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Howard University's 151st Commencement Convocation

Congratulations to the Class of 2019! Join us as we celebrate our prospective graduates on May 11th, 2019.

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Ajani Amiri Thomas
Ajani Amiri Thomas
Senior, Media/Film major
Ajani Amiri Thomas
Senior, Media/Film major

Named Filmmaker of the Month by the District of Columbia Office of Cable Television, Film, Music, and Entertainment (OCTFME) for the month of August. "Crispus” (produced, written and directed by Thomas) is based on the life story of Kalief Browder, a teenager falsely accused of stealing a backpack and thrown into solitary confinement in New York’s infamous Riker’s Island Prison.

“I want to tell bold stories that reflect the times that we are in now. I just want to tell stories and stay true to the realities of the people who inspire them. I see film as a surreal art. If the work isn’t bold, then it hasn’t gone far enough.”
Omari H. Swinton, Ph.D.
Omari H. Swinton, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Omari H. Swinton, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Dr. Swinton is an associate professor in the Economics department at Howard University where he teaches introductory, intermediate, and urban economics. He is currently the director of graduate studies. His research interests include labor economics and education. Dr. Swinton has published journals that examine the teenage labor market, the benefits from attending HBCUs, and the returns to a college education. He co-authored a report for National Association for Equal Opportunity entitled "The State of Blacks in Higher Education.” He earned his B.S. from Florida A & M University in 2001, and his doctoral degree from Duke University in 2007.

“My goal is to continue the tradition of supporting the professional development of minorities within the economics profession.”
David Oliver
David Oliver
Director of Track and Field/Cross Country
David Oliver
Director of Track and Field/Cross Country
“I want to get Howard's Track and Field back like it was in the late 80's -- when Howard’s name rung out in the track and field community and the team was supported at every event. It is very fulfilling as an alum to honor members of the different teams. These Bison have gone on to represent the University in many capacities on and off the cross-country courses, in business and industry, in the courtroom and in countless other ways that have made alma mater proud.”
Justin Edwards
Like so many others who have come before me, attending Howard University has opened numerous doors in my life. Receiving the recognition of becoming a competitive scholar is significant because it grants me the opportunity to advocate for the important role HBCUs play at this critical moment in our nation. HBCU students are history in the making and we must do all that we can to ensure their stories are told.”
Justin Edwards 2018 Truman Scholarship Recipient
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