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.
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.
“Long, but a worthwhile journey.” That’s how Jennifer Levine, who attended the combined commencement ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk on May 26, described her path to earning a bachelor’s degree in marketing from University of Maryland University College (UMUC).
Amid the fanfare of faculty, family and friends, nearly 3,600 of the 9,023 University of Maryland University College stateside graduates walked the stage and received their master’s, bachelor’s and associate’s diplomas in three separate ceremonies on Saturday and Sunday, May 14 and 15, when UMUC held its 2016 stateside commencement exercises at the Xfinity Center in College Park, Maryland.
In her keynote address to University of Maryland University College Europe (UMUC Europe) Class of 2016, a class marked by multiple firsts, Ambassador Marriët Schuurman invoked the words of anthropologist Margaret Mead in challenging celebrants to “never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.”
The day was full of triumphant smiles and jubilant cheers as years of hard work and dedication were celebrated by more than 200 University of Maryland University College Europe (UMUC Europe) graduates at the Gartenschau Event Hall in Kaiserslautern, Germany, on April 30.
By Dermaine Wardrick
The best part of my job as an academic advisor at University of Maryland University College (UMUC) is helping students achieve one of their major life goals―earning a college degree.
Graduates Hail from All 50 States and 20 Countries
University of Maryland University College held its 2015 stateside commencement exercises on Saturday and Sunday, May 16 and 17, at the Xfinity Center in College Park, Maryland. In all, nearly 11,000 graduates from all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia and Guam, and 19 other countries earned degrees this year, with more than 3,200 of the 9,023 members of the stateside class of 2015 attending the three stateside ceremonies over the weekend.
U.S. Sen. Benjamin Cardin, U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards, and Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett to Deliver Keynote Addresses
Ceremonies will be available live via webcasts
ADELPHI, Md. (May 4, 2015)—University of Maryland University College will celebrate its 2015 stateside commencement with three separate ceremonies at the Xfinity Center in College Park, Maryland, on May 16 and 17. Approximately 3,000 of the 9,023 stateside graduates in the Class of 2015 will attend the three ceremonies.