DSU Refutes Joe Biden's Claim He Attended Historically Black University
Delaware State University denies Biden was a student after claim he 'got started' there
Delaware State University has refuted the claim from Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden that he once attended the historically black college.
DSU has denied that former Vice President Biden has ever been a student at the college after he claimed that he "got started" there.
The gaffe-prone 77-year-old Democrat made his claim while praising historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) during a town hall event last October before the South Carolina Democratic primary, video shows.
"I got started out of a HBCU, Delaware State,” Biden told pupils at Wilson High School in Florence, which was founded in 1866 by the Freedmen’s Bureau for black children seeking an education.
"Now, I don’t want to hear anything negative about Delaware State," he said to chuckles from the audience.
"They’re my folks," he added.
But Carlos Holmes, director of news service for Delaware State, said Biden was never a student there, although he made appearances twice on campus for commencement speeches, according to The Daily Wire.
The university is one of the nation’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).
"Vice President Biden did not attend DSU,” Holmes told The Washington Times in an email.
"However he was the Commencement keynote speaker in 2003 and , and during the former, he was awarded an honorary doctoral degree.”
Biden claims he “got started out of an HBCU, Delaware State” when he did not attend the universitypic.twitter.com/LnBOS1wQlT— Tommy Pigott (@TCPigott) October 26, 2019
The university, founded in 1891 as the State College for Colored Students, is about 40 miles south of the University of Delaware, where Biden graduated in 1965 with a double major in political science and history.
In Biden’s 2007 memoir, “Promises to Keep,” he details his time at Archmere Academy, a private Catholic school in Clayton, Delaware, to his enrollment as a freshman at the University of Delaware, but never mentions Delaware State University.
He later studied at Syracuse University College of Law, where he failed a class after being accused of plagiarism.
Biden has previously said he was the first in his family to attend college and that his relatives were coal miners, but he later recanted both assertions.
The former vice president’s penchant for exaggerating his past re-emerged in February when he told a tale about supposedly being arrested in the 1970s in South Africa as he tried to visit Nelson Mandela in prison.
Biden said he was arrested in Soweto, a suburb of Johannesburg, a city in the northeast of the country.
But at the time, Mandela was being held on Robben Island, near Cape Town in the southwest part of the country.
The two sites are some 900 miles apart.
After The New York Times called into question Biden’s tale, journalists were unable to find any news reports or contemporaneous accounts mentioning an arrest.
Biden was a U.S. senator at the time of his claimed arrest, which certainly would have made the news.
"In at least three campaign appearances over the past two weeks, Joseph R. Biden Jr. has told a similar story as he tries to revive his campaign in states with more diverse voters,” the Times reported in its piece.
"On a trip to South Africa years ago, he has said, he was arrested as he sought to visit Nelson Mandela in prison.
"A check of available news accounts by The New York Times turned up no references to an arrest,” the paper said.
Biden also never mentioned the arrest in his memoir.