Miyares to Graduates: You Represent Our Greatest Achievement

Mother’s Day weekend marked a new beginning for 9,023 University of Maryland University College Class of 2017 stateside graduates—about 3,000 of whom made their way across the stage to receive associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees at three separate UMUC commencement ceremonies on Saturday and Sunday May 13 and 14 at the Xfinity Center in College Park, Maryland.

On the count of three, they shifted the tassel on their caps from right to left and embarked on the next leg of life’s journey accompanied by the joyous cheers and applause of family and friends.Continue Reading

UMUC Celebrates Its Newest Doctors of Management

University of Maryland University College honored 27 Doctor of Management candidates and conferred their degrees during the 2017 doctoral commencement ceremony at the College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center on Thursday evening May 11. It was the overture to a Mother’s Day weekend of ceremonies at the Xfinity Center in College Park, Maryland, honoring the university’s associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degree graduates.Continue Reading

For Lucy Capers, Education Carries No Cutoff Date

It was an out-of-the-ordinary Mother’s Day for Lucy Capers this year. Instead of gathering as usual with her large family, the 79-year-old mother, grandmother and great grandmother was busy at the third of three University of Maryland University College (UMUC) stateside commencement ceremonies held over the weekend.Continue Reading

Europe Grad Says Journey to Degree Was a Big Family Event

The story of Navy veteran Maggie Gifaldi’s quest to complete a college degree calls to mind the lyrics once penned by Beatle John Lennon: “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” The death of a loved one, relocation, giving birth to four children—these and other events intervened.Continue Reading

Professor Infuses UMUC Teaching with His Counterterrorism Experience

Between his doctoral studies, college teaching, his day job as director of the intelligence training department at the Defense Intelligence Agency’s (DIA) Academy for Defense Intelligence, and spending time with his family, Jim Backus does a great deal of juggling.

“It’s one of my quirks. I’ve always been an exceptional time manager as far back as I can remember,” said Backus, an adjunct associate professor in UMUC’s Undergraduate School since 2008.Continue Reading

Creating a Bridge Between Nations

The financial realities of growing up in a large family in Japan left Kyoko Onna unable to pursue her dream of studying at a U.S. university. But that changed after she tapped a University of Maryland University College (UMUC) language program in an unlikely venue: the U.S. military base in Okinawa.Continue Reading