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2017 Howard University Graduate School Annual Honors and Recognition Ceremony

Graduate School Honors Certificate, Master’s, and 105 Ph.D. Candidates (Largest Number in History of Howard University)

By Anatasia Tomali, Ph.D. Student, Political Science

The 2017 Howard University Graduate School Annual Honors and Recognition Ceremony took place on Thursday, May 11, 2017 in Cramton Auditorium. The ceremony included the recognition of certificate, master’s and Ph.D. candidates, as well the first Ph.D. graduate, Harold Delaney; and the first Recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award, Dr. Victor McCrary.

            At the beginning of the ceremony, Kelechi Chinyere Anyanwu Fluitt, a Ph.D. candidate in Counseling Psychology, who presided at the event, told the audience of candidates, faculty, staff, parents, and friends that that the ultimate goal of candidates was to receive their degrees and to contribute something new and novel to their fields. “We don’t just sit at a desk, writing, reading, and memorizing things,” she stated. “We, as graduate students, are in the trenches, knee deep in the forefront of knowledge --looking at something, seeing something no one else has ever seen. That is the moment when we are in our element. Charting the uncharted, writing the unwritten – these are the things we as graduate students are being trained to do and as scientists must do,” she stated.

            The ceremony included a keynote address by George K. Littleton, Ph.D., who was appointed to the Board of Trustees as Graduate Faculty Trustee in 2015. Dr. Littleton is also an associate professor in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at the Howard University College of Medicine (HUCM). Dr. Littleton talked about the importance of research and Howard University’s continuous commitment to research and excellence. The Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient, Dr. Victor R. McCrary, is the Vice President for Research and Economic Development at Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD. Dr. McCrary graduated from Howard University in 1985 with a PhD in physical chemistry.

            Dr. Constance Ellison, Senior Associate Dean of the Graduate School, recognized several outstanding Graduate Faculty members for their excellence in directing dissertations, mentoring teaching, and other work with graduate students. She stated that graduate faculty play a critical role in supporting and encouraging the academic and professional development of graduate students. They are advisors and role models for students in research, ethical conduct, professional responsibility, and personal development, she stated.

            The ceremony also recognized the 2017 retiring graduate faculty. These individuals played important roles in the academic and personal development of graduate students; they welcomed, oriented, advised, encouraged, supported, and advocated for students, stated Dr. Ellison.

            In a special tribute to retiring graduate faculty, Dr. Joseph P. Reid, Associate Provost and Professor of History, who is also retiring, recounted how times had changed since they had entered academia, most notably through advancements in communications technology. Additionally, Cherie A. Award, Ph.D. ’2016, TEDx Howard University executive producer,  delivered a rousing expression of gratitude to retiring graduate faculty; and Shaina N. Reid, Ph.D. candidate, Department of Anatomy,  gave final reflections.

            At the end of the ceremony, Dr. Gary L. Harris, the Associate Provost for Research and Graduate Studies, honored the many years of dedication and commitment of retiring graduate faculty and recognized certificate and master’s degree candidates, as well as 105 doctoral candidates, the largest number in the history of Howard University. He remarked that these candidates  had performed at the highest level and had contributed to Howard University, their community, and the nation through their academic scholarship, service and leadership.

            Candidates were granted their degrees at the Commencement Ceremony on May 13, 2017  at Burr Gymnasium. Dr. Kamala Harris. U.S. Senator, California, and Howard alumna, was the keynote speaker. For more information on Commencement activities, visit www.howard.edu.

 

2017 Retiring Graduate Faculty:

ANATOMY

Dr. Mohammed Aziz

Dr. S. Taseer Hussain

Dr. John Young

Dr. James Baker

AFRICAN STUDIES

Dr. Luis Serapiao

BIOLOGY

Dr. Winston Anderson

CHEMISTRY AND ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES

Dr. Josh Halpern

Dr. William Stockwell

CIVIL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING

Dr. Errol Noel

COLLEGE OF NURSING AND ALLIED HEALTH SCIENCES

Dr. Avis Graham

Dr. Ahmed Moen

Dr. Desmond Coverley

Ms. Adrienne Harrison

Dr. Charlene Hogan

COMMUNICATION, CULTURE & MEDIA STUDIES

Dr. Anju Grover Chaudhary

COMMUNICATION SCIENCES AND DISORDERS

Dr. Joan C. Payne

Dr. Kay T. Payne

Dr. Ronald Pearlman

ECONOMICS

Dr. Rodney Green

Dr. Kofi Kissi Dompere

ENGLISH

Dr. Sandra Shannon

HISTORY

Dr. Joseph Reidy

Dr. Balaram Dey

MATHEMATICS

Dr. Neil Hindman

Dr. Joshua Leslie

Dr. Louise Raphael

Dean James Donaldson, Ph.D.

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

Dr. Robert Reiss

MICROBIOLOGY

Dr. Georgia Dunston

NUTRITIONAL SCIENCES

Dr. Charlene Hogan

Dr. Avis Graham

PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES

Dr Soon Park

PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY

Dr Yehuda Salu

Dr. Demetrius Venable

PHYSIOLOGY

Dr. Robert Canada

POLITICAL SCIENCE

Dr. Alvin Thornton

Dr. Mervat Hatem

Dr. Michael Nwanze

Dr. Michael Frazier

SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK

Dr. Fariyal Ross-Sheriff

SOCIOLOGY

Dr. Rebecca Reviere