After Conquering Cerebral Palsy, 'The Mayor' of Virginia State Preps for Graduation

Keith Granderson has held a variety of titles during his time at Virginia State University, enough that the criminal justice major from Ettrick, VA is known throughout the campus community as ‘The Mayor.’
Now, the former HBCU Male Student of the Year nominee and future police dispatcher will take his biggest academic step yet, as he will join become a Virginia State graduate during the university’s spring commencement exercises on May 13.
Granderson was profiled recently by the university, a year after a video profile of his courage in conquering cerebral palsy to serve the school as a student advocate, recruiter and fundraiser went viral.

In a release, Granderson and Virginia State President Makola Abdullah reflected on his impact on the campus community.
“Shortly after I was named the President of Virginia State University in December 2015, Keith was one of the first persons to reach out to me via social media,” Abdullah said. “After meeting him, the name ‘Mayor” just seem to fit him.”
“I was born with a disability but through the grace of God I am still here.” Granderson shared with a feeling of gratitude. “I have been through the fire and the storm.”