October 1960: Alpha Epsilon Pi, the Jewish fraternity, is organized at Old Dominion
July 1962: The Norfolk Division breaks away from William & Mary and becomes Old Dominion College
1963: Hillel, the Jewish student center, is established at Old Dominion
1964: The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is passed. As a result, Old Dominion welcomes Margaret Simmons in the fall of 1964, who would eventually become the first African American to receive a degree from Old Dominion, a Master of Education in 1966
1965: Arthur "Buttons" Speakes becomes the first African American to be recruited by and receive a scholarship from a predominately white college in Virginia. While a student at Old Dominion from 1965-1969, Speakes excelled at both basketball and baseball
June 1966: Lo-Shiow Hu from Taiwan becomes the first known international graduate student to receive a degree from Old Dominion.
1967: Alexander Brooks "A.B." Jackson, a professor in the Art Department, becomes the first full-time African American faculty member
More about the hiring of A.B. Jackson can be found in the oral history of Charles O. Burgess, a professor in the English Department and later Vice President and Provost for Academic Affairs.
1968: The Black Student Organization forms during the 1968-1969 academic year, becoming the first known African American student organization on campus.
1968: Bill Forbes becomes the first African American to win a bid from a campus fraternity
Fall 1968: Jackie Bryant becomes the first African American to rush for an all-white sorority at ODU
Fall 1968: The student population during the 1968-1969 academic year is approximately 63% male and 37% female
1969: During the 1969-1970 academic year, the first Military Science program is offered at Old Dominion
June 1969: Ronald Horne becomes the first African American to earn a Bachelor’s degree. Horne, who was a student at Old Dominion from 1965-1969, also served as the first African American Student Body President from 1968-1969
September 1969: Old Dominion College becomes Old Dominion University