Howard University’s 17th President, Wayne A. I. Frederick, M.D., MBA will deliver the 149th Opening Convocation address on Friday, September 23, at 11 a.m. in Cramton Auditorium.
A proud triple alumnus, scholar, surgeon, and researcher, Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick, who became President of Howard University in 2015, attributes his ability to recognize and further Howard’s nuanced and global impact to his valued time as a member of the Howard Community. Dr. Frederick is most grateful that his matriculation at Howard continues to enhance his commitment to Howard’s pillars: Truth and Service.
On the occasion of Opening Convocation at Howard University, especial attention is called to the 150th anniversary of the granting of our Charter by the Congress of the United States on March 2, 1867, with emphasis on Howard University’s relation to local, national and global communities. “The celebration of Howard University’s sesquicentennial presents a unique opportunity to honor not only individuals who have contributed to our legacy, but also individuals who have worked tirelessly to propel this institution forward, as well as those currently and continuing to do so. Howard University has always been ambitious—as evidenced by our barrier-breaking decisions to educate women and persons of color, decades before it became the norm—an attribute that I do not envision us forfeiting anytime soon,” said President Frederick.
Opening Convocation at Howard is a time-honored tradition, officially signaling the start of the academic year. This ceremony is a welcoming event for new students and an opportunity to recognize recent achievements of the University.