NCCU Alumnus and P-Valley Series Star J. Alphonse Nicholson to Open 2022 Rock the Lyceum on Aug. 16

Posted August 12, 2022, 10:52AM

The North Carolina Central University Rock the Lyceum lecture series returns for the 2022-2023 academic year with Eagle alumnus and actor J. Alphonse Nicholson on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 7 p.m., as part of the university’s Eagle Mania events welcoming students to campus. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place in the event hall of the NCCU Student Center at 500 Nelson St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.    

The Greensboro, N.C., native is prominently known for his role as Lil Murda on the Starz series “P-Valley.” Along with his NAACP Image Award-nominated role, Nicholson is known for roles in the critically-acclaimed film “Just Mercy” alongside Michael B. Jordan; “Self Made” featuring Octavia Spencer; “Hit a Lick”; and “Perfectly Single,” to name a few. 

Nicholson enrolled at NCCU in 2008 as a theater major. During his matriculation, he fell in love with the art of storytelling and began his professional acting career in 2009, serving in lead roles of theatrical plays, including Howard L. Craft’s “Caleb Calypso and the Midnight Marauders” in community and regional theaters across the country. In 2014, he moved to New York City and shortly after, made his television debut on the CBS drama series “Blue Bloods.”  

The Rock the Lyceum lecture series is hosted by NCCU’s Office of Student Engagement and Leadership and the Lyceum Committee. The series brings in several of the nation’s top entrepreneurs and thought leaders to engage students in relevant topics in education, entertainment, politics, and social justice. Past speakers have included Keke Palmer, Angela Rye, T.I., Michael Vick, Roland Martin and Phylicia Rashad. 

Public parking for the event is available in the NCCU Student Center Surface Lot, the Miller Morgan Surface Lot and the L.T. Walker Surface Lot.  

For more information, contact the Office of Student Engagement and Leadership at 919-530-5436.  


Media parking is available in the NCCU Student Center Surface Lot.  

J. Alphonse Nicholson is available for interviews on Aug. 16, from 8:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For scheduling, contact Ariel Germain, director of communications at marketing for the NCCU Division of Student Affairs, at [email protected]

About North Carolina Central University:

North Carolina Central University (NCCU) prepares students to succeed in the global marketplace. Consistently ranked as a top Historically Black College or University, NCCU offers flagship programs in the sciences, education, law, business, nursing and the arts. Founded in 1910 and located in the Research Triangle Region, NCCU remains committed to diversity in and access to higher education. The university, which offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 100 disciplines, master’s degrees in more than 40 areas, and a Ph.D. in Integrated Biosciences, has an expanding academic portfolio that meets current and future workforce demands in industries from clinical research to information technology. NCCU’s signature graduate and undergraduate degrees are housed in seven colleges and schools. NCCU is a leader in the scientific study of health disparities and provides students with the opportunity to gain laboratory skills and experience working with faculty researchers and pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry professionals in two, state-of-the-art research institutes that are housed on campus. For more information, visit or call (919) 530-6100.


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