After a year that marked the 50th anniversary of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 1,300 members of the class of 2017 received their degrees Thursday at commencement exercises at the Royal Farms Arena.
"Each student here has a wonderful story," university president Freeman Hrabowski said.
From the podium on the Baltimore arena's stage, he asked the aspiring teachers, social workers and academic stars to stand. He singled out 22-year-old Heather Frank, who graduated with honors and a bachelor's degree in biochemistry and molecular biology.
"Heather is the first in...