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Commencement Web Broadcast!

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When Can I Watch the Re-Broadcast?

The re-broadcast of this year's Commencement will be available anytime until the next Commencement in 2006.

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Commencement 2005 exercises of
Howard University re-broadcasted on the Web!

See and hear the entire 137th commencement convocation
re-broadcasted on the Web from beginning to end.

Order of Exercises
The Invocation:
Bishop Alfred A. Owens, Jr.
Greater Mt. Calvary Holy Church
Opening Remarks:
President H. Patrick Swygert
The Greeting:
Dr. Floretta Dukes McKenzie
Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees
The Welcome:
Mr. Jason S. Eaglin
College of Dentistry
The Music:
Nicolas Rimsky-Korsakoff
The Howard University Choir with Orchestra
J. Weldon Norris, Conducting
The Conferring of the Degrees, Honoris Causa
For the Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters
Ms. Catherine Liggins Hughes
The Candidate Will Be Presented by
Cornell Leverette Moore, Esq.,
Member, Board of Trustees
For the Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters
Dr. Benjamin Franklin Payton
The Candidate Will Be Presented by
Mrs. Marie C. Johns
Member, Board of Trustees
For the Degree of Doctor of Humanities
Mr. Frank Savage
The Candidate Will Be Presented by
Dr. Floretta Duke McKenzie
Chairwoman, Board of Trustees
For a Special Citation of Achievement
The Honorable Kweisi Mfume
The Candidate Will Be Presented by
Mr. Robert L. Lumpkins
Member, Board of Trustees
The Convocation Oration:
Dr. Kweisi Mfume
Former Congressman
Read the Transcript
The Spiritual:
Jester Harston, Arr.
Jonathon Williams, Tenor Soloist
The Howard University Choir
The Conferring of the Degrees in Course
College of Arts and Sciences
Dean James Donaldson, Ph.D.
School of Business
Dean Barron Harvey, Ph.D.
School of Education
Dean Vinetta Jones, Ph.D.
School of Communications
Dean Jannette Dates, Ph.D.
College of Engineering, Architecture and Computer Sciences
Dean James Johnson, Ph.D.
College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences
Dean Pedro Lecca, Ph.D.
School of Divinity
Interim Dean Bertram Melbourne, Ph.D.
College of Medicine
Dean Floyd Malveaux, M.D., Ph.D.
School of Law
Dean Kurt L. Schmoke, J.D.
College of Dentistry
Dean Leo E. Rouse, D.D.S.
School of Social Work
Interim Dean Cudore L. Snell, D.S.W.
Graduate School
Dean Orlando Taylor, Ph.D.
Alumni Association
Sandra E. Brown, Esq.
Class Gift & Pledge
Closing Remarks:
President H. Patrick Swygert