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2021 commencement speakers and plans at Maryland colleges

Stacey Abrams, a former gubernatorial candidate for governor in Georgia and a well-known voting rights advocate, is giving the commencement address for Bowie State University’s livestreamed event May 21. Graduates will be allowed to attend the ceremony in person.
(Brian Krista/Baltimore Sun Media Group)

2021 commencement speakers and plans at Maryland colleges

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Colleges and universities in Maryland are announcing their graduation plans for the spring of 2021.
Bowie State University
Stacey Abrams, a former gubernatorial candidate for governor in Georgia and a well-known voting rights advocate, is giving the commencement address for Bowie State University’s livestreamed event May 21. Graduates will be allowed to attend the ceremony in person.
Stacey Abrams, a former gubernatorial candidate for governor in Georgia and a well-known voting rights advocate, is giving the commencement address for Bowie State University’s livestreamed event May 21. Graduates will be allowed to attend the ceremony in person. (Brian Krista/Baltimore Sun Media Group)
University of Maryland Global Campus
University of Maryland Global Campus Virtual Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 15, at noon. Brig. Gen. Janeen L. Birckhead, assistant adjutant general and commander of the Maryland Army National Guard, will give the keynote address to graduates.
University of Maryland Global Campus Virtual Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 15, at noon. Brig. Gen. Janeen L. Birckhead, assistant adjutant general and commander of the Maryland Army National Guard, will give the keynote address to graduates. (Tribune Content Agency)
Capitol Technology University
Capitol Technology University in Laurel is holding in-person on-campus ceremonies the weekend of Oct. 8-11. There may be a virtual graduation in May, but the university has not yet decided.
Capitol Technology University in Laurel is holding in-person on-campus ceremonies the weekend of Oct. 8-11. There may be a virtual graduation in May, but the university has not yet decided. (Nicole Munchel / Baltimore Sun Media Group)
Coppin State University
Hill Harper, star of ABC’s “The Good Doctor” and a businessman, philanthropist and author, will give remarks at Coppin State University’s commencement ceremony, which will be livestreamed for family and friends of the class of 2020 and the class of 2021 on May 14. Students, staff and faculty can attend the ceremony in person.
Hill Harper, star of ABC’s “The Good Doctor” and a businessman, philanthropist and author, will give remarks at Coppin State University’s commencement ceremony, which will be livestreamed for family and friends of the class of 2020 and the class of 2021 on May 14. Students, staff and faculty can attend the ceremony in person. (Jerry Jackson/Baltimore Sun)
Frostburg State University
Frostburg State has not yet announced a commencement speaker. Graduates can reserve 30-minute time slots to walk across the stage May 7. The commencement ceremony will be held virtually May 14.
Frostburg State has not yet announced a commencement speaker. Graduates can reserve 30-minute time slots to walk across the stage May 7. The commencement ceremony will be held virtually May 14. (Jerry Jackson/Baltimore Sun)
Goucher College
Spring commencement will be held in person and will also be streamed online. The class of 2021 will celebrate May 21, and the class of 2020 will have its ceremony May 22. Students can invite up to two guests.
Spring commencement will be held in person and will also be streamed online. The class of 2021 will celebrate May 21, and the class of 2020 will have its ceremony May 22. Students can invite up to two guests. (Brian Krista / Baltimore Sun Med / Baltimore Sun)
Hood College
Hood College will hold three ceremonies May 22. The Class of 2020 will be at 9 a.m., followed by the Class of 2021 undergraduates at 1 p.m. and the Class of 2021 graduate students at 5 p.m. Each ceremony will be held on the Thomas Athletic Field and livestreamed. Olivia White, vice president for student life and dean of students, will be the speaker for the Class of 2020. Alumna Rev. Margaret “Peggy” Muncie, the executive director of the Canterbury Counseling Center in Greenville, South Carolina, will be the Class of 2021 speaker.
Hood College will hold three ceremonies May 22. The Class of 2020 will be at 9 a.m., followed by the Class of 2021 undergraduates at 1 p.m. and the Class of 2021 graduate students at 5 p.m. Each ceremony will be held on the Thomas Athletic Field and livestreamed. Olivia White, vice president for student life and dean of students, will be the speaker for the Class of 2020. Alumna Rev. Margaret “Peggy” Muncie, the executive director of the Canterbury Counseling Center in Greenville, South Carolina, will be the Class of 2021 speaker. (Monica Lopossay / XX)
The Johns Hopkins University
The Johns Hopkins University will have Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala give this year’s virtual commencement address to School of Advanced International Studies graduates May 26. Okonjo-Iweala formerly served as managing director of the World Bank and is the immediate past chair of the board of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations. The school has not yet announced its main graduation speaker.
