“Oh Howard, we sing of thee,” are the precious words of the Howard University alma mater that graduates of the Class of 2022 will proudly sing on Commencement Day, May 7, 2022. The Class of 2022 has been through quite a journey and are nonetheless very excited to be having an in-person Commencement ceremony.
Howard University Senior Kalen Martin said, “I am ecstatic to be having an in-person graduation ceremony. After losing my entire junior year on campus, I am excited to be able to experience such a monumental moment in my life after thinking I wouldn’t get to.”
The Class of 2022 has undergone such an usual college experience due to the Covid-19 pandemic. From starting their Howard journey in-person and having a normal college experience to out of nowhere having to return home and be completely virtual, many graduating seniors such as Cameryn Burnette feel that the pandemic negatively impacted their college experience.
“The pandemic caused me a lot of emotional upheavals,” said Burnette “At some points I felt very hopeless, or felt like maybe I was on the wrong path because I had lots of time to reflect on things like if the degree and career I’m pursuing is my true calling.”
This is a sentiment that many seniors relate to, however the opportunity to have an in-person graduation has been the light at the end of the tunnel for many.
Even though the Class of 2022 is nearing the end of their Howard journey, they want to make sure to pass along advice to the classes to come after them.
Graduating senior Lindsey Dixon said: “Completely enjoy your Howard experience, there’s no place like Howard. Make friends and build connections because you never know what can happen or where you all will end up. If you have that extra day on the Yard, go for a walk or eat outside. Soak every bit of it in.”
The Howard University experience is truly unmatched.
The Class of 2022 will be joined by family and friends as they become official graduates of the illustrious Howard University. Although each graduate has had a different experience, each have expressed that they are incredibly proud of how far they have come and are extremely excited for what is next.
Congratulations to Howard University’s Class of 2022. We cannot wait to see all the great things you all will accomplish in the years to come!