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The Inauguration of UMD's 34th President, Darryll J. Pines

February 12, 2021

Dear Campus Community,

One year ago today, the university announced that Darryll J. Pines would become the University of Maryland's 34th president. Since then, President Pines has outlined - and made significant progress toward - a bold vision for the future of our university. He has charged us to promote excellence in all that we do, create an inclusive and multicultural campus environment, and confront the grand challenges of our time. On this momentous anniversary, I am honored to announce our plans for the official inauguration of President Pines.

During Inauguration Week, April 19-24, 2021, we will celebrate President Pines with a special focus on our collective, transformative future at the University of Maryland. Through virtual events and discussions, we will feature the students, faculty and staff who emanate excellence and propel our university forward, and officially install Dr. Pines as our president:

Monday, April 19

The Art of Humanizing Grand Challenges
A moderated panel of arts and humanities experts provides insights on some of today’s Grand Challenges from a historical, cultural, and artistic perspective.

Tuesday, April 20

The Life and Legacy of David C. Driskell
President Pines joins Driskell Center Director Curlee Holton to reflect on the life and legacy of the late artist, scholar, curator and distinguished university professor emeritus.

Wednesday, April 21

President Pines on Parade
Students, faculty and staff can meet President Pines and Mrs. Sylvia Pines at one of three locations on campus. Take a photo with UMD's new president, receive a presidential turtle pin and taste the newest Maryland Dairy ice cream flavor, named in his honor.

Innovate Maryland 2021
A celebration of the University's innovators, entrepreneurs, inventors, and creatives. This signature event brings together campus innovators, alumni, and community partners to recognize the transformational impact made by our faculty, students, and alumni, including awards for Invention and Startup of the Year.

Thursday, April 22

Installation Ceremony
Dr. Darryll J. Pines is installed as president and shares his vision for UMD.

Moving Maryland Forward: A Celebration of the Inauguration of Darryll J. Pines
This evening celebration features highlights from the official installation, special presentations, performances and remarks from special guests, including President Pines.

Friday, April 23

A Celebration of Terps: Featuring the Maryland Awards
This annual awards ceremony from the UMD Alumni Association will honor the achievements of six outstanding Terps.

Saturday, April 24

Maryland Day
The UMD tradition closes out inauguration festivities. Enjoy a day of learning, fun and discovery - online!

Join us in celebrating this festive, future-focused occasion for our university. I invite you to visit the official inauguration site at

Stay fearless,

Brodie Remington signature
Brodie Remington
Vice President, Division of University Relations
Chair, Inauguration Committee

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