The 2022 class of HBCU Buzz’s HBCU Top 30 Under 30 is here! For the past eight years, we have been honoring the inspiring change-makers that HBCUs have produced and this year’s class is nothing short of HBCU greatness! We’re highlighting students who have been making strides in their fields and showing the world what HBCU grads can do. 

The numbers don’t lie, according to UNCF, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) enroll 10% of all African American students and produce almost 20% of all African American graduates. Additionally, 25% of African American graduates with STEM degrees come from HBCUs. These illustrious institutions have produced countless civil rights leaders, doctors, religious leaders, bankers, writers, Olympians, lawyers, musicians, engineers, actors, humanitarians, professional athletes, educators, scientists, and politicians.

HBCUs provide the foundation and support needed for their students to go out into the world and become prestigious leaders. This year we continue to honor HBCU students from various backgrounds achieving excellence and making their alma mater proud.  Some of the leaders featured include a rocket scientist, an award-winning Broadway actor, accomplished doctors, and more. 

We’re excited for this Homecoming season to partner with DIAGEO and its brands CÎROC, Crown Royal, Tequila Don Julio, and Tanqueray to honor Black changemakers creating lasting change in their communities to uplift and celebrate Black excellence. Together with DIAGEO at the Mecca of HBCUs, we will honor the next generation of Black leaders and industry changemakers at the 30 Under 30 Reception and Alumni Bison Ball to toast to each honoree’s impact and impressive achievements to build a better future.

4. Joshua Williams – Fayetteville State University 

Joshua Williams is the former cornerback for Fayetteville State University and the first HBCU player selected in the 2022 NFL Draft since 2019. In June, Joshua officially signed his rookie contract with the Kansas City Chiefs. Playing in the NFL is a dream come true for Joshua and he is making his alma mater proud as he is the first Fayetteville State player to be drafted into the NFL since 1976.  He fell in love with football at a young age and grew up watching the Washington Redskins with his father. Even though he played other sports growing up and holds the Jack Britt High School record in the 100-meter dash, his future was squarely focused on football. Joshua is also an active member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.


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