Thursday, May 05, 2016

Howard University Community Connection Newsletter: Commencement Edition

From: Bennett, Maybelle T. []
Sent: Thursday, May 5, 2016 6:17 PM
Subject: HU Community Connection Newsletter - Commencement Edition

Greetings, Scott:

Please share this final Howard Community Connection Newsletter of the academic year with our neighbors. 

Maybelle Taylor Bennett
Howard University Community Association
2400 Sixth Street, N.W. Room 323
Washington, D.C. 20059
Ph: (202) 806-2661
Fx: (202) 667-4340

Howard University Community Connection - May 2016

Howard Community Connection Newsletter
Commencement Edition

Hello neighbors and congratulations to the Class of 2016! This Saturday, Howard University will celebrate academic excellence as more than 2,000 students take the legendary Long Walk on Howard's campus. Check out the latest updates about Commencement Convocation here. 
Commencement 2016 Broadcasts
Live Stream

The 148th Commencement Convocation will be live streamed on, and on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 9:30 a.m.

WHUT Television Broadcast

WHUT will broadcast the Commencement Convocation LIVE beginning with the pre-show at 9:30 a.m., followed by the main Commencement program at 10:00 am, on Saturday, May 7, 2016.

The program will re-air on Sunday, May 8 at 7:30 am.

WHUR Radio Broadcast 

Tune into the radio broadcast of the Commencement Convocation at WHUR 96.3 FM.

D.C. Department of Transportation: Georgia Avenue Dedicated Bus/Bike Lane Activation

The Georgia Avenue Dedicated Bus Lanes were activated on Monday, April 11, 2016 along Georgia Avenue NW from Barry Place to Florida Avenue. The dedicated bus lanes will be in effect Monday – Saturday between the hours of 7:00 am to 10:00 pm.

Only the following vehicles are allowed to use the dedicated bus lanes during this timeframe:  Transit buses, tour buses, charter buses, and school buses • Taxicabs that are in active passenger service • Bicycles (does not include pedicabs) • Paratransit service vehicles • Authorized emergency vehicles • Vehicles making a turn at an intersection or driveway within 40 ft. of turn (A vehicle may enter a designated bus lane within forty feet (40 ft.) of an intersection or driveway, to make a turn at that intersection or driveway.)

Fines will be issued for moving and non-moving violations.

Upcoming Campus Events
April 21
Formal Spring 2016 Classes Ended

April 24 – May 5
Final Examinations Period

May 7

May 8
Residence Halls close at 5:00 p.m.

May 17 – May 19
Residence Hall Open for check-in – Summer Session I

May 22 – June 21
Summer Session I

June 24
Residence Hall Open for check-in – Summer Session II

June 26 – July 26
Summer Session II
Video - View WHUT's promotion video of Commencement 2016 here

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Howard University Advancement Telecenter
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Senior Profile

18 Questions with 6 or 7 Bison: Jazmine Robinson

Video - 18 Questions with 6 or 7 Bison: Jazmine Robinson

Pharmacy Students Launch Health Fair for LeDroit Park Seniors 

The Office of Off-Campus Housing and Community Engagement (OCHCE) and the Howard University Community Association (HUCA) in conjunction with the students of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association- Howard University College of Pharmacy Chapter, held a Health Fair at the LeDroit Park Seniors Apartment.  This event was held on Thursday, March 24.  Over 35+ LeDroit Park residents attended and participated in the numerous health screenings and health education information sessions.  The information sessions focused on health related issues such as hypertension, diabetes, and drug education for the elderly population.  Pharmacy students and staff were interested in making this an annual event and teaming up with students from other health science schools and colleges to bring similar services to seniors and families in the area.

Pets on Campus
To ensure the health and public safety of the university community and preserve the integrity of the grounds, dogs or other pets are not allowed on Howard properties, with the exception of Service Animals.

Dogs and other pets that are brought onto university property must be restrained by a leash or otherwise under the direct control of a responsible person. Please keep animals away from water fountains, ponds and decorative structures. Animal waste and other messes caused by a pet must be immediately cleaned up and properly disposed of by the pet owner. Individuals bringing an animal to campus assume the financial responsibility for damages to property or injury to other individuals caused by their pet.  Thank you for your support in maintaining a healthy university environment!

2016 Housing Fair

The Office of Off-Campus Housing and Community Engagement (OCHCE) 2016 Housing Fair was held on Wednesday, April 13 in the Armour J. Blackburn Center.  The Howard University community’s overwhelming support made the event a tremendous success.  Over 500 students, staff, faculty and community members attended the event. There were 32 vendors including 5 sponsors present.  Over 20 give-away prizes totally over $1800 were awarded to students, staff, faculty and community members.


Traditionally, Howard's commencement convocation is held on the main yard of the campus. Within the yard lies a pathway known as "The Long Walk." Originally, the pathway connected Greene Stadium and Founders Library. At Howard, "The Long Walk" represents the pathway to academic excellence and the struggle to achieve against all odds.  It also represents the transformation of students into civic leaders and global citizens while taking "the walk," characteristic of a Howard graduate. For that reason, Howard Bison regard the main yard as sacred. Students often avoid walking on the grass, based on the superstition that walking on the grass will prevent you from graduating.

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