The private school for black women sold all 300 tickets available Monday, bringing in more than $100,000 for the Oct. 20 event. Corporate sponsors can still purchase blocks of seats for between $25,000 and $100,000, officials said.
The gala is part of college President Johnnetta Cole's plans to leave office with the school on a firm financial footing. Bennett is in the midst of a $50 million fundraising campaign co-chaired by Angelou and former Sen. Bob Dole.
Bennett College was running a $2 million budget deficit and was on academic probation when Cole, the former president of Atlanta's Spelman College, took over in 2002.
Cole will retire from the school's presidency in June.