Information for Graduates
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Congratulations Prospective Graduates!
143rd graduation ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 14,
2011, for all candidates having completed their degree requirements
as of Summer 2010, December 2010, and May 2011.
Information on this page
is directed to all prospective graduating seniors. Neither receipt
of the Dear Degree Candidate letter, participation in the Commencement Exercises, receipt
of official announcements, nor the appearance of a name in the printed
program will be considered as conclusive evidence of graduation on May
14, 2011. Candidates are personally responsible for satisfactorily
completing all general University, major department, academic, and financial
requirements. (See “Clearance for Graduation”)
As you near
the completion of your degree program, you will need pertinent information
regarding the events of the week of May, with particular emphasis on
the May 14th Commencement Exercises. THE FOLLOWING
CHECKLIST SHOULD BE CAREFULLY READ AND RETAINED FOR GUIDANCE AND CONTINUED
REFERENCE THROUGHOUT THE GRADUATION PROCESS.
have questions concerning the Commencement exercise or this correspondence,
you may e-mail the Office of Protocol and Events at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the Commencement 2011 information
line at (202) 238-2604.
With best wishes,
Dr. Steven G. Johnson
Assistant Vice President
Exercises will be held on Saturday, May 14, beginning at 10:00 a.m.,
on the Upper Quadrangle, Main Campus.
Prospective graduates are required to assemble by School/College at
7:00 a.m. on the field of Greene Stadium. Prospective
graduates who arrive late may not be allowed to sit with their respective
School or College and may be added to the end of the Processional.
Please encourage your guests to be seated by 8:30 a.m. to witness the
procession of the graduates.
Admission of Guests
Four reserved seat tickets will be issued to each graduate by the Howard University Bookstore. Additional guests may be seated in the general seating section on a first-come, first-served basis.
exercise will be broadcast live over WHUR-FM Radio 96.3 MHz and WHUT-TV,
There will also be a delayed broadcast of the exercises
on WHUT-TV, air dates to be announced.
DVDs of the Commencement Convocation
will be available. Purchase Order Forms for the DVDs can be obtained
from the graduate clearer of each School/College beginning April 12,
and at the Howard University Bookstore beginning May 9-10. You may also download the Purchase Order Form (PDF). The cost is $30.00 per
The broadcast may also be viewed on the World Wide Web; please refer to the Webcast Information page for specific details.
costume consists of cap, gown, hood, tassel, and black shoes.
The cap is
an essential part of the academic costume and is to be retained on the
head throughout the academic exercises, except during prayer and the
singing of the Alma Mater. In particular, the cap is not
to be removed at any point during the Conferring of Degrees. The hood
is not to be worn until the actual Conferring of Degrees by the President
of the University.
Order & Purchase of Academic Costumes
academic costumes are acquired at the Howard University Bookstore (the "HUB").
Each candidate must
complete all academic and financial requirements and obtain clearance
slips before acquiring academic costumes. Candidates may receive
further instruction via the HUB Graduation Center. In addition, please be advised
that beginning April 11, an official Howard University Kente Stole depicting
academic excellence will be available for purchase at the Cramton Auditorium
IMPORTANT: TO ASSURE RECEIPT OF A PROPERLY FITTING ACADEMIC COSTUME, YOU SHOULD
KNOW YOUR HEAD OR HAT SIZE, AND YOUR HEIGHT AND WEIGHT. A SIZE
CHART WILL BE PROVIDED AT THE HUB TO ASSIST YOU IN SELECTING THE APPROPRIATE
Graduation Center Pick-Up Procedures for Academic Costumes
The HUB will host the Graduation
Center Pick-up Fair. Graduates must present a valid ID and Graduate
Clearance Slip before payment and receipt of caps and gowns. Details
about the fair will be posted on the HUB website.
Official announcements are
available for purchase through the HUB. Candidates may order announcements
at the ordering fair or on-line at www.herffjones.com/college/howard
Clearance for Graduation
graduation is the process of official compliance with the academic and
financial requirements established by the University. Each candidate
is personally responsible for obtaining academic and financial clearance
for graduation. Please consult the respective Dean of the School
or College to determine if you have met all academic requirements.
For financial clearance, you must report to the Office of Student Financial
Services to settle your account. Only candidates with
official University clearance by both the respective Dean and the Office
of Student Financial Services will be approved
to receive the academic costume and to participate in the Commencement
All graduation clearance
questions should be directed to the respective graduate clearer for
the individual School and College. This information can be found
on the Howard University website: www.howard.edu/academics.
rehearsal will be held in Cramton Auditorium on Tuesday, May 10, at
10:30 a.m. All degree candidates and all marshals for the divisions
of the University must attend. Important information is provided
at this session regarding arrival instructions, guests’ information,
parking, transportation, and processional route, as well as any last
minute updates of information pertaining to the Commencement ceremony.
If you cannot attend the rehearsal, all pertinent information will be
posted on the Commencement website: www.howard.edu/commencement.
Assembly of Degree Candidates
will report to Greene Stadium no earlier than 7:00 a.m., but not later
than 7:45 a.m. on May 14th for the assembly and procession
to the staging area. The procession begins at 8:30 a.m. (In the event of inclement
weather, degree candidates will assemble in Burr Gymnasium, with no
Marshal, with the assistance of the faculty, student, and staff marshals,
will assemble the procession. Under the direction of class presidents
who will serve as assistant marshals, candidates will form in columns
of two behind the markers designating their respective Schools or Colleges.
On the signal from the University Marshal, the candidates
will march to their assigned seats. Upon reaching the reserved seats,
the candidates will remain standing, facing the rostrum, until the President
of the University acknowledges the salute of the University Marshal,
then all will sit simultaneously.
Conferring of Degrees
At the direction
of the Dean of the School or College, the candidates will rise and face
the rostrum, and remain standing at attention. The Dean then presents
the Class to the President of the University. The President confers
the degree, and the person at the graduate’s immediate left invests
him/her with the hood. All graduates face forward, remain standing
at attention, and await the signal of the Dean before sitting.
NOTE: Graduation is a joyous and special occasion. It is
a time for celebration and merriment. You are reminded, however, that
Commencement is a formal University function. You are requested to maintain
the order and solemnity of the proceedings. It is a courtesy we
owe each other and our guests.
Events for All Degree Candidates
Seniors and Their Families
– 6:00 p.m.
J. Blackburn University Center Ballroom
Degree Candidates and Their Families
Friday, May 13 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
(Breakfast served from 8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.)
J. Blackburn University Center Ballroom