President Jarrell's Message

Interim President Bruce Jarrell

Dear UMB Community:

Commencement is by far the best day of the year at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB). On this day, we celebrate the culmination of a lot of hard work and, yes, the beginning of much more. For on this day, we send our graduates out into the world to fulfill the mission for which we’ve prepared them: to improve the human condition and serve the public good. After celebrating virtually for the past two years, this year’s ceremony will be in person, barring unforeseen circumstances.

It also is with great pleasure that I announce that our keynote speaker will be Anthony S. Fauci, MD. Dr. Fauci is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and chief medical advisor to the president of the United States. As I’m sure you know, he has been at the forefront of the battle against COVID-19 from the very beginning.

Dr. Fauci has delivered lectures all over the world and received numerous prestigious awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom — the highest honor given to a civilian by the president of the United States — and the National Medal of Science. UMB will add to his long list of accolades when we confer upon him the honorary degree of Doctor of Public Service.

This year’s commencement ceremony will be held May 19 at Chesapeake Employers Insurance Arena on the campus of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) due to the renovation of our usual location, Royal Farms Arena.

UMBC’s arena has limited capacity, so this will be a ticketed event. Individual school/department ceremonies also will be held that week. (See schedule at this link.)

More detailed information will follow as we get closer to commencement. Please visit this website that will serve as a repository of information to plan your celebration, including the time and location of school/department ceremonies as well as information about tickets when that becomes available.

Commencement is the best day of UMB’s year. For graduates, it marks the culmination of a lot of hard work — and the beginning of so much more. I can’t imagine that there’s anything greater to celebrate, and I look forward to doing so in person.

Congratulations — and best of luck to the Class of 2022!


Bruce E. Jarrell, MD, FACS