WASHINGTON – During the 2022 Opening Call, President of Howard Wayne A.I. Frederick University and U.S. Congressman James E. Clyburn encourages students to be resilient in the face of life’s challenges. In the first full in-person commencement convocation since 2019, the Howard community came together to celebrate the start of the academic year.

The address welcomed the Class of 2026 and recognized the University’s recent accomplishments despite the challenge of navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, cyberattack, and bomb threats.

“To all of the extended Howard community and to all of the bad actors who have issued or are considering issuing bomb threats against our campus or any other historically black college or university, let me say this: We will never stop continue our mission. We will never stop educating our students. We will never stop conducting research and generating great scholarships. We will never stop revealing truths. And we will never stop providing an invaluable and irreplaceable service to our communities,” said Dr. Frederick.

Chairman of the Howard University Board of Trustees, Larry C. Morse, shared his belief that despite recent troubling challenges faced by the campus community, the University is in a better position than ever. New partnerships and growing innovation drive progress on campus and continue to drive the community forward.

“At this time on our campus, we are constructing new buildings and our faculty is continually engaged in generating new knowledge through the extraordinary breadth of its vital and critical research,” Morse said. “We are educating more students of the highest caliber and continuing to attract world-class faculty and staff. We partner and collaborate with some of our nation’s most reputable and valued public and private sector organizations as we continue to create exciting new opportunities for members of our community to retain and hone their talents and innate abilities.

Congressman Clyburn spoke about his successes and failures as a student and as a career politician. Although he endured many struggles and lost three elections, he remained determined. He encouraged Howard students to never give up, no matter how many times they may falter.

“A friend of mine said to me, ‘What are you going to do now? You just raced for the third time and you lost the third time. You know what they say, three strikes and you’re out. I said to my friend, “It’s the rule of baseball, and no one should live their life by the rules of baseball,” Clyburn said. “I don’t care how many times you try; you keep trying until you succeed. If I had resigned after losing the third time around, I wouldn’t be standing in front of you today as number three in the United States House of Representatives.

Featured Image: James Clyburn delivers a keynote address at the 2022 Opening Convocation. Photo Credit: Chris Campbell

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Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private research university comprising 14 schools and colleges in Washington D.C. Students complete more than 140 programs of study leading to undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees. Howard University operates with a commitment to excellence in truth and service and has produced one Schwarzman Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, four Rhodes Scholars, 12 Truman Scholars, 25 Pickering Scholars, and more than 165 Fulbright recipients. Howard is also producing more African-American doctorates on campus. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information about Howard University, visit www.howard.edu.

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