The Johns Hopkins University will have Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala give this year’s virtual commencement address to School of Advanced International Studies graduates May 26. Okonjo-Iweala formerly served as managing director of the World Bank and is the immediate past chair of the board of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations. The school has not yet announced its main graduation speaker. (Barbara Haddock Taylor / Baltimore Sun)
Loyola University Maryland
Playwright, actor and professor Anna Deavere Smith will speak at Loyola University Maryland’s commencement. Exercises will be held over two days, for 2020 master’s and doctoral recipients May 21 and for 2020 and 2021 undergraduates and 2021 graduate students May 22. Each graduate can invite up to two guests, and those who can’t attend can watch a livestream.
Playwright, actor and professor Anna Deavere Smith will speak at Loyola University Maryland’s commencement. Exercises will be held over two days, for 2020 master’s and doctoral recipients May 21 and for 2020 and 2021 undergraduates and 2021 graduate students May 22. Each graduate can invite up to two guests, and those who can’t attend can watch a livestream. (Karl Merton Ferron)
Maryland Institute College of Art
MICA’s virtual ceremony will take place May 22. More details are forthcoming.
MICA’s virtual ceremony will take place May 22. More details are forthcoming. (Algerina Perna/ Baltimore Sun)
Maryland University of Integrated Health
Commencement will be held in person on Oct. 24 at The Lyric theater in Baltimore. Graduates from summer 2019, 2020 and 2021 will be invited. On June 26, the university will hold an award ceremony and graduate recognition virtually.
Commencement will be held in person on Oct. 24 at The Lyric theater in Baltimore. Graduates from summer 2019, 2020 and 2021 will be invited. On June 26, the university will hold an award ceremony and graduate recognition virtually. (Doug Kapustin / For Baltimore Sun Media)
McDaniel College
On May 22, husband-and-wife duo and philanthropists Mary Lynn Durham and Bill Roj, alumni of the college, will address graduates at an outdoor, in-person ceremony. Durham is an attorney and serves as vice chair of the McDaniel College board of trustees, while Roj served as chairman, president and CEO of ERICO, a global manufacturing company.
On May 22, husband-and-wife duo and philanthropists Mary Lynn Durham and Bill Roj, alumni of the college, will address graduates at an outdoor, in-person ceremony. Durham is an attorney and serves as vice chair of the McDaniel College board of trustees, while Roj served as chairman, president and CEO of ERICO, a global manufacturing company. (Dylan Slagle / Carroll County Times)
Morgan State University
No speaker has been announced yet. The university is planning to hold two commencements, one May 14 for undergraduate and graduate students of the spring class of 2020, and one May 15 for this spring’s graduates.
No speaker has been announced yet. The university is planning to hold two commencements, one May 14 for undergraduate and graduate students of the spring class of 2020, and one May 15 for this spring’s graduates. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun)
Mount St. Mary's University
The university will hold four commencement celebrations May 15 and 16 to allow for social distancing. Students will register for the ceremony time they wish to attend. The university has not yet announced a speaker.
The university will hold four commencement celebrations May 15 and 16 to allow for social distancing. Students will register for the ceremony time they wish to attend. The university has not yet announced a speaker. (LINDA COAN / XX)
Notre Dame University of Maryland
The commencement ceremony will be held virtually on May 23 at 11 a.m. for all 2020 and 2021 graduates. During the week of May 17, graduates will have the opportunity to walk across the stage and take a photo. People will be allowed to bring one guest into the building.
The commencement ceremony will be held virtually on May 23 at 11 a.m. for all 2020 and 2021 graduates. During the week of May 17, graduates will have the opportunity to walk across the stage and take a photo. People will be allowed to bring one guest into the building. (Jerry Jackson, Baltimore Sun)
Salisbury University
Salisbury has not yet made an announcement regarding its commencement speaker. Graduates can take turns walking across the stage starting May 13. The virtual ceremony for master’s degrees and doctoral recipients will be held May 14, followed by a commencement for undergraduates May 15.
Salisbury has not yet made an announcement regarding its commencement speaker. Graduates can take turns walking across the stage starting May 13. The virtual ceremony for master’s degrees and doctoral recipients will be held May 14, followed by a commencement for undergraduates May 15. (Jay Judge / Baltimore Sun)
St. John's College
Commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2021 will be held at 10:30 a.m. on May 16. The speaker is Mr. Chester Burke, who is a tutor.
Commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2021 will be held at 10:30 a.m. on May 16. The speaker is Mr. Chester Burke, who is a tutor. (Jeffrey F. Bill/Capital Gazette)
St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott will give the address for his alma mater on May 8. The commencement will be held virtually, but students can participate in “grad walks” across the stage in person.
Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott will give the address for his alma mater on May 8. The commencement will be held virtually, but students can participate in “grad walks” across the stage in person. (Amy Davis, Baltimore Sun)
Stevenson University
Throughout the week of May 17-21, there are over 20 separate ceremonies for the Class of 2020 and 2021 that are specific to year and major.
Throughout the week of May 17-21, there are over 20 separate ceremonies for the Class of 2020 and 2021 that are specific to year and major. (Amy Davis/Baltimore Sun)
Towson University
Towson University commencement exercises start May 17 and continue through May 21, split between the class of 2020 and the class of 2021. The commencement speaker has not yet been announced. Ceremonies are scheduled to be held in person, with more details forthcoming.
Towson University commencement exercises start May 17 and continue through May 21, split between the class of 2020 and the class of 2021. The commencement speaker has not yet been announced. Ceremonies are scheduled to be held in person, with more details forthcoming. (Brian Krista/Baltimore Sun Media)
United States Naval Academy
The Naval Academy has not yet announced its graduation speaker. Graduation will be in person May 28 and held at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, with limited guests allowed to attend Commissioning Week events. Midshipmen in the class of 2021 are expected to be allowed between two to four guests, depending on the events. The Yard will be closed to visitors outside the invited and authorized personnel.
The Naval Academy has not yet announced its graduation speaker. Graduation will be in person May 28 and held at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, with limited guests allowed to attend Commissioning Week events. Midshipmen in the class of 2021 are expected to be allowed between two to four guests, depending on the events. The Yard will be closed to visitors outside the invited and authorized personnel. (Jerry Jackson / Baltimore Sun)
University of Baltimore
The University of Baltimore’s ceremonies are scheduled for May 20. Three events for spring 2020 and spring 2021 are scheduled to be conducted virtually.
The University of Baltimore’s ceremonies are scheduled for May 20. Three events for spring 2020 and spring 2021 are scheduled to be conducted virtually. (Lloyd Fox, Baltimore Sun photo)
University of Maryland, Baltimore
The University of Maryland, Baltimore will celebrate students through convocations in the individual schools. There will be no university-wide graduation ceremony.
The University of Maryland, Baltimore will celebrate students through convocations in the individual schools. There will be no university-wide graduation ceremony. (Courtesy of University of Maryland, Baltimore)
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
UMBC will be hosting online commencement ceremonies on May 20 at 10 a.m. for graduate students and May 21 at 10 a.m. for undergraduates. The university is planning to invite the graduating class to an in-person ceremony when it is safe to do so.
UMBC will be hosting online commencement ceremonies on May 20 at 10 a.m. for graduate students and May 21 at 10 a.m. for undergraduates. The university is planning to invite the graduating class to an in-person ceremony when it is safe to do so. (Algerina Perna / Baltimore Sun)
University of Maryland, College Park
Peter Chapman, president and CEO of IonQ, a quantum computer firm, will give the commencement address May 21. The in-person commencement ceremonies, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, will be livestreamed for guests who cannot attend. Each graduate can bring up to two guests.
Peter Chapman, president and CEO of IonQ, a quantum computer firm, will give the commencement address May 21. The in-person commencement ceremonies, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, will be livestreamed for guests who cannot attend. Each graduate can bring up to two guests. (Kim Hairston / Baltimore Sun)
University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Graduates will gather with their families May 14 at 11 a.m. inside the William P. Hytche Arena. Graduates will be limited to two ticketed guests. No graduation speaker has been announced yet.
Graduates will gather with their families May 14 at 11 a.m. inside the William P. Hytche Arena. Graduates will be limited to two ticketed guests. No graduation speaker has been announced yet. (Algerina Perna, Baltimore Sun)
Washington Adventist University
Washington Adventist University will hold in-person commencement May 2 at 10 a.m. No speakers have been announced yet.
Washington Adventist University will hold in-person commencement May 2 at 10 a.m. No speakers have been announced yet. (Brian Krista/Baltimore Sun Media Group)
Washington College
Washington College plans to hold in-person commencement for the Class of 2021 on May 22 at 10:30 a.m. The rain date is May 23.
Washington College plans to hold in-person commencement for the Class of 2021 on May 22 at 10:30 a.m. The rain date is May 23. (Tim Prudente / Capital Gazette)
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