Schmoke to be commencement speaker at Anne Arundel Community College

Kurt L. Schmoke, the former mayor of Baltimore who will take over the presidency of University of Baltimore in July, will address graduates and their families at Anne Arundel Community College’s 52nd Commencement at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 22.

Schmoke has worked in law, education and public service, most recently as general counsel and interim provost at Howard University.

On May 14, the University System Maryland Board of Regents announced Schmoke’s appointment as president of University of Baltimore, effective July 1.

Schmoke earned an undergraduate degree in history from Yale University. He pursued graduate studies as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University and earned his Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School.

Schmoke’s most public position was serving as the mayor of Baltimore City from 1987 to 1999. During his tenure, he initiated a number of programs in the areas of housing, education, public health and economic development.

He began at Howard University in January 2003 when he was appointed Dean of Howard University School of Law, where he focused on increasing bar passage rates and expanding the clinical law program to emphasize environmental justice, fair housing and civil rights.

He was named vice president and general counsel at Howard University in July 2012.

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