President Joseph R. Biden Inspires Hope at Howard University Commencement

By Brittany Bailer

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. served as the commencement speaker for Howard’s 155th Commencement ceremony on May 13 at the Capital One Arena. Biden was conferred an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, just before delivering remarks. This year, Howard University awarded 1,852 degrees.

Howard University President Wayne A. I. Frederick, MD, MBA, hailed the graduating class for their academic success and success that lies in their futures.

“An even brighter future lies ahead for our people and our University, and it is all because of this year’s graduating class. In your quiet moments, I encourage you to reflect on our University’s motto and your personal mission,” said Frederick. “To persevere under our current global conditions requires more than ambition and personal will; it necessitates a deep understanding of ourselves and the world around us. As you close this chapter at your soon-to-be Alma Mater, I hope that your education has awakened in you a purpose that will carry you forward in life.”

Chairman of the Howard University Board of Trustees Lawrence C. Morse recognized the 50th anniversary classes of 1971, 1972, and 1973 along with this year’s graduating class.

“The class we celebrate today has demonstrated grit and determination, and above all a sincere love of the Mecca. To the members of the magnificent class of 2023 know that your journey from matriculation to graduation has been unlike any other in the history of our university. As you near to completion, I commend you once more,” said Morse.