Hope to Award Honorary Degree to
Speaker During Opening
Posted August 14, 2001
HOLLAND -- The 140th academic year at Hope College
will begin formally with an opening convocation on Sunday,
Aug. 26, at 2 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.
The public is invited. Admission is free.
The convocation address will be delivered by Dr.
Orlando L. Taylor, who is dean of the Graduate School and a
graduate professor in the School of Communication at Howard
University in Washington, D.C. Hope will be conferring an
honorary degree, a doctor of letters (Litt.D.) upon Taylor
during the convocation.
The convocation ceremony will be carried live on
local cable, Channel 6, in Holland.
A private institution, Howard University is the
only historically and predominantly black university
recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of
Teaching as a Level I Research University. The university
ranks among the nation's largest producers of African
American Ph.D. recipients.
Taylor played a leadership role in establishing
the academic exchange relationship that Hope and Howard
University have maintained since 1998. Through the
relationship, several "ABD" (all but dissertation) doctoral
candidates from the university have spent an internship year
at Hope as "Preparing Future Faculty Teaching Fellows."
Fellows have worked with Hope departments ranging from
English to mathematics.
Taylor has been a member of Howard University's
faculty since 1973. He chaired Howard's Department of
Communication Arts and Sciences from 1975 to 1980, and
served as Dean of its School of Communications from 1985 to
1993. He has served as the Graduate Dean since 1993.
He served as executive assistant to the president
at Howard University in 1994, and as interim vice president
for academic affairs during 1994-95. During 1996-97 he was
also Dean in Residence at the Council of Graduate Schools in
Taylor is the author of numerous articles,
chapters and books, including the books "Language
Acquisition Across North America: Cross Cultural and Cross
Linguistic Perspectives" and "Making the Connection:
Language and Academic Achievement for African American
Children," both published in 1999.
He is a member of numerous boards. He is
currently chair of the Board of Directors of the Council of
Graduate Schools; a member of the Advisory Council,
Education and Research Directorate, of the National Science
Foundation; a member of the Advisory Council, National
Institute on Deafness and Other Communicative Disorders, of
the National Institutes of Health; and a member of the Board
of Directors of Project SEED. He is president of the
Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools, and past chair
of the Governing Board of the U.S./South Africa Education
Partnership Program in Atmospheric Science, Oceanic Science
and Environmental Science.
Although open to the general public and campus
community, the Opening Convocation is particularly geared
toward new students and their families, and the college
projects a large audience.
Hope is anticipating a large freshman class for
the coming school year, according to Jon Huisken, who is
dean for academic services and registrar. Huisken noted
that the new class and the returning classes together could
help Hope pass 3,000 students for the second consecutive
year. Last fall's enrollment of 3,015 was a record for the
Residence halls for Hope's new students will open
on Friday, Aug. 24, at 10 a.m. Orientation events will
begin that evening and will continue through Monday, Aug.
Returning students are not to arrive on campus
before noon on Sunday, Aug. 26. Classes will begin on
Tuesday, Aug. 28, at 8 a.m.