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ARTICLE Issue 005

Howard University Confers Its Largest Number of Ph.D. Degrees in History

By Gwendolyn S. Bethea, Ph.D.

Devlon Nicole Jackson, Ph.D., Communication and Culture, advisor, Dr. Carolyn Stroman, was one of four Ph.D. Candidate Exemplars, who were honored for distinguished academic and personal achievement
Devlon Nicole Jackson, Ph.D., Communication and Culture, advisor, Dr. Carolyn Stroman, was one of four Ph.D. Candidate Exemplars, who were honored for distinguished academic and personal achievement

Howard University awarded 105 Ph.D. degrees, the largest in the school's history, at its Commencement Ceremony on May 10, 2014. The school also awarded 89 master's degrees and 14 certificates in college and university preparation, women's studies, international studies, and computer security.

The Graduate School‘s Annual Hood Ceremony was held on May 8, 2014 in Cramton Auditorium. The ceremony featured tributes to the master’s, Ph.D., and certificate candidates and honored Ph.D. exemplars selected by their advisors. Exemplars included Dr. Devlon Nicole Jackson, Communication and Culture, Division of Arts and Humanities, advisor, Dr. Carolyn Stroman; Dr. Onyeka Peter Godwin, Pharmaceutical Science, Division of Biological and Life Sciences, advisor, Dr. Earl Ettienne; Dr. Charlene V. Lawson, Chemistry, Division of Engineering and Physical Sciences, advisor, Dr. William Stockwell; and Dr. Wheeler R. Winstead, African Studies, advisor, Dr. Mbye Cham; and Dr. Lucinda Aku Acquaye, Social Work, advisor, Dr. Tricia Bent-Goodley, Division of Social Sciences.

Associate Provost for Research and Graduate Studies Gary L. Harris was the keynote speaker. Dr. Harris urged candidates to live so that “they can hear their inner voices, to take risks but to ensure that the risks are close to their core beliefs and leading down a path that is both fulfilling and noteworthy.”

Howard University for several decades has been the nation's number one producer of on-campus African -American Ph.D. recipients and the nation's largest producer of African-American undergraduates in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields, who complete doctorates, among a globally diverse group of students.

In recent years, the school was named by U.S. News and World Report as one of the nation's best schools at the best prices; also, it was named one of the nation's best national universities.

Please visit www.howard.edu for Commencement Ceremony highlights.

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