Charter Day Convocation

 Commemorating the
One Hundred and Thirty-Fourth Anniversary
of the
Founding of the University

1867 - 2001

Friday, March Second
Two Thousand One
Eleven O'Clock in the Morning
Cramton Auditorium
University Campus

THE CONVOCATION PROGRAM

Presiding

H. PATRICK SWYGERT
President
Howard University

THE ACADEMIC PROCESSIONAL MUSIC

THE PRESIDENTIAL FANFARE
J. Weldon Norris

Felix Mendelssohn
The War March of the Priests

THE ACADEMIC PROCESSION
(AUDIENCE, PLEASE STAND.)

PRESENTATION OF THE COLORS

THE INVOCATION
THE REVEREND DOCTOR BERNARD L. RICHARDSON
Dean of the Chapel

THE REMARKS
Mr. Swygert

THE MUSIC
Jioachino Rossini
Inflammatus et accensus
The Howard University Choir with Orchestra
Sonja Teal, Soprano Soloist
J. Weldon Norris, Conducting

THE INTRODUCTION OF ALUMNI AWARD RECIPIENTS

DR. EBENEZER B. BUSH
--Dentistry and Community Service

DR. OSSIE R. DAVIS
--Fine Arts and Mass Communication

DR. J.C. HAYWARD
--Community and Public Service

MR. LUTHER STOVALL
--Fine Arts


THE CONFERRING OF THE DEGREE
Doctor of Humanities, Honoris Causa
Mr. Sanford I. Weill
Chairman and CEO, Citigroup, Inc.

THE RECIPIENT WILL BE PRESENTED BY
Mr. Earl G. Graves
Member, Board of Trustees

THE PRESENTATION OF THE CITATION
Mr. Swygert

THE ADDRESS
DR. JOHN HOPE FRANKLIN
Historian and James B. Duke Professor of History Emeritus

THE SPIRITUAL
Jesus, Lay Your Head in De Winter

Keith Craig, Tenor Soloist
The University Choir

THE ALMA MATER

THE BENEDICTION
(AUDIENCE, PLEASE STAND.)

 RETIRING OF THE COLORS

THE ACADEMIC RECESSIONAL
(AUDIENCE, PLEASE REMAIN STANDING.)

 

MEMBERS OF THE
HOWARD UNIVERSITY BOARD OF TRUSTEES

THE OFFICERS OF THE UNIVERSITY

Mr. H. Patrick Swygert
President

Artis G. Hampshire-Cowan, Esq.
Senior Vice President & Secretary 

 

Dr. Richard Lucas
Interim Vice President for
University Advancement

Mr. Raymond W. Archer III
Interim Vice Provost for
Student Affairs

Dr. Don Coleman
Provost and Chief Academic Officer

Floyd J. Malveaux, M.D.
Vice Provost for
Health Affairs &
Dean, College of Medicine

 

 

 

Mr. Thomas J. Elzey
Senior Vice President
and Chief Financial Officer

Norma B. Leftwich, Esq.
General Counsel

Dr. Hassan Minor, Jr.
Senior Vice President
Government Affairs &
Strategic Planning

 

THE ALMA MATER

Reared against the eastern sky
Proudly there on hilltop high,
Far above the lake so blue
Stands old Howard firm and true.
There she stands for truth and right,
Sending forth her rays of light,
Clad in robes of majesty;
O Howard, we sing of thee.

Be thou still our guide and stay
Leading us from day to day;
Make us true and leal and strong,
Ever bold to battle wrong.
When from thee we’ve gone away,
May we strive for thee each day
As we sail life’s rugged sea,
O Howard, we’ll sing of thee.

---Words, J. H. Brooks,  ’16
---Music, F. D. Malone,  ’16

 

THE MACE

      THE MACE, carried by the University Marshal, Dr. Gary L. Harris, Professor of Electrical Engineering, is the ceremonial symbol of the University.  Its origin dates back to at least 1300 B.C. and was a symbol of kingly authority in ancient Egypt (KMT).  One of the oldest visual images of the mace was carried by Tutankhamen (King Tut) during the 17th Dynasty.  It is used on all occasions of academic ceremony at the University.  At today's Convocation, the entry of the mace heralds the arrival of the academic procession.

 

THE PRESIDENTIAL CHAIN OF OFFICE

(The Medallion)

      The Presidential Chain of Office, worn by President Swygert, was presented to the University on the occasion of the Centennial Celebration in 1967 by Trustee Herman B Wells and his mother, Mrs. Granville Wells.  The chain symbolizes the current and past holders of the Office of President.

      The basic material of the chain is sterling silver, plated with hard gold.  Both the University Seal and the Centennial Seal are appended to the chain.