The ceremony takes place at 9 a.m. in the P. Ahmed Williams Auditorium in Ferrell Hall.
In addition to making the long-desired new residence hall a reality, Hemphill has dedicated his one-year stint as president to attracting more students to the once all-black university.
Enrollment of first-time freshman at WVSU has increased by nearly 50 percent since this time last year.
"When I became president one year ago, I knew that there were many opportunities before us," Hemphill said Friday. "Specifically, I knew we needed to create a solid foundation for our future with innovative thinking and a significant investment in recruitment and retention."
Hemphill called the new residence hall -- which will include a café and a game room -- "a home for future generations of yellow . . . a symbol of growth and prosperity for this university.
"We needed to provide a living and learning environment that would foster student learning and engagement," he said.
A biography of Judge Keith, titled "Crusader for Justice," is expected to be released this fall.
Also on Friday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded WVSU more than $500,000 to fund a research and development project focused on expanding online biology and agriculture courses.
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