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Graduates celebrate the end of the 156th Commencement, officially marking them as degreed alumni of Howard University (Photo by: Latrel Caton)

Howard University Confers The Class of 2024 in 156th Commencement Convocation

“Perseverance got me this degree. I had so many chances where I could’ve quit, and the goal wasn’t in clear sight,” said Christopher Derival, a New Jersey native and first-generation graduate student. With more than 2,500 candidates for graduation, Derival earned his degree in computer science.

Approximately 439 graduates are first-generation degree recipients. Nearly 2,000 of the degrees conferred were bachelor’s degrees; 1,167 Bison hail from Southern states. The College of Arts and Sciences housed the largest group of undergraduates with 739 candidates. Nearly 50 members of the Class of 1974 gathered for its golden reunion, sitting on the left side of Capital One Arena.

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In Your Words

Tamara Holmes


There’s always this sense of students teaching students, and that goes with that whole family atmosphere, that belonging atmosphere,”

- Tamara Holmes (B.A. '94), former editor, reporter at The Hilltop
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History & Heritage 2024 springfest: behind the scenes

Performers of this year's 2024 Springfest

History & Heritage 2024 springfest: behind the scenes

Springfest has become a Howard University annual tradition that serves as both a break from the school grind and a chance for creative Bison to prove their talents to The Yard. To capture this year's cultural signifier, students Zora Johnson and Aisha Y. June grant us an inside look of Springfest 2024.

“Through our lenses as current students, Springfest performers, and artists, we curated a photo gallery to provide an insider’s look for anyone who might’ve missed Springfest as a way to celebrate the Bison whose genius, commitment to service, style and familial vibes make the Howard experience unique,” they wrote. 

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