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Pictured Above: Board of Trustees Chair Joseph L. Askew, Esq. ’98
and Dean Rachel Petty, Ph.D. place the honorary doctoral hood on Major
General Errol R. Schwartz ’80, keynote speaker for the occasion.
The May 7th Commencement Day at the Walter E. Washington
Convention Center belonged to the joyful University of the District of
Columbia, UDC David A. Clarke School of Law, and Community College
graduates. It turned out that it was a center stage moment to a
couple of alumni, too. For the first time, the honorary degree
recipients were esteemed
graduates of the University. Mary C. Thompson ’53 received the Myrtilla
Miner Founder’s Award, newly established by President Allen L. Sessoms
to honor the University’s predecessor school’s founder. Thompson, who is
in her second term as an alumni representative to UDC’s Board of
Trustees, was acknowledged by President Sessoms for her “time,
substance, and individual efforts to UDC.” Also recognized was Major
General Errol R. Schwartz ’80, who was awarded an honorary Doctor of
Humane Letters degree.
The Commanding General for the District of Columbia National Guard
told the Class of 2011 that as graduates of UDC, they were “now prepared
to do things and do things
well.” He went on to say that they should hold on to the values of
integrity, respect, and excellence in all they would pursue. But perhaps
the most poignant remarks were those of Senior Class President Veronica
Alcantara, who presented the Senior Class Gift. “It’s all up to us to
keep this greatness [University of the District of Columbia] alive,” she
told her classmates. “We hold the pen of history in our hands.”
After the speakers were done, the degrees awarded and the
triumphant recessional played, the proud new alumni strode outside into
the sunshine for what was the dawning of their bright future.
Honoring the Golden Jubilee Class of 1961!!
When Frances M. Plummer, Ed.D., Delores Coppedge Carter, Frances
Garner Brock, and Gloria Terry Freeman took on the roles of class agents
for the DCTC Class of 1961, it was a sure thing that their Golden
Jubilee Anniversary would meet with success. The four educators
immediately started dialing and
e-mailing their former classmates and the rewards of their labor were
seen on Tuesday, April 26th when alums, near and far—Wanda M. Collins
travelled from California—came to celebrate the milestone. And what’s a
celebration if others don’t join in? That question was answered by the
Miner Teachers College Class of ’46, who were celebrating their 65th
Anniversary. They were led by their class agent, the exuberant and
irrepressible Georgia Johnson Herron. The 65th anniversary class also
had an out-of-town representative, Edna Nichols Douglas, who made the
trip from Pennsylvania. With an abundance of good food and cheers from
members of other classes, UDC students and family and friends, the
celebrating classes reminisced and told heartwarming stories about their
school days. The hours passed by almost too quickly during this festive
Alumni Reunion event.
Above: The Class of ’61 are a happy group displaying their gold 50th
Anniversary medals. From left—Row 1, Gloria Terry Freeman, Benita
Pyndell, Miriam C. Douglas, and Joan Brown; Row 2—Dorothy Acker Jenkins
and Delores Coppedge Carter; Row 3—Marguerite G. Tillman, Andrew E.
Jenkins, III, Wanda Moore Collins, and Joan Thomas Kelly (behind and to
the right of Wanda Collins); and Row 4—Frances M. Plummer, Frances
Garner Brock, and Norma Archer Carter.
to the Right: Class of ’46 members seated from left, Essie
Blakeney Taylor, Edna Nichols Douglas, Georgia Johnson Herron, and Betty
Fitzgerald Gillis ( with back to camera is Rosa Leak Clayton ’76,
’79). Standing is John T. Butler, Assoc. VP for Institutional
Advancement and ’46 members Eloise Hall Harris, Jeanette Hatcher Smith,
Louise Nelson Robinson, Vernal Whitaker James, Marjorie Hines Burke, and
Dr. Marian Moody Shell (2nd from right). At Shell’s right is Marion
Douglas (Edna Douglas’ daughter) and to Shell’s left is Dr.
Carolivia Herron (daughter of Georgia Herron).