Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire ex-mayor of New York, will deliver the University of Maryland’s spring commencement address, the school announced Thursday.
Bloomberg will address thousands of graduates during a May 24 ceremony at the Xfinity Center in College Park.
“It is an honor to speak at the commencement of one of America’s top public universities – especially one that has been such a leader on sustainability and climate change,” Bloomberg said in a statement. “I have strong ties in Maryland and I look forward to addressing all the Terps on their big day.”
Bloomberg, who is considered a potential Democratic presidential candidate in 2020, served three terms as mayor of New York City. He also founded a startup technology company, serves on the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Climate Action and has given billions of dollars in charity, including a record $1.8 billion to his alma mater, Johns Hopkins University. The university lauded his advocacy around gun violence, climate change and public health.
“Mr. Bloomberg's successful innovation in business, public service and civic engagement represents an extraordinary role model for our students and graduates on this Do Good campus,” said University of Maryland president Wallace Loh in a statement. “He has shown himself a true champion of higher education, the environment, and public health. We welcome him."