Graduate and Professional Event Information: May 5-7th

Note: More information will be made available as soon as possible.

We extend our thanks to all who completed the commencement participation registration form by the deadline of April 16 at 5 p.m. EDT. Your responses have assisted the University in planning appropriately based upon the restrictions outlined in the waiver issued by the D.C. government. Unfortunately, due to these restrictions, there will be no extension of the commencement registration process. 

Unfortunately, secondary to District restrictions, no families, friends, nor other guests will be accommodated. The ceremony will be live streamed on WHUT, and on the University’s website.

Additionally, all participants must complete the Bisonsafe screening app, and receive a green QR code which indicates that you are “all clear” on the day of each event. The yard will be closed to any individuals not bearing a Howard University identification.

As we have indicated previously, in this pandemic environment, all plans are subject to change. If the local government decides to withdraw approval of our plans, then we will revert to a virtual commencement. Our plans are contingent on local conditions continuing to improve as evaluated by increasing vaccination rates and diminishing COVID-19 cases; if those positive developments should reverse course in a significant way, we will revert to a virtual commencement. In the event that inclement weather the day of commencement activities should render outdoor gatherings unsafe, we will cancel those activities the morning they are scheduled to take place and modify them for a virtual platform.

Of course, in-person commencement this year will look very different than it has in years past. We will observe social distancing requirements, adhere to capacity limitations and abide by other restrictions as necessary. 

Thank you all for your patience. We recognize that the uncertainty surrounding our commencement planning has not been easy for anyone, and we are grateful for your flexibility.

Between May 5 – May 7, 2021, the ceremonies for graduate and professional schools will be held in Cramton Auditorium as follows:

A portrait of Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg to Deliver Commencement Address to College of Medicine Graduates

Howard University President Wayne A. I. Frederick, M.D., MBA is pleased to announce entrepreneur, philanthropist, and three-term New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg will deliver the keynote address at the Honors and Oaths Ceremony on Friday, May 7, 2021 at 10 a.m. ET. Due to the pandemic and safety requirements, Bloomberg will address the graduating class of 2021 in a modified, private ceremony for the College of Medicine graduates only. The event will be livestreamed for family, friends and the viewing public. 

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