Mark A. L. Mason to Deliver 2017 Charter Day Address

Celebrity artists Common and Tank confirmed for Charter Day Dinner

Mark A. L. Mason

Howard University President, Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick, today announced that Howard University Alumnus and Board of Trustee, Mark A. L. Mason will deliver the University’s 2017 Charter Day address.  The address is scheduled for 11 a.m., Thursday, March 2, 2017, at Cramton Auditorium on the University’s main campus.

Howard University is celebrating its 150th anniversary. This year’s Sesquicentennial celebration recognizes the historical milestones, achievements, and the positive impact the University has had since its founding in 1867. Other events will include the Charter Day Dinner and Sesquicentennial celebration. Grammy award winning artist, actor, film producer and poet Common is confirmed as this year’s Charter Day Dinner Master of Ceremony and entertainment will be provided by Grammy nominated singer-songwriter and producer, Tank.  

 “We are very fortunate to have such an impressive speaker addressing us this Sesquicentennial Charter Day,” said Dr. Frederick. “Mr. Mason embodies the essence of Howard University and our longstanding tradition of excellence, while also illuminating the bright future of this great institution. He will help make this a tremendous event for anyone who is passionate about Howard University.”

Mr. Mason is chief financial officer of Citi's Institutional Clients Group (ICG), one of Citi's two core businesses, which had $34 billion in revenues and roughly $1.3 trillion in assets in 2016. Through its network of approximately 100 countries, the ICG provides global and local market access, financial products, services and solutions to multinational corporations, governments, institutional investors and ultra-high net worth individuals and families. Mr. Mason is responsible for all aspects of the ICG's financial management including strategy, planning and analysis, control, treasury and overall balance sheet management.

"It is my honor to address Howard University on Charter Day,” Mr. Mason said.  “Howard’s 150-year history of producing global leaders, advocating for social justice and positively contributing to the betterment of all people is to be celebrated and commended."

Mr. Mason attended Howard University where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree in finance and graduated with honors. He also earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Harvard Business School.

The Charter Day Convocation at Howard University is an annual event commemorating the Charter enacted by the United States Congress, and subsequently approved by U.S. President Andrew Johnson, that established Howard University on March 2, 1867.

The Washington Hilton Hotel will host the 93rd Howard University Charter Day Dinner, with a gala reception scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Friday, March 3, 2017. Tickets to the Charter Day Dinner and additional information are available by contacting Howard University Development and Alumni Relations, (202) 238-2430 or All proceeds will be directed toward the Bridging the Gap Student Aid Campaign to promote student retention and graduation. For more information, visit .


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced four Rhodes Scholars, nine Truman Scholars, two Marshall Scholars, over 60 Fulbright Scholars, 22 Pickering Fellows and one Schwarzman Scholar. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

Anthony D. Owens
Assistant Director, Media Relations
Howard University

Source: Howard University