Commencement Stories

Congratulations to all UMB graduates, families, and friends! Below, read about the Universitywide commencement that featured video messages from Interim President Bruce E. Jarrell, MD, FACS, and other dignitaries, and read stories or see videos about school-specific ceremonies. 


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“It is certainly unfair that you are not walking across the stage today to receive your diploma,” Interim President Bruce E. Jarrell, MD, FACS, told the UMB Class of 2020 in a videotaped message. “Nevertheless, our community and the world are no less thankful for your dedication and scholarship in your field of study.”

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School of Dentistry

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Dean Mark A. Reynolds, DDS, PhD, MA, told graduates in a virtual ceremony that although the COVID-19 pandemic had profoundly altered their final months of study and year-end festivities, their achievements are no less impressive.

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Francis King Carey School of Law

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To honor the Class of 2020, the school unveiled the Maryland Carey Law Yearbook website, which features a video address by Dean Donald B. Tobin, JD; pages for each graduating student; messages from faculty and staff; awards and recognition; and more.

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School of Medicine

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In the school’s virtual commencement, Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, told the graduates, “You could not be joining the ranks of medical professionals during a more critical time. You are truly needed, and you are needed right now.”

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School of Nursing

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School of Nursing graduates, their guests, faculty, and staff joined in a virtual conferral of degrees that included a photo montage of May graduates, an address by Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, and a recitation of the Nursing Oath.

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School of Pharmacy

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The school celebrated its PharmD, PhD, and MS graduates in a video with remarks by Dean Natalie D. Eddington, PhD, FAAPS, FCP, and launched a website that recognized each graduate by name and degree program.

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School of Social Work

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The school’s virtual celebration featured individual webpages for each graduate and a video with remarks from Richard P. Barth, PhD, MSW, presiding over his last convocation as dean, and a keynote speech by National Association of Social Workers CEO Angelo McClain, PhD, LICSW.

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Graduate School

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The school honored its Class of 2020 on a website that included a hooding address by Dean Roger J. Ward, EdD, JD, MSL, MPA, slideshows of master's and doctoral graduates, and recognition of the Outstanding Mentor Award winner.

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