Importance of Natural Resources

UMBC Spring Graduate Commencement 2019

(crowd chattering) – Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. And welcome to UMBC’s
graduate school commencement. The ceremony will begin
in just a few minutes. First, a few housekeeping notes. Please take a moment to
note the emergency exits located throughout the building, paying particular attention
to the ones nearest you, in case of an emergency. Also, emergency medical services are located on the concourse
behind section 101. Please contact a UMBC volunteer if you require their services. Parents, for safety reasons, please do not allow children
to climb on the railings. During the ceremony, please
do not leave your seats to take photographs or videos. Aisles must remain clear at all times, and guests are not
allowed on the main floor. Finally, out of courtesy to
our graduates and guests, we ask that you please
silence your cellphones and other electronic devices, and remain in the Event Center until the end of the ceremony. Now, please turn your
attention to the far end of the Event Center floor where the commencement
procession will enter. (“Pomp and Circumstance”) The Graduate School is led by
the Graduate School Marshal, Jeffrey Halverson, Associate
Dean of the Graduate School, and Mr. Antoine Taylor,
who is a UMBC alumnus with both a bachelor’s
degree and a master’s degree in psychology, and is now graduating with his PhD in psychology. He is carrying the Graduate School banner. (“Pomp and Circumstance”) The procession of graduate
students is led by the Students’ Marshal, Dr. Marc Zupan, the 2017 recipient of
the Presidential Teaching Professor Award and Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director
in Mechanical Engineering. The faculty and staff procession is led by the Faculty
Marshal Dr. James Franson, the 2018 Presidential Research Professor, and Professor of Physics. He is joined by Staff
Marshal, Mr. Joseph Kirby, the 2018 recipient of the
Presidential Distinguished Staff Award for Professional Staff, and Assistant Vice President
of Information Technology, and Ms. Tamara Brown, the 2018 recipient of the
Presidential Distinguished Staff Award for Non-Exempt Staff, and Executive Administrative Assistant for the College of Arts,
Humanities and Social Sciences. The Faculty Staff and Students’ Marshals are carrying batons that
the UMBC Alumni Association gave to the university in honor of our 40th anniversary in 2006. (“Pomp and Circumstance”) The Platform Party is
led by the Grand Marshal, Dr. Gunes Koru, President
of the Faculty Senate and Associate Professor
of Information Systems. The Grand Marshal carries
the university mace, a symbol of presidential authority. Used only on formal academic occasions, it is carried in the procession immediately before the president. UMBC’s mace was commissioned
by the Alumni Association for UMBC’s 20th anniversary in 1986. (“Pomp and Circumstance”) (tapping microphone) – The 72nd commencement exercises of the University of
Maryland Baltimore County Graduate School will now be in order. Ladies and gentleman, please
rise for our national anthem, sung by Miss Isabella Umberger, a senior majoring in vocal performance. Miss Umberger has performed
in numerous productions, both on and off campus, and she’s honored to represent
the Music Department. Gentleman, please remove your hats or caps during the anthem. ♪ Oh, say can you see by
the dawn’s early light ♪ ♪ What so proudly we hailed at
the twilight’s last gleaming ♪ ♪ Whose broad stripes and bright stars ♪ ♪ Through the perilous fight ♪ ♪ O’er the ramparts we watched
were so gallantly streaming ♪ ♪ And the rocket’s red glare,
the bombs bursting in air ♪ ♪ Gave proof through the night ♪ ♪ That our flag was still there ♪ ♪ Oh, say does that
star-spangled banner yet wave ♪ ♪ O’er the land of the free ♪ ♪ And the home of the brave ♪ (audience applauds and cheers) – Thank you, Isabella. That was a wonderful rendition, and we wish you well in your music career. Now I ask that everyone please be seated. Ladies and gentlemen, it’s
my pleasure to introduce the Vice Provost and Dean
of the Graduate School, Dr. Janet Rutledge. (audience applauds) – Good morning!
