During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump was viewed by many African-Americans and minority groups as having racist tendencies.
The written statement released by the college included a letter of support to Hawkins from one of the schools most powerful alums, Hampton University President William R. Harvey.
“It will be a wonderful learning experience for the students in the band. It will be a teachable moment for them to understand the importance of supporting the leader of the free world, despite one’s political viewpoint,” Harvey said. “After all, the reason for being of any college or university should be to promote learning and not to enhance apolitical agenda.”