the engineering discipline as well as other arenas.
He was a leader in the U. S. Navy's equal employment opportunity
program. Additionally, he played a major role in the integration
of Riverside, Calif. city schools.
Swahili for "working together," celebrates student academic success.
an electronic version of Bland's photo, call (804) 924-3629. For
more information contact Sylvia Terry in the Office
of African-American Affairs at (804) 924-7923.
Katherine Jackson, (804) 924-3629