A Message from the President
Dear 1998 Graduate:
As you approach this milestone in your
life, I ask you to pause for just a moment to reflect not only on your achievements, but
on your place in the legacy of Howard University.
Most of you came to this institution only
four years ago, leaving your homes for the very first time. Others ventured here in
pursuit of broader fields of knowledge, building on an already solid platform of
learning. Some of you took leave from careers and family obligations to pursue an
unselfish dream, paving not only your way but a way for the future of your family as well
as the global family. However you arrived here, you depart stronger--intellectually,
socially and spiritually.
This, my fellow alumni, is the Howard
legacy. For 131 years, our great university has produced leaders in whom alma mater
instilled, through unparalleled academic rigor, the intellectual confidence and strength
of spirit that allowed them to effect positive change in American society and the world
community. Now you have proved yourselves leaders. You have earned a place among those who
call Howard "home:" from Edward Brooke, Patricia Roberts Harris, Thurgood
Marshall and Toni Morrison, to Ossie Davis, Debbie Allen, Andrew Young and Frank Savage.
Do not forget, sons and daughters of
Howard, that legacy is more than tradition. Certainly, Howard's traditions--access to
world leaders, the noontime alma mater ringing from the clocktower, provocative debate,
homecoming, grand convocations--continue to define our culture of excellence. Howard's
legacy, however, dictates that we draw upon that excellence to share with others the
truths we have learned: we are a great, ineradicable people capable of great achievement
against the most disparaging odds.
Now is your time to share these truths.
This is your entitlement and your obligation, not because you are graduating, but because
you are a Howard graduate.
Continue the legacy in peace, strength and