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Vice President for Student Affairs—Welcome to Howard University Graduating Class 2015
July 15, 2011
Congratulations on your decision to attend Howard University—an institution renowned for its academic excellence, vibrant student development programs, and long tradition of sending into the world talented graduates who are prepared to make a serious impact on contemporary society as thinkers, activists, and leaders. For more than a century, Howard University alumni have contributed to the local, national, and international communities through their advocacy and participation in the critical intellectual debates of our times.

Class of 2015, in approximately 4 years, it is you who will be traveling to various parts of the world as graduates of Howard University. That is why it is important that you spend the next few days, weeks, and months learning about the heart and soul of this great institution—its values, legacy, and traditions—so that you can better understand the expectations and responsibilities that come with being a member of the Howard University family.

The Division of Student Affairs is the “Oversoul” of Howard University. It is the web that supports and connects all other critical units on campus. We are your advocates whose mission it is to provide you with a safe, engaging, nurturing environment where you can be highly productive and creative throughout your matriculation. Although an important aspect of our mission is to create paths for you to be successful in your academic courses, we are also committed, through our own programs and initiatives, to bring you opportunities that stimulate your imagination, sharpen your critical perspective, and broaden your range of experiences—including opportunities for leadership development, co-curricular involvement, and service learning engagements.

Student Affairs—Residence Life, Student Life and Activities, the University Counseling Center, Career Services, Special Student Services, and the Blackburn Center—is excited about welcoming you this August 2011 because we have so much planned this year to keep you motivated and connected. We encourage you to explore and participate in as many activities as possible so that you can begin the enviable process of becoming Howard University ambassadors and leaders.

Best wishes for a successful matriculation at Howard University! We look forward to seeing you at the New Student Orientation and Pinning Ceremony on Saturday, August 13, 2011.

Barbara L.J. Griffin, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs
Howard University

Howard University, Office of University Communications,
2225 Georgia Ave. NW,
Washington, D.C. 20059