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Announcing our 2024 Commencement speaker

Message from President Darryll J. Pines

By Darryll J. Pines

My fellow Terrapins,

One of the privileges I hold as president is celebrating the remarkable achievements of our graduating Terps. This year's campuswide event on May 20, 2024, will honor graduates from summer 2023, fall 2023, and spring 2024.

With great anticipation, I am thrilled to announce that our 2024 Commencement Ceremony speaker will be Governor Wes Moore.

The Honorable Wes Moore, Maryland Governor, UMD's 2024 Commencement Speaker

Since the early days of Governor Moore's tenure, we have fostered an outstanding partnership, marked by his choice of using our university as the backdrop for his first public event as governor-elect. I am honored that our graduates will have the opportunity to learn from his journey, beginning from his Takoma Park roots to becoming Maryland’s first Black Governor in the state’s 246-year history.

A trailblazing politician, advocate and businessman A distinguished military veteran, author and Maryland native, Governor Wes Moore is the third African American elected Governor in the history of the United States. Honored as a Rhodes Scholar, Moore’s exceptional academic work and fearless service earned him a spot as a White House Fellow, advising on issues of national security and international relations.

As an entrepreneur, Moore’s work has encompassed forging success in higher education for underserved students via his company, BridgeEDU and exploring race, equity and opportunities in his published works, “The Other Wes Moore” and “Five Days.”

We are fortunate he will share his insights and wisdom with our graduating class, friends and family.

Commencement ceremoniesI look forward to seeing all of our graduates at SECU Stadium on Monday, May 20, 2024, at 6 p.m. for the campus commencement ceremony. Individual school and college ceremonies will be held on Monday, May 20, Tuesday, May 21 and Wednesday, May 22. The Commencement website has additional information about tickets, ceremony schedules, regalia and answers to frequently asked questions.

We cannot wait to welcome Governor Moore back to campus for this annual celebration of Terrapin excellence.


Signature of President Darryll Pines

Darryll J. Pines
President, University of Maryland

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