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Cast members from TV’s “A Different World” to visit Norfolk State April 16 to promote the value of higher education

DifferentWorldFor the first time ever, cast members from the 90s hit television show, A Different World, will come together on a college campus for an intimate discussion exploring the importance of higher education and the value of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in both their historic and current roles. The event is sponsored by SunTrust Bank and titled “It IS A Different World: College Changes EVERYTHING!” It will benefit Access College Foundation and Norfolk State University’s (NSU) Honors College. It is expected to be both entertaining and educational, as it will utilize open dialogue to connect themes from the television show to real-life experiences for college and high school students. Details are as follows:

  • Who: Actors Kadeem Hardison (Dwayne), Jasmine Guy (Whitley), Cree Summer (Freddie), Charnele Brown (Kim) and Darryl Bell (Ron) from A Different World
  • When: Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.
  • Where: NSU’s L. Douglas Wilder Performing Arts Center
  • Cost: $15 for students; $20 for adults

In conjunction with this event, NSU will allow prospective students to learn about the college application process, meet with NSU faculty and students, participate in a registration fair, and tour NSU’s 130-plus acre campus. The registration and campus tour is free and open to the public and will begin at 9 a.m. A Different World helped demonstrate how HBCUs, like NSU, have provided a quality education to generations of individuals. NSU has done so for more than 30,000 alumni for 80 years.

Access College Foundation is a nationally recognized, award-winning organization that prevails as an expert in the field of college access and post-secondary educational success because of its extensive experience in and vast knowledge of these fields.  After more than 27 years in service, Access has assisted more than 50,000 local public school students with enrolling in college, and has secured over $500 million in scholarships and financial aid for these students. The Foundation has awarded $9 million in Access Scholarships, bridging the gap between financial assistance received and the actual cost of college.  As the only provider of school-based college access/success services at 26 public middle schools and 30 public high schools located in Norfolk and surrounding Southside cities, and on 13 Virginia university/college campuses, Access embraces this event as an exciting opportunity to further its mission, as hundreds of local students may be inspired to pursue higher education after attending.

To purchase tickets, visit and click “Special Events Tickets”. For more information about the event, contact Marissa Nihill at Norfolk State University at 757-823-8323. For information on group ticket sales, contact Access College Foundation at 757-962-6113 or