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Alumni

Established in 1934, the Howard University Graduate School is the nation's largest on-campus producer of African-American doctoral recipients among a diverse population of graduates.

Many of our faculty and alumni are multicultural and renowned globally in their disciplines and specializations. They continue to make a difference in policy making decisions in most major fields in the arts and humanities, biological and life sciences, engineering and life sciences, and social sciences.

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Renowned Alumni

Howard alumni are among the nation’s highest achieving in their fields. 

Education

  • Several college presidents;
  • Dean of The Graduate School and Vice Provost for Graduate Education, Duke University, Paula D. McClain

Engineering

  • Aerospace Engineeer Aprille Ericsson, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
  • CEO of Panovel Technology Moses Asom

Entertainment

  • Debbie Allen;
  • Chaswick Bosman;
  • Sean Combs;
  • Taraji P. Henson;
  • Opera singer Jessye Norman
  • Phylicia Rashad; and
  • Frederika Whitfield.

Law

  • late Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall;

Medicine

  • renowned surgeon and teacher Lasalle D. Leffall, Jr.;
  • noted transplant surgeon Clive Callendar;
  • Howard president/surgeon, Wayne A.I. Frederick, and many others.

Politics and Social Justice

  • former Atlanta Mayor, U.N. Ambassador, and Civil Rights leader Andrew Young;
  • former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin;
  • former New York Mayor David Dinkins; 
  • former Virginia governor Douglas Wilder;
  • current Montgomery County Executive and former Howard law professor Isiah Leggett;
  • former Washington D.C. mayor Adrian Fenty;
  • Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed; 
  • former Senator Edward Brooke; and
  • Senator-Elect, California and first black person elected to represent the state of California in the U.S. Senate Kamala Harris.

Social Sciences

  • Dean of The Graduate School and Vice Provost for Graduate Education, Duke University, Paula D. McClain