USM Institutions Celebrate 2017 Commencement Exercises

Bowie State University Honors the Memory of Lt. Richard Collins III

Adelphi, Md. (June 1, 2017) -- University System of Maryland (USM) institutions celebrated recent commencement exercises, with students and families marking the culmination of years of hard work.

During May 2017, the University of Maryland University College (UMUC), an international institution offering degrees largely online and via hybrid classes, completed its group of ceremonies offered in the Far East, Europe, and U.S.

On Friday, May 19, students, families, and friends of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) celebrated with a wide array of formal and informal activities and ceremonies to mark the UMB Commencement of graduates from the schools of medicine, law, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, and social work, and the Graduate School.

The flagship University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) campus on Sunday, May 21 held its main commencement ceremony. UMCP President Loh began the graduation exercises by recognizing and reflecting on the campus tragedy earlier in the weekend, the death of a Bowie State University student visiting campus, Lt. Richard Collins III. Updates on the university's ongoing response to this tragedy can be found here. Investigations into this development are ongoing and the alleged assailant remains incarcerated.

The degree for Lt. Collins was presented posthumously to his parents during the Bowie State University commencement exercises on Tuesday, May 23. The Bowie State and greater USM communities work to honor the memory of this remarkable young man.

An archive of photos and video from the Coppin State University commencement exercised can be found here. Frostburg State University commencement activities can be viewed online here. Salisbury University proudly features three May 2017 graduates who earned prestigious Fulbright Awards. Towson University offers a video archive of commencement ceremonies at its various colleges. Three pairs of siblings, including twins, graduated together.

The University of Baltimore (UB) Instagram account features an assortment of vivid pictures from the UB commencement. The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) in its commencement overview recognizes the perseverance of its graduates, as "young and not-so-young" marked the achievement.

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) held graduate school commencement ceremonies on May 24 and, for the final time at the Royal Farms Arena in downtown Baltimore, held its undergraduate commencement on May 25. With the completion of a new 172,000-square foot events center on campus, next year's spring undergraduate exercises are scheduled to be held at UMBC. The Class of 2017 profile features a group of standout UMBC graduates.

Contact: Mike Lurie
Phone: 301.445.2719