List of Bethune-Cookman University alumni

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This is a list of Bethune-Cookman University alumni . Bethune-Cookman University is a historically black university located in Daytona Beach, Florida and affiliated with the United Methodist Church.


Name Class year Notability References
Marjorie Joyner 1973 Inventor of the Permanent wave Machine

Community service and civil rights[edit]

Name Class year Notability References
Lucille O'Neal 2003 Mother of former NBA player Shaquille O'Neal and a longtime supporter of the Bethune-Cookman University School of Nursing
Dr. Evelyn Bethune 1979 CEO of the Mary McLeod Bethune Educational Legacy Foundation, Inc and granddaughter of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune
Harry T. Moore civil rights leader who was state secretary in Florida for the NAACP in the 1940s and 1950s, and was the first NAACP official murdered in the civil rights struggle
Henry Lyons Former President of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.
A. Phillip Randolph 1907 Civil rights leader. He attended the Cookman Institute, before it merged with Daytona Educational and Industrial Training School and became Bethune-Cookman


Name Class year Notability References
Oswald P. Bronson, Sr. former president of Bethune-Cookman who served from 1975 to 2004
Yvonne Scarlett-Golden educator and activist. She was the first African American mayor in Daytona Beach, Florida, elected in 2003 [1]


Name Class year Notability References
Allen & Allen Gospel musicians and pastors
Rodney Chester actor from the Logo Network TV show, Noah's Arc [1]
Marc "DJ Nailz" Dixon 2009 Radio Personality Power 95.3 in Orlando, FL
Kevin Jamal Woods 2009 actor
Darnell Lamont Walker 2005 Emmy Nominated Actor and Casting Exec


Name Class year Notability References
Nakera Simms-Symonette model who was Miss Bahamas 2000 and a contestant in the Miss Universe Pageant in 2000


Name Class year Notability References
James Bush III 1979 Current member of the Florida House of Representatives District 109
William H. Turner 1956 First African-American chairperson of the Miami-Dade County School Board and a former member of the Florida Senate from 1992 to 1998


Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Larry Little 1967 Former NFL Offensive Guard, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and former head football coach at Bethune-Cookman
John Chaney 1955 Former men's head basketball coach at Temple University
Cy McClairen 1953 First Bethune-Cookman alumnus in National Football League who played tight end for 5 seasons. Served as head football coach, head basketball coach, and athletics director at Bethune-Cookman
Alvin Wyatt 1970 Former NFL player and former head football coach at Bethune-Cookman
Rashean Mathis 2003 Current NFL cornerback
Eric Weems 2007 Current NFL wide receiver
Nick Collins 2005 former NFL player
Terry Anderson Former NFL player
Stevie Baggs Former NFL and Canadian Football League player
Rudy Barber Former American Football League player
Sebastien Boucher Former Minor League baseball prospect
Rickey Claitt Former NFL player
Boobie Clark Former NFL player
Damion Cook FormerNFL player
Kevin Ferguson aka Kimbo Slice attended street fighter and mixed martial arts fighter
Stan Jefferson attended, but transferred Former Major League Baseball player
Maulty Moore Former NFL player
Aulcie Perry Former professional basketball player
Clifford Reed former head men's basketball coach at Bethune-Cookman
Andrew Hinson 1955 former head football coach at Bethune-Cookman
Booker Reese Former NFL player
Charles Riggins Former NFL player
Jerry Simmons Former NFL player
T. T. Toliver Current Arena Football League player
Lee Williams Former American Football League player
Mark Woodyard Former Major League Baseball player
Antron Wright Former NFL player and XFL player


  1. ^ "Noah's Arc: Season 2". LOGO TV. Retrieved 2011-08-01.