Wyneva Johnson, Honorary Degree Recipient
Wyneva Johnson, class of 1971, is presented the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Human Letters.
Read the citation for her degree below:
“Am I making a difference in others’ lives?”
That is the question that undergirds everything you do, Wyneva Johnson—as an uncommon public servant, a tireless advocate for justice, and a firm believer in providing opportunities for future generations.
It is the question that always guides you in your work as Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.
With law degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and Georgetown, you’ve tried criminal and civil cases, earning respect and recognition for your work and work ethic. In the Civil Division, where you currently represent federal agencies in district and appellate courts, you’ve been recognized as a Senior Litigation Counsel. And in 2009, you received the prestigious Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant United States Attorney—Civil, which acknowledged your success in employment discrimination jury trials. This accomplishment is particularly impressive in light of the difficulty inherent in trying employment cases in the District of Columbia.
Wheaton also benefits from your dedication to making a difference. You have served the college as a member of the President’s Commission, an advisor to students and a key organizer of the 1997 Black Alumnae/i Reunion Weekend.
Your career success and your commitment to encouraging others reflect well on your own favorite mentor, Professor Jay Goodman. Just as his admonition to strive for excellence has inspired you, your example inspires us. It is with great appreciation that we present you with the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters in recognition of your accomplishments and your service.