Charter Day

Saturday Evening
March 5, 2016
Washington Hilton


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Alumni Achievement Awards

The Howard University Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award was established in 1943 to recognize alumni who have attained outstanding success and national or international distinction in their chosen business, profession or life's work, and whose accomplishments reflect admirably on or bring honor to the university.

Candidates for the awards are nominated annually by alumni, students, faculty, and friends of the University. Once the nomination period is closed, the nominees are reviewed by a University committee that includes alumni representatives. Final selections are approved by the University‘s Boards of Trustees, and awards are presented during the Charter Day Dinner gala.


Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award nominations are closed for 2016.

Past Honorees

See full list of Alumni Achievement Award Recipients 1943–2015.

2016 Honorees

Gina F. Adams, Esq.
In the Field of Business

The Honorable Ras J. Baraka
In the Field of Public Service

Michelle D. Bernard, Esq.
In the Fields of Media, Journalism and Public Policy

Paulette Brown, Esq.
In the Field of Law

Artis G. Hampshire-Cowan, Esq., former Senior Vice President and Secretary
The Capstone Distinguished Service Award