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To foster the education, critical thinking and intellectual growth of students, to create and apply new knowledge via research, scholarship and the creative arts, to improve the surrounding world, we must first foster an inclusive community of global citizens committed to academic freedom. We are dedicated to act with entrepreneurial spirit, embrace the power of technology, operate with fiscal responsibility and administrative efficiency, foster transformational change and create a vibrant surrounding community.

Remembering and honoring the first loss in our UMD community due to COVID-19

I write to share the heart-breaking information of the first known death, on April 1, 2020, of a member of our University community due to complications related to COVID-19. I do so with the consent of the family. He is Distinguished University Professor David C. Driskell, a renowned artist, art historian, collector, and curator.

Health, education, jobs, and common unity at UMD

Dear University of Maryland community,

On Wednesday, March 25, at 1:30 AM, the U.S. Senate and House leadership, together with the White House, agreed to inject $2 trillion into the economy -- the largest stimulus package in our nation's history. The Senate and House passed the bill and today the President signed it. It provides aid to businesses, health care providers, state and local governments, education, and individuals through direct grants and expanded unemployment insurance.

Spring 2020 Update: Commencement; MD General Assembly; Federal Assistance

McKeldin Mall

Governor Hogan announced yesterday that all non-essential businesses in Maryland must close and reminded us that we are all in this together. We must continue to practice important preventive measures and social distancing, if we are to slow the transmission of this pandemic.

Best wishes for a safe and restful spring break

Main Administration Building

I would like to wish a safe and enjoyable break to our students who are leaving for spring break next week, and to our faculty and staff who will have a couple of days of well-deserved break next week. 

Jury's verdict today / Dec. 18, 2019

Our hearts are with the family of 2nd Lt. Richard Collins III on this day, when the jury's verdict of first-degree murder marked two and a half years of seeking justice for his killing on our campus.

Welcome to the UMD community | 2019-2020 Academic Year

Main Admin

August 26, 2019

Dear University of Maryland community,

Welcome to another year of opportunity, for each of us individually and as a community. Our campus continues to make strides in the excellence of our learning and teaching; the ascendancy of our research enterprise; the translation of our work into societal benefit; the redevelopment of our physical and virtual campus; and the transformation of our surrounding region.

Tidings from Annapolis

This year Governor Hogan and the General Assembly have again demonstrated their continuing support for UMD, increasing funds for higher education and support for faculty, staff, and students.

The Passing of Maryland House Speaker Michael E. Busch

Main Admin Building

My deepest condolences to the family and colleagues of Michael Busch, the longest-serving House Speaker in our State's history, whose advocacy for education, health care, gun safety, and the environment helped improve the lives of all Marylanders. Flags on campus will fly at half-staff as directed by Governor Larry Hogan. 

Commitment to Our LGBTQ+ Community

Dear UMD Community,

I am proud of the work the LGBT Equity Center, partners across campus, and each of you have done to make our campus one that cares for and supports our LGBTQ+ community.

Welcome! Bienvenido! Huanying!

Dear University of Maryland community, 

Welcome to another year of promise, the 162nd academic year since our founding.

Welcome to one of the most talented and largest group of incoming students ever. Some 38,000 students applied and we accepted the very best. Because of our academic success, many more students than usual—4,700 freshmen and 1,800 transfer students—committed to Maryland, creating tight quarters in residence halls. Though it won’t offer immediate relief, planning is well underway for a complex of two new residence halls and a dining facility.

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