Commencement Stories

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


Four graduates from the Class fo 2021

UMB President Bruce E. Jarrell, University System of Maryland Chancellor Jay A. Perman, and Gov. Larry Hogan praised the Class of 2021 for its resilience in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Graduate School

Congratuations Class of 2021 from the Graduate School

The school’s celebration included Meet the Graduates videos for certificate, master’s, and doctoral students, plus a videotaped address by Dean Roger J. Ward, EdD, JD, MSL, MPA.

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School of Medicine

School of Medicine graduates celebrating outside

The school combined outdoor ceremonies with a livestreamed event that featured remarks from Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, and a keynote address by Victor J. Dzau, MD, president of the National Academy of Medicine.

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School of Nursing

Dean Kirschling addresses students during a virtual commencement celebration

Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, presided over a virtual ceremony that included the recognition of graduates, Daisy Award winners, and philanthropists William and Joanne Conway as honorary degree recipients.

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School of Pharmacy

A School of Pharmacy graduate celebrates and holds their child

The school celebrated with in-person ceremonies for students only; five videos recognizing graduates from its various programs; and a main video featuring Dean Natalie D. Eddington, PhD, FAAPS, FCP, and keynote speaker Freeman Hrabowski III, PhD, MA, the president of UMBC.

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School of Social Work

Social Work graduate at an outdoor hooding ceremonyThe school’s celebration featured individual webpages for each graduate, a livestreamed program with remarks from Judy L. Postmus, PhD, ACSW, presiding over her first convocation as dean, and an outdoor hooding ceremony.

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Francis King Carey School of Law

Two School of Law faculty in commencement outfits

The school’s virtual ceremony featured a livestreamed event with messages from graduates and remarks from Dean Donald B. Tobin, JD; professor Donald Gifford, JD; and student leaders from the day and evening law programs.

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See the Class of 2021 Digital Yearbook

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School of Dentistry

A School of Dentistry graduate receives their hood

The school combined small, in-person pinning and hooding ceremonies with an online event to celebrate Doctor of Dental Surgery and Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene graduates.

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Watch the Honors Convocation

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Additional News Stories

A graduate hugs a family member at a smaller, outdoor commencement celebration

Small Ceremonies Feature Less Pomp, More Meaning

After careful consideration and planning, several UMB schools conducted small, in-person graduation ceremonies in addition to virtual celebrations.

A graduate with a decorated cap that says

Big Degree Energy

Graduation spirit filled UMB’s campus with a swell of excitement as students came together to receive their professional degrees during the week of May 17.

Cannabis plant

Medical Cannabis Program Graduates Sent Forth as Trailblazers

Virtual ceremony celebrates inaugural class of the School of Pharmacy’s MS in Medical Cannabis Science and Therapeutics, the first and only such program in the nation.