Howard University will honor President Patricia McGuire at its 145th Commencement Convocation on Saturday, May 11, 2013. President McGuire will be awarded an honorary degree for her transformation of Trinity since she became president in 1989, her leadership role in higher education both locally and nationally, and her many contributions to the Washington community.
Howard will also award honorary degrees to two women who have been Commencement speakers at Trinity and received Trinity honorary degrees: Marie C. Johns, deputy administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration and former president of Verizon Washington and entrepreneur and philanthropist Sheila C. Johnson, who also owns three professional sports franchises. The late Jack F. Kemp, who was a Republican congressman and cabinet secretary, will receive an honorary degree posthumously.
In selecting the individuals who will be awarded honorary degrees, Howard University continues the tradition of identifying leaders whose work has clearly contributed to the betterment of communities and the world.
Former President Bill Clinton will give the keynote address at Howard’s Commencement.
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President McGuire earned her bachelor of arts degree cum laude from Trinity College and her law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center. She is currently a member of the boards of directors of the Greater Washington Board of Trade, the Washington Metropolitan Consortium of Universities, the D.C. College Success Foundation, the Community Foundation of the National Capital Region, the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, United Educators, and the Ameritas Mutual Holding Company. She previously served on a governance advisory task force for the American Institute of Architects, and as a member of the Independent Governance Advisory Panel for the American Red Cross. She is a member of the Women’s Advisory Board of the Girl Scouts of the Nation’s Capital.
She served previously on the boards of Goodwill of Greater Washington, the Eugene and Agnes Meyer Foundation, the Washington Hospital Center, the American Council on Education, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the National Defense Intelligence College, the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
President McGuire has received honorary degrees from Georgetown University, the College of New Rochelle, Liverpool Hope University, Mt. Aloysius College and the College of St. Elizabeth. In 2012, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities recognized President McGuire’s leadership in higher education with the Henry Paley Award. In 2007, the Greater Washington Board of Trade named President McGuire the “Leader of the Years,” the top business honor for this regional chamber of commerce. The Washington Business Journal included President McGuire among that publications list of “Women Who Mean Business.” Washingtonian magazine has named her among the “150 Most Powerful People in Washington” and the “100 Most Powerful Women of Washington.” She has also received honors and awards from the Washington Business Journal, D.C.College Access Program, Gallaudet University, Georgetown University Law Center, and other civic and educational organizations.