UMUC Commencement speaker

Keynote Speakers

The following keynote speakers will offer reflections to graduates of University of Maryland University College in May at each of the university's three graduation ceremonies at Comcast Center.

  • U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (Maryland 7th District) will deliver the commencement address at the 9:30 a.m. ceremony on Saturday, May 17.
  • U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer (Maryland 5th District) will deliver the commencement address at the 4 p.m. ceremony on Saturday, May 17.
  • Major General Roderick J. (Rod) Isler, U.S. Army (Ret.) will deliver the commencement address and will receive an honorary degree at the 4 p.m. ceremony on Sun., May 18.

For the full press release regarding UMUC's Commencement speakers, visit our Global Media Center.

Student Speakers

As a graduate, you're encouraged to apply to deliver the student speech at Commencement. The speech is a UMUC tradition and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acknowledge and congratulate your fellow graduates.

Student speakers will:

  • Prepare a five-minute speech that will inspire, motivate, and encourage everyone in attendance

  • Offer words of thanks to the faculty, family, and friends whose support have kept the graduates motivated and encouraged

  • Participate in pre-ceremony auditions, coaching sessions, and a rehearsal on May 16

Download the application instructions. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. eastern time March 18.

Sing the National Anthem

As a graduate, you're invited to audition to perform "The Star-Spangled Banner" and UMUC Alma Mater during the ceremony. Those selected will make a memorable contribution to Commencement.

Download the application instructions. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. eastern time March 18.

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