- 7 October 1994 (Creation)
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Two page cream coloured certificate with white lining in dark blue folder with engraved gold seal of Howard University and the following text: Howard University Washington D.C.
Second page of citation includes golden seal of Howard University with attached blue and white ribbons.
Certificate reads, in black text:
His excellency Nelson Mandela
President of the republic of South Africa
Nelson Mandela, you have traveled by merit and steadfastness of spirit, a journey that few individuals possess the capacity to make. In recognition of your great devotion and tireless service to the causes of freedom and democracy, Howard University welcomes and honors you this day.
(10 paragraphs outline Mr Mandela's many life achievements)
Nelson Mandela, therefore by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Board of Trustees of Howard University, I do now confer upon you the honorary degree of doctor of laws, honoris causa, and admit you to all the rights and privileges pertaining thereto, I direct that you be invested with the hood appropriate to this high degree and present you with this diploma and citation.
Signed by: Dr Joyce A Ladner, Interim President, Howard University
October 7, 1994
Taken out of folder for preservation