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Virtual Degree Ceremony: Celebrating the Accomplishments of the Class of 2020

Congratulations to the Class of 2020! We hope that the Virtual Celebration for the Conferring of Degrees provided an opportunity for this year's graduating seniors to reflect and celebrate. The COVID-19 pandemic has delayed the usual in-person festivities this year, but it cannot extinguish the Howard family's pride in our graduating seniors and all their accomplishments. We hope to see you all in person next year.

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Ivory Toldson, Ph.D.
Ivory Toldson, Ph.D.
Professor of Counseling Psychology
Ivory Toldson, Ph.D.
Professor of Counseling Psychology

Ivory Toldson, Ph.D., is a professor of counseling psychology at Howard University, president and CEO of the Quality Education for Minorities Network, and editor-in-chief of The Journal of Negro Education. In the past, he served as the executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities under President Barack Obama, as well as the senior research analyst for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. 

Toldson is a prolific scholar and myth buster with more than 60 publications under his name, including four books. His most recent book, published in January 2019, is titled “No BS (Bad Stats): Black People Need People Who Believe in Black People Enough Not to Believe Every Bad Thing They Hear About Black People.” In this new book, Toldson uses data analysis, anecdotes and commentary to debunk common myths about educating Black children. His motivation for writing this work comes from talking with people who had lost hope due to negative statistics about young Black men. He found that the more he studied these statistics, the more he found that they were often incorrect, poorly contextualized, or incomplete. “No BS” comes from a desire to find solutions and combat misinformation. It is a landmark work in an expansive body of research dedicated to educational equity.

“I want Black scholars to claim authority over their expertise and remove shackles that have been placed on them.”
Christopher N. Cross
Christopher N. Cross
Christopher N. Cross

Christopher N. Cross, Ph.D. is a biomedical engineer with expertise in policy and non-profit development. During his graduate studies at Howard University, Cross became the first openly gay male student trustee in the University’s history. He also founded the Lavender Fund, a scholarship award established to provide academic financial support for Howard University students who demonstrate outstanding involvement in LGBT+ community issues. Cross has since worked in publishing, biomedical engineering, and public policy. Currently, he is a postdoctoral research fellow at Yale University’s Cancer Biology Training Program.

“I am endowed by the Universe to be who I am. This foundational understanding gives me continued solace and guidance along my journey of growth and evolution.” ”
Michaella Moore
Michaella Moore
Michaella Moore
Originally From: Newark, Delaware
Class of: 2020

Michaella Moore is a graduating senior majoring in biology with a double minor in sociology and theater arts. She is active in student governance and is the vice president of the Petey Greene Program, for which she has served as a tutor in prisons and jails.  Moore was selected by the British government as one of 46 national recipients of the 2020 Marshall scholarship, making her the third Marshall Scholar in Howard University history. She is pursuing medicine with the goal of informing public health, policy and practices on a global stage to increase heath equity in underserved communities.

“We all have a divine beat that fits into the rhythm of the world. The experiences I have had abroad completely shifted my entire view of life, health, culture, faith and humanity. Its part of my mission to not only continue this exploration of our world, but to inspire and aid other young black adults in doing the same.”

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Sabrina Newton
The professors here are not only fountains of knowledge, but they are truly passionate about their craft. I think somewhere along the line that passion spills over into the students and we become just as dedicated to causes of our own. Howard has given me a strong and fearless voice as a black woman. When I step into a room I am confident that I belong there, and I always put my best foot forward. That is the power of the Mecca.”
Sabrina Newton 2019 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship awardee
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