ST. CLOUD -  Hundreds of St. Cloud State students, faculty and staff turned out to honor the life of Nelson Mandela today.

The former President of South Africa passed away on December 5th in Johannesburg.

Mandela had an impact on many students on campus, including students who previously enjoyed opportunities to study abroad at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth.

St. Cloud State President Earl Potter sent a campus wide email about the event, saying the world had lost a treasure.

"The world has lost a unique treasure, and his death has brought sorrow to many in our campus community," Potter says.

St. Cloud State Professor Geffrey Tabakin was a speaker at the event, he says Mandela had a vision of what democracy should be about.

Tabakin also said it was important for the University to host a gathering to honor Mandela.

(Sign at the SCSU Mandela event, Dan DeBaun WJON News)