– Good morning. – President Hrabowski
and distinguished guests, first, I would like to
recognize our soloist, Miss Isabella Umberger. Thank you, Isabella, and we wish you all the
best in your future plans. (audience applauds) Today we gather in a
time-honored tradition shared across the world, in saluting the attainment
of the standards of advanced graduate study. This ceremonial tradition
of the conferral of master’s and doctoral degrees is one that provides a universal currency, signifying the highest
standard of achievement in the disciplines,
subjects and professions sponsored by UMBC. This is one of life’s happiest and most significant milestones for each of today’s graduates. It is a milestone not only
for those earning degrees, but for all of us here today. For the graduates seated in front of me, it signifies the completion of your master’s or doctoral degree, and the acceptance of ever new and more challenging horizons
for the faculty and staff. For the faculty and staff,
this event serves as a capstone for all they have shared with you, and brings special joy at
seeing your personal success. And for the many families
and friends here today, it is a moment in which we can all share, acknowledging the recognition that you, our soon to be graduates,
so richly deserve. For me, and for many others,
it is a special moment during which we can witness
the fruits of the many labors in our community, and
take pride in the work that takes place here at UMBC. During the ceremony, those
of you receiving degrees will transform from being
students to being alumni. Whatever career pathway you choose, you represent the very best of the future. You have embarked on one of
the most important journeys of your lives, and we are
all very, very proud of you. The degree earned from UMBC reflects significant achievement, often involving substantial
personal sacrifice and struggle. For the pursuit of new knowledge and understanding involves
growth and change. As we pay tribute to you today, we recognize too those
who have supported you during your studies at UMBC. We know how much support
your families and friends have provided throughout the experience. And it is their day too. We come together, also, to acknowledge the faculty and staff who
have encouraged, mentored and inspired you to achieve
your very best at UMBC. By honoring you, our graduates, we pay tribute to their artful craft of leading you to this day. Please give all of those
who have supported you during these important
years a round of applause. (graduates applaud and cheer) Nelson Mandela wisely stated, “I have discovered the secret “that after climbing a great hill, “one only finds that there
are many more hills to climb.” Now this famous quote has
taken on many meanings over the years. But on this day, we salute
all that you have achieved. And to paraphrase Mandela further, we encourage you to steal a
view of the glorious vista that surrounds you on the
top of this great hill, and to look back on the
distance you have come to arrive at this day. And like Mandela, you have
many more hills to climb. For today, we also
celebrate the commencement of all you have yet to achieve. Congratulations from all of us. Before we move into the program today, let me first briefly acknowledge some of the people on the platform. Joining us are the deans of
our colleges and schools, members of the President’s Council, presidents of the campus senates and Presidential Award recipients. And now, I would like to
introduce Mr. Roy Prouty, President of the Graduate
Student Association, who completed a master’s
degree in atmospheric physics from UMBC, and is pursuing
a second master’s degree in computer science on his way to PhD. Roy. (audience applauds) (clears throat) – I promised a few friends in the crowd and in the audience, that I’d be brief. And for those of you that
know me from the GSA meetings, you know that this is no
small feat, so bear with me. Since these words, these
370 words, I’ve counted, are really some of the
last things keeping you from all of your diplomas, good morning. I’m so happy that we’ve
all made it here today. And I’m happy to be able to
address some of the finest first additions to the
graduating class of 2019. For many of you, today
is the day that UMBC fulfills its side of the bargain with you. If you work hard enough,
and for long enough, and with enough people, you can leave here and enter the world of gainful employment. For others, this is perhaps
simply just a big step in the right direction, as
you continue to excel at UMBC as many have before you. But for all of you, today
is a day of achievement. You should use today to reflect
on how you’ve gotten here, and to appreciate those that
have helped you get here. And really, just to breathe. You made it. But the work isn’t done. We’re in a society where
decisions are often made with the snap of a finger, with
and without infinity stones. And what’s been made abundantly
clear is that not all of the information
