Each May, commencement ceremonies are held on the main campus of Howard University. The Commencement ceremony celebrates the accomplishments of all graduating students from degree-granting programs across the University. The College of Dentistry's Honors and Awards Ceremony also occurs during Commencement Week Activities.

In Compliance with the University's policy on COVID-19, Commencement and All-Class Reunions are canceled. Issued recommendations that for the next 8 weeks, organizers cancel or post-pone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States. Although the CDC states that this does not apply to the day to day operations of institutions of higher education, we do not consider commencement a day to day operation. Given that Howard’s Commencement activities garner crowds of thousands, and the numerous elders and children regularly in attendance, we will cancel the event to avoid the potential for additional virus spread which would be problematic


2020 Commencement details are:

Monday May 4th, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Cap and Gown Pick Up/ HU Bookstore


Tuesday May 5th, 2:00 p.m. 
Practice for Graduates - Cramton Auditorium


Thursday May 7th, 8:00 a.m.
Victor Hancock Lecture Series and Alumni Luncheon - College of Dentistry 

Friday May 8th, 11:00 a.m.
Dental Hygiene Pinning Ceremonies

Friday May 8th, 2:30 p.m.
Honors and Awards Ceremony 
Cramton Auditorium

Saturday May 9th, 10:00 a.m.
Commencement -Upper Quadrangle


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