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4/19/2019 Update on Howard University Upper Quadrangle

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Update On Howard University Upper Quadrangle

April 19, 2019 | Written by Howard Newsroom Staff

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Dear Howard University Family,

Our campus is a beautiful, sacred space that provides comfort and, in many ways,
sanctuary in a place that feels more like a second home than merely an academic
institution. The Upper Quadrangle, commonly referred to as the Yard, is a
treasured site of many auspicious occasions. Our Commencement Ceremony is the
ultimate long walk that symbolizes a sacred tradition, symbolic of every student’s
matriculation. The Howard University community wants to see this area remain
pristine and symbolic of all that Howard University represents. 

We are aware of the concerns regarding dog walking across campus. Howard is a
private institution nestled in the heart of an urban city and we’ve shared a long-
standing positive relationship with our evolving community for more than 150
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We can relate to the Nation wanting to visit and witness the Howard mystique. The
institution has a tradition of opening our doors for everyone to observe the best
that Howard University has to o er. We’ve shared many symposiums, workshops
and concerts with our neighbors. Our annual parade proudly wraps through the
surrounding streets and our students walk safely through the neighborhood. 

At the beginning of my presidency we held regular meetings that included

students, faculty and members of the Advisory Neighborhood Committees to
cultivate a town and gown relationship. I recently reached out to our local ANC and
Councilwoman to engage in a dialogue. We recognize that service animals are a
necessary aspect of modern-day life and we will accommodate them as needed.
We appreciate pet owners respecting our campus by not bringing pets onto the
private areas. 

Thank you for your emails and expressive thoughts surrounding this matter. I will
always work in the best interest of the Howard University community. 

Excellence in Truth and Service,

Wayne A. I. Frederick, M.D., MBA


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