UMUC Welcomes General Colin L. Powell to Its 60th Anniversary Gala

Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin L. Powell joined UMUC to celebrate the university’s 60-year history of educating adults in the workforce and the military.

By Kerry O'Neill ( |   March 7, 2008

ADELPHI, Md. (March 7, 2008) — University of Maryland University College (UMUC) commemorated its 60th anniversary on Saturday, Feb. 9, at a black-tie gala featuring a keynote address by General Colin L. Powell. The gala drew a sold-out audience to the UMUC Inn and Conference Center Ballroom, in Adelphi, Maryland,to hear the former U.S. Secretary of State.

UMUC President Susan C. Aldridge joined generous donors and other university supporters alongside General Powell, who spoke about his personal experience with UMUC.

“In my 40 years of public service, both in the military and as Secretary of State, there was never any place I was assigned or went where UMUC did not have a presence,” said Powell. “You were out there taking care of our troops, giving them the opportunity to continue their education even while they served their nation in the most dangerous of places on earth.” He added, “As a soldier, as a diplomat, I want to . . . give you my heartfelt thanks for what you have done for the people I love so dearly: the armed forces of the United States.”

The gala raised more than $285,000 for UMUC, including more than $135,000 earmarked for scholarships, and easily surpassed the university’s $250,000 fundraising goal. The newly established UMUC Anniversary Scholarship Fund will award scholarships to students in Maryland and across the country, based on academic performance and financial need.

“Throughout the past 60 years, the community has been a major contributor to the growth and development of our university,” said President Aldridge. “The money donated to the UMUC Anniversary Scholarship Fund far exceeded our expectations and will undoubtedly assist us in continuing to grow and honor our commitment to student success and program accessibility around the globe.”

During its 60-year history of providing higher education to students in Maryland and abroad, UMUC has grown into the second-largest degree-granting university in Maryland and one of the largest public providers of higher education in the nation. UMUC offers more than 680 distinct courses online and documented more than 175,000 individual online enrollments in 2007.