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H. Patrick Swygert received a B.A. degree from Howard University and a J.D. degree from Howard University School of Law. He served as Howard University president.

Dr. Gwendolyn E. Boyd, first female president of HBCU Alabama State University her alma mater (summa cum laude grad) and first African American woman to receive the M.S. degree in mechanical engineering at Yale University. She serves as an iterant elder in the A.M.E. church and received her M.Div. degree from Howard University. She is currently pursing the D.Min. degree at Howard University School of Divinity.

Lillian Lincoln Lambert is the first African American woman to receive a Business degree from Harvard University. She graduated from the Howard University School of Business with a bachelor's degree and received the M.B.A. from the Harvard University School of Business in 1969.

Kamala Harris - California's Attorney General. She received her bachelors degree from Howard University and her law degree from the University of California at Hastings College of the Law.

Elijah Cummings,The U.S. Representative for Maryland's 7th District. He received a B.A. degree from Howard University and a J.D. degree from University of Maryland, Baltimore.

Howard University graduate (B.A., 1944), Civil Rights Activist and former Executive Director of the NAACP The Honorable Benjamin Lawson Hooks received two Honorary Degrees from Howard University. He received the Doctor of Humane Letters (D.H.L.) during the 1975 Howard University Commencement as he served as Commencement Speaker and he received the Special Citation during the 1992 Howard University Commencement as he served as Commencement Speaker.

Opera Singer Jessye Norman - Howard University graduate (Mus.B., 1967) = received the D.Mus. at the 1982 Howard University Commencement. - Received Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006