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Welcome to the 2014 commencement website for the University of Maryland, Baltimore. We have created this site to help graduates, faculty, families, and friends prepare for the most exciting day of our year.

On Friday, May 16, students, families, and friends of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) will again “take over” the city’s Westside with a wide array of formal and informal activities and ceremonies to mark the UMB commencement of approximately 1,500 graduates from the schools of medicine, law, dentistry, pharmacy, nursiWes_Mooreng, social work, and the Graduate School.

We are excited and honored that our keynote speaker will be Wes Moore, MLitt, who has served as an Army officer, Rhodes Scholar, White House fellow, youth advocate, and business leader despite only being in his mid-30s. His New York Times best-seller, The Other Wes Moore, about two men with the same name who experience widely different fates, has been hailed as “startling and revelatory … a rocketing real-life narrative” by The Baltimore Sun, as “a call to arms” by the Chicago Tribune, and as a “compassionate memoir — a story that explores how some survive and others sink in urban battlegrounds” by People magazine. (For more information on Mr. Moore, click here.)

For the convenience of the graduates’ families, rooms have been reserved at local hotels at discounted rates and arrangements have been made for affordable and convenient parking. Also, several area restaurants have extended special offers to our graduates and their guests on this special occasion.

The Universitywide commencement ceremony at Baltimore Arena will take place at 2 p.m. Graduates will depart the arena by 4 p.m. with their diplomas in hand.

This website will feature frequent updates with information on the people, activities, and programs that promise to make May 16, 2014, a memorable day. Congratulations to the graduates and their families as they celebrate years of sacrifice and hard work.

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