Roy Gilbert

Displaced students from Bahamas arrive at Hampton University

1of3Brothers Edancel and Edenn McPhee from the University of the Bahamas get free Hampton University t-shirts during a ceremony welcoming them to campus Tuesday September 24, 2019 in Hampton, Va. Students displaced by hurricane Dorian have been invited to attend the school while theirs is rebuilt. (Rob Ostermaier/The Daily Press via AP)Photo: Rob Ostermaier, AP HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — The first thing Carniesha Demeritte thought when she stepped onto the Hampton University campus? "It’s really big," she said. "It’s just huge. Our campus is a block long. What would take a minute to walk on our campus would take 10 minutes here." Demeritte is a freshman psychology major at University of the Bahamas, but for the next semester Hampton will be — as she was reminded many times on Sept. 24 — her home by the sea. She is one of 46 students displaced by the devastation of Hurricane Dorian who will attend HU free of charge this fall while her campus at home is rebuilt. HU President William R. Harvey extended the offer early this month, after the worst of the storm had moved on from the Bahamas but while residual rain and winds continued to last at the islands. In all, 90 students completed applications. About half of them were able to make it work logistically, getting expedited student visas with help from HU’s admissions department and the U.S. Embassy in the Bahamas. The students arrived on campus Sept. 24 and after tours and orientations, attended a […]

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