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Charter Spirit Week 2024

Dear Howard University Community,

This year, we will celebrate 157 years of Howard excellence, leadership, truth, and service with the annual Charter Day Convocation and Charter Day Dinner. We're happy to introduce our inaugural Charter Spirit Week—an initiative to connect students, faculty, staff, and alumni around the dynamic origin story of Howard University and the signing of our charter!

As you know, we can't have a proper Howard celebration without you! Join us by participating in Charter Spirit Week.

HU! Did You Know…

The University charter, March 2, 1867, approved by President Andrew Johnson, designated Howard University as “a University for the education of youth in the liberal arts and sciences.” Initially funded by the Freedmen’s Bureau, a special appropriation was granted in 1879, and in 1928, the charter was amended to authorize an annual federal appropriation for the University's construction, development, improvement, and maintenance.

Read the entire charter here

Bison Spirit Week Activities

Wednesday, February 28 – Bison-owned Business Day

Support our student entrepreneurs who will showcase their businesses outside the Armour J. Blackburn Student Center.

Be ready to highlight and tag your favorite Bison-owned businesses on the University's flagship social channels.

Thursday, February 29—HU! Did you Know? Trivia Competition

How well do you know Howard?

Join in on the friendly competition between students and employees on social media by answering Howard trivia questions and dropping your answers in the comments section.

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Friday, March 1—Bison Spirit Day at Charter Day Convocation

Charter Day Convocation is a time-honored Howard tradition. Whether professional and business attire is your style, or your style can't be defined and has no limitations, we want to see you in your Bison best on Friday!

Wear your favorite Howard paraphernalia; sport your Howard lapel pin; or simply incorporate blue, white, red in your outfit, we want to see it all! If you’re in need of new ‘nalia, the Howard University Bookstore is offering a Spirit Week Discount for the Howard community. More details below.

We also invite everyone who can't attend in person to rock their Bison spirit wherever they are worldwide. Please tag us on the Howard social pages and use #BisonSpirit!

Saturday, March 2—100th Charter Day Dinner

This year marks the 100th Charter Day Dinner! Howard’s founding is celebrated, and distinguished alumni and honorees are highlighted for their achievements and contributions to Howard and the community. The dinner requires tickets for entry, as proceeds support student scholarships.

For more information about tickets and how to support the Charter Day Dinner, read more.

A festive occasion that celebrates successes and recognizes achievements, the event features a nationally recognized emcee and renowned entertainment. This year, alumni Anthony Anderson (B.F.A. ’22) and R&B singer Kenny Lattimore will serve as master of ceremonies and the entertainment.

In need of new Bison paraphernalia? There's a Spirit Week discount at the Howard University Bookstore!

Faculty and Staff: Present your HU ID at the Howard University bookstore for a discount.

Students, fans, guests and alumni: Use the code “Celebrate 24” online and in-store for a discount.

We are looking forward to celebrating with you next week! Follow @howard1867 and @husaassociation to stay up to date about Charter Spirit Week. Remember to use #BisonSpirit on social.

In Truth and Service,

Office of University Communications