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Commencement 2009 exercises of
Howard University re-broadcast on the Web

See and hear the entire 141st commencement convocation
re-broadcast on the Web from beginning to end.

View the Entire Program (PDF)

Ordering Videos:

Purchase Order Forms for the DVDs can be obtained from the graduate clearer of each School/College beginning April 13, and at the Howard University Bookstore beginning May 4-8. You may also download the Purchase Order Form (PDF). The cost is $32.00 per DVD.

Order of Exercises
The National Anthem and
Lift Every Voice and Sing
The Invocation:
Dr. Gene Rice
Professor, Old Testament Language and Literature
Howard University, School of Divinity
Opening Remarks:
President Sidney A. Ribeau
The Greeting:
Mr. Addison Barryh Rand
Chairman of the Board of Trustees
The Welcome:
Ms. Chinué Turner Richardson
Juris Doctor Candidate in the School of Law
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
Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole

The Candidate Will Be Presented by
Charisse R. Lillie, Esq.
Member, Board of Trustees
For the Degree of Doctor of Humanities
Mr. Laurence John Fishburne III
The Candidate Will Be Presented by
Mrs. Marie C. Johns
Member, Board of Trustees
For the Degree of Doctor of Laws
His Excellency Mr. Festus G. Mogae, NYB, MCC, PH, MP
The Candidate Will Be Presented by
Mr. Frank Savage
Chairman Emeritus, Board of Trustees
For the Degree of Doctor of Humanities
Mr. Ronald A. Williams

The Candidate Will Be Presented by
Mr. Earl G. Graves, Sr.
Member, Board of Trustees
For the Degree of Doctor of
Humane Letters
Ms. Gwen Ifill

The Candidate Will Be Presented by
Mr. Addison Barry Rand
Chairman, Board of Trustees
The Convocation Oration:
Dr. Gwen Ifill
Moderator and Managing Editor
“Washington Week”
The Spiritual:
J. Weldon Norris, Arr.
Thank You Jesus
Leon Clark, Tenor Soloist
The Howard University Choir
The Conferring of the Degrees in Course
College of Arts & Sciences
James A. Donaldson, Ph.D., Dean
School of Business
Barron H. Harvey, Ph.D., Dean
School of Education
Leslie T. Fenwick, Ph.D., Dean
John H. Johnson
School of Communications

Jannette L. Dates, Ph.D., Dean
College of Engineering,
Architecture & Computer Sciences

James H. Johnson, Jr., Ph.D., Dean
College of Pharmacy, Nursing and
Allied Health Sciences

Beatrice Adderley-Kelly, Ph.D., Dean
School of Divinity
Alton B. Pollard III, Ph.D., Dean
College of Medicine
Robert E. Taylor, M.D., Ph.D., Dean
School of Law
Kurt L. Schmoke, J.D., Dean
College of Dentistry
Leo E. Rouse, D.D.S., Dean
School of Social Work
Cudore L. Snell, D.S.W., Dean
Graduate School
Orlando L. Taylor, PH.D., Dean
Induction of Graduates into the Howard University Alumni Association, Inc.
Kimberly C. Singleton, President
The Passing of the Torch
Ms. Judith Whitted Biagas
Class of 1959
The Presentation of Graduating
Students’ Class Gift and Pledge
Charles Adrian Taylor
School of Business
The Alma Mater
Mr. Marcus A. Ware
President, Howard University Student Association
The Retiring Academic Recessional

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