Kerri Evans, one of 51 students who received their University of Maryland University College diplomas at a joint recognition ceremony on Naval Station Norfolk, has big plans. After earning her associate degree in general studies, she is motivated to complete her bachelor’s degree in health care administration and perhaps become an officer.
Highlights from UMUC 2019 Commencement Ceremonies Showcase Appreciation for Military Service, Sacrifice, Achievement
Beginning each April, a rolling series of University of Maryland University College commencement ceremonies take place on or near military installations in Asia, Europe and the U.S. to accommodate UMUC’s family of service members graduating worldwide.
Being a nurse requires skill as well as a certain spirit, said Mary Schroeder, program chair of the RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at University of Maryland University College, in her remarks at the university’s inaugural Nursing Convocation on May 15.
When retired U.S. Army combat veteran Shamir Taylor, his wife, Nyema, and his father, retired Army Master Sgt. Raymond Richardson, all graduated together during the University of Maryland University College morning commencement ceremony May 18, the trio became one of the latest in a long line of “family-groups” to earn UMUC degrees and graduate at the same time.
The Taylors and Richardson were among approximately 3,000 of the 13,242 Class of 2019 graduates worldwide who attended one of three separate UMUC stateside commencement ceremonies at the Xfinity Center in College Park, Maryland, on May 18 and 19.
To provide good health care for a community, you can’t just treat people for rat bites, you have to get rid of the rats. That’s what Georges C. Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, told University of Maryland University College health care administration graduates gathered for the university’s Upsilon Phi Delta Honor Society induction ceremony May 9.
“You can take care of a person with a rat bite,” Benjamin said. “But if you have 10 people come in with rat bites, unless you do something to get rid of the rats, you haven’t done much.”
Novas, the caregiver for her wounded-veteran spouse and upcoming 2019 UMUC student commencement speaker, said her mission to support extends to the family members and others who sacrifice in serving alongside service members.
Editor’s note: This profile is part of a series that will run throughout May in celebration of National Military Appreciation Month.
U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin, Cmd. Sgt. Maj. Lynice Thorpe-Noel and Tech Entrepreneur Frank Islam to Deliver Keynote Addresses
Ceremonies Will Be Available Live Via Webcasts
UMUC Guam Commencement to Take Place May 11