About Charter Day
Charter Day is a time-honored tradition commemorating the signing of the federal charter on March 2, 1867, by President Andrew Johnson establishing Howard as a university. Howard was founded by Civil War hero General Oliver O. Howard. The main campus is home to 256 acres of land across the District of Columbia and Maryland. With our Main Campus located in northwest DC, the School of Law, School of Divinity, and Howard's research facility each have dedicated campuses nearby.
As a private research university, Howard University today has awarded more than 100,000 degrees in the professions, arts, sciences and humanities. The University is comprised of 14 schools and colleges, where students pursue 143 programs of study leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees.
Charter Day Convocation
The annual Charter Day Convocation ceremony commemorates the signing of the federal charter on March 2, 1867, by President Andrew Johnson establishing Howard as a university. Scheduled for Friday, March 3, 2023, Charter Day Convocation is open to the public.
156th Charter Day Convocation
Friday, March 3, 2023
Cramton Auditorium, Washington DC
Charter Day Dinner
The Charter Day Dinner is a festive occasion that celebrates successes and recognizes achievements. Hosted by a nationally recognized emcee and featuring renowned entertainment, the University’s founding is celebrated, and award honorees are highlighted for their successes and contributions to Howard and the community. The dinner is by subscription, as proceeds support student scholarships.
99th Charter Day Dinner
Saturday, March 4, 2023
Marriott Marquis Hotel, Washington, DC