Commencement Stories

Congratulations to all UMB graduates, families, and friends!

Keynote speaker Jody Olsen, PhD, MSW

UMB Grads Told to Make a World of Difference

The Class of 2018 was treated to life lessons from a number of speakers, headlined by Peace Corps Director Jody Olsen, PhD, MSW.

Courtney Miyamoto, DDS ’18 with her father

School of Dentistry Graduate’s Video Is a Hit

Courtney Miyamoto, DDS ’18, a third-generation School of Dentistry graduate, produced the video shown at the Universitywide ceremony at Royal Farms Arena.

Party attendees pose for photos with the Orioles mascot.

Party Moves Indoors, But Fun Reigns

Rain forced the annual Party in the Park to the SMC Campus Center, where graduates and their families enjoyed food, dancing, and more.

Additional School News Stories

Class President Saikrishna Gourishetti, MD

School of Medicine Says Farewell to Class of 2018

Family, friends, and faculty cheer on 146 graduates as they transition from students to doctors.

Judge Gregory to Carey Law Grads: Make No Peace With Injustice

Judge Tells Carey Law Grads to Make No Peace With Injustice

U.S. Court of Appeals Chief Judge Roger L. Gregory encourages graduates to "be the light of justice."

School of Dentistry’s Accomplishments Celebrated

School of Dentistry’s Accomplishments Celebrated

Honorees are revealed and 132 DDS graduates are hooded during the school’s convocation ceremony.

The School of Pharmacy Hooding Ceremony

School of Pharmacy Celebrates Class of 2018

More than 200 PharmD and graduate students receive degrees and embark on the next phase of their lives.

Nursing graduates watching the speech

Boston-Leary to Nursing Grads: We've Come A Long Way

Keynote speaker Katie Boston-Leary urges nursing graduates to redefine their profession.

Commencement 2018 on The Elm

Keynote Speaker Jody Olsen, PhD, MSW

Keynote Speaker Jody Olsen

Peace Corps Director Jody Olsen, PhD, MSW, a former UMB faculty member, gave the University’s keynote speech.

Seated graduates at the Commencement ceremony

Tips for Graduates from Honorary Cast

The commencement speaker, honorary degree recipients, honorary marshals, and student remarker offer advice to UMB’s Class of 2018.

Honorary degree recipients receiving their degree onstage

Honorary Degree Recipients

This year’s honorary degree recipients are Fred Smith and Venice Paterakis, Mary Catherine Bunting, and Carolyn Frenkil. Each will receive an Honorary Doctor of Public Service degree.

Student Remarker Aarti Sidhu

Student Remarker Aarti Sidhu

Aarti Sidhu of the Francis King Carey School of Law brought a unique perspective to the student remarker role at UMB’s commencement on May 18.

Honorary Marshals marching onto the stage

Honorary Marshals

This year’s honorary marshals at UMB’s commencement are Mary M. Rodgers, PT, PhD, FAPTA, FASB, FISB; Karen Kauffman, PhD, CRNP, FN, FAAN; and Jill Whitall, PhD.