Remarks by Mr. Frank Savage
Chairman, Board of Trsutees
Graduates, parents, honorees, platform guests,
faculty, alumni, staff, loyal friends, and supporters of Howard University, on
behalf of the board of trustees, welcome to the 135th commencement day.
commencement is the high point of the academic year when we celebrate the
fruits of our collective effort.
To our commencement speaker- Bishop William Deveaux, Howard Alumnus – welcome home and know that alma mater is proud of you.
Honorees, it is a privilege to acknowledge your many
accomplishments, and we are delighted that you are here to share this day with
us. we honor ourselves when we honor you.
To the faculty, I extend our most sincere gratitude
for your dedication and preparation of our students. be justly proud of this
manifestation of your hard work.
To my fellow trustees, especially those who are
retiring from the board ,my personal thanks for you devoted service to Howard.
To the parents and families, hallelujah, let’s
celebrate – they have made it!
Class of 2003, we look out upon you, young and
gifted, poised to make your mark on the world. we feel a great pride in your
You graduate at a time full of both challenge and
promise. You shall be expected, as Howard graduates
before you, to rise to the occasion. The euphoria of
the end of the Cold War
has been assailed by forces, which would divide us along religious and
ideological lines. We must resist these forces. You are Howard’s contribution to this struggle and
you are fully prepared, intellectually and spiritually to take on this
You join the Howard men and woman who have helped
shape the history and culture of our world. Add to
that precious legacy! Embrace your future with
confidence that you possess the qualities and skills required to lead and to
serve. you are gifted with a Howard education.
You must also secure Howard’s legacy by giving back
to your community and contribute to the continued growth of her endowment to
ensure she is able to provide an excellent education to those who follow you. Congratulations and good luck. thank you.