Alumni Ambassadors:

  • All alumni have an opportunity to provide a generous donations to the school’s general scholarship fund to assist students who are in need of financial aid. For their special donations, Alumni Ambassadors receive a specific listing on the 50th anniversary website and will be acknowledged at the Anniversary Gala. 


Anniversary Gala:

  • A special event to commemorate the 50th Anniversary, this event will bring students, faculty, staff and alumni together to celebrate the school’s half-century of success. The in-person celebration will be held at the National Press Club on November 13, 2021 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and it will be accompanied by a unique virtual experience that will allow guests to participate in specific breakout rooms, witness the in-person celebration, donate and send personal messages to former classmates, faculty and others in attendance. All proceeds benefit the building fund.

  • The event is:

    • Black tie optional.

    • All guests must provide vaccination card. Hard copy or digital picture is acceptable. 

    • Masks required inside the building.

By The Decades Dance Party:

  • A virtual dance party designed to be a FUNraiser and FUNDraiser, it will take students and alumni down a musical memory lane showcasing the best songs of their time at Howard University, while encouraging them to text a donation to raise money for student scholarships. 


“50 in 50” Alumni Social Media Feature:

  • This special social media campaign will highlight 50 alumni in 50 days. 


Dean Gracie Lawson-Borders, Ph.D.

We are thrilled to be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the ‘School of C'!


We encourage everyone to participate in our events and activities to recognize the five decades of academic excellence in communication and media.


We will culminate our celebration with our gala event in support of scholarships for our talented students.

Please, Donate Today, Thank You!!


Cathy Hughes, CEO of Radio One

Future of Innovation, Legacy of Influence

History of the School of Communications

For 50 years, the Howard University’s School of Communications has trained the nation’s top communicators and media professionals, from award-winning news anchors and journalists to filmmakers, public relation executives and researchers. This year, the celebration of the school’s 50 years of disseminating truth through communication and providing community service through storytelling will kick off with a series of events to raise funds for student scholarships.

To many, the school is nicknamed the “School of C,” but in 2016, it was named the Cathy Hughes School of Communications (CHSOC) in honor of the radio and television mogul. The future of CHSOC is currently in the hands of students focused on the changing landscape of the field. As the University moves further into interdisciplinary studies and research, Bison are able to focus on media studies, health, legal and strategic communications, film, radio, podcasting and television, and even more niche majors and minors and immersive curriculums. 


President Wayne A. I. Frederick, MD, MBA

In our modern world, truth-telling has never been more imperative. The Cathy Hughes School of Communications provides a tremendous service to our society by equipping and empowering students to communicate the truth and give voice to the voiceless. As we celebrate its 50th anniversary, we should pay tribute to the school’s tremendous legacy while also recognizing the important work that we still have to do over the course of the next 50 years.


I am confident that Howard students, alumni and faculty will continue to change the shape of our society through the strength of their communications and storytelling.


Golden Anniversary

As we celebrate 50 years of excellence in teaching and developing communication leaders, we’d like to acknowledge the following Alumni Ambassadors for their generous contributions to our school’s general scholarship fund. This fund is tapped every year by students who are in need of financial aid.


We are thankful to each of the alumni for their assistance in helping to make the Howard University educational experience attainable for our students. 




Howard University

Cathy Hughes School of Communications

300 Bryant Street NW,

Washington, D.C., 20059



(202) 806-7694


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