Charter Day 2021: A Virtual Celebration

The convocation speech was streamed on Friday, March 5th. President Wayne A.I. Frederick served as the convocation speaker

On Saturday, March 6th, Howard University's 154th anniversary was celebrated with Cedric the Entertainer as master of ceremonies of a virtual event. The virtual event boasted a line-up of exciting entertainment, including Matt the Violinist and Step Afrika!, the award-winning company founded by Howard’s own C. Brian Williams. The program booklet is viewable online.

 Howard University Charter Day: A Virtual Celebration Hosted by Cedric "The Entertainer"

About Charter Day

The annual Charter Day Celebration is the culminating event of a weekend dedicated to celebrating the anniversary of the signing of the University Charter by President Andrew Johnson on March 2, 1867.

As no other single event on the University calendar, the Charter Day Celebration displays before a cosmopolitan audience, the University’s strengths in many dimensions. The Celebration showcases its enduring qualities in the development of excellence and leadership as will be reflected in tributes, on March 6th, to three outstanding alumni; its attractiveness to, and substantive partnership with, the corporate world; and its continuing relevance to the community as well as students, alumni and friends of all ages.

Since 1943, awards have been presented to alumni for their distinguished postgraduate achievements in a variety of fields.  To date, over 300 alumni, including this year’s recipients, have been so honored, including luminaries such as Zora Neale Hurston, Thurgood Marshall, Ossie Davis, and L. Douglas Wilder.

Over the past decades, the Celebration has reached a level of prominence as Howard’s preeminent fundraising event.  The day preceding the Celebration, an academic convocation is held in Cramton Auditorium on the main campus.