involved in these decisions is created equal, or
deserving of our trust. However, these documents
you’re about to receive represent mastery and expertise. Use them well. Communicate, advocate, and
enrich the world around you. Do your best to convey
the impact of your work. Communicate with peers and novices alike. Spark interest in others. Advocate for your work and your passions. And to the best of your ability, aim to enrich the lives and
experiences of those around you. All in all, do good things. However, on behalf of the GSA, please know that we are proud
of how far you’ve all gotten, and we’re eager to join you
all as future UMBC graduates. But because success is never final, we’re even more excited to
see each of you push through, or push forward on the path ahead, as you continue to make big breakthroughs, forge new partnerships,
and transform lives. Thank you and congratulations. (audience applauds) – Thank you, Roy, for
your inspiring words, and for the collaborative support of the Graduate Student Association. We wanna recognize all that the GSA does to support graduate students at UMBC. And now I am pleased to
introduce UMBC’s Provost and Senior Vice President,
Dr. Philip Rous, who serves as our Chief Academic Officer. Dr. Rous joined UMBC in 1990. He is a professor in our
Department of Physics, and has also served as Dean of the College of Natural
and Mathematical Sciences. Dr. Rous. (audience applauds) – Good morning, everyone. On behalf of the UMBC community, I would like to offer each
of you our congratulations, and extend a personal welcome to you, your family, friends, and faculty mentors. We applaud your commitment
to the highest forms of learning and scholarship, and the hard work that has brought you to this singular and rewarding day. We thank you for the
contributions you have made to advancing our mission as a world-class research university. And we recognize your commitment
to the most compelling of human pursuits, which is
exploration and discovery. Through your individual
achievements and actions, you are in a sense, unfolding
the map of human knowledge. Your achievement represents not just your academic accomplishments, but the friendships you’ve formed, the faculty who nurtured you, and the family and
friends who supported you, and helped you arrive here today. And so I hope you will
see your achievement as emerging from within
the context of a community, a community that knows
you and cares about you. So as you look to the future, I believe that your
fulfillment will derive from making the most of whatever talents have been bestowed upon you. And it lies in extending
to the furthest limits, the resources of your
mind, and of your heart. And so in conclusion, I would like to leave you
with my final salutation, and here it is. May you enjoy a life rich in the knowledge that each day your work
and your relationships have truly made a difference. Congratulations. (audience applauds) – Thank you, Philip. It is with great pleasure that I introduce Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, President of UMBC. Serving for over 25 years as president, Dr. Hrabowski has brought
tremendous energy, vision and leadership to this institution. He has helped connect the
university with individuals, companies, foundations and agencies that have brought new resources to build and sustain distinctive programs in undergraduate education and graduate education and research. Dr. Hrabowski. (audience applauds and cheers) – Give our Dean, Dr. Rutledge,
a round of applause, please. (audience applauds) And my colleagues are
tired of my saying it, but we Americans love
those British accents. If I could speak like Philip, I could raise so much more money, undoubtedly I really could. (laughs) Good morning!
– Good morning. – Good morning again.
– Good morning. – It is a beautiful day,
and we are delighted that you’re here. I wanna take a moment and
welcome you, first of all, to this Event Center. It’s just been in the last year or so that we’ve brought commencements back to campus around year round, and I want you to appreciate the fact that so many people have worked so that we could have
this experience here. This dignified ceremony is
very special to our students, their families, the university community. And I hear that future PhD
over there, that’s good. That’s very good, happening right now. And the fact is that we celebrate today, and we would ask that you
remain in the Event Center until the ceremony closes. It is a way of respecting
all of our students. The older I get, the more I
realize that there is nothing in our lives more important than our families and our friends. I want all of the family
members and friends to stand, and for the graduates to applaud their villages,
their communities. All the family members and friends, stand. (graduates applaud and cheer) Congratulations. As we walk out, you’ll hear
me saying to family members, “Congratulations, these are
your master’s and PhDs too. “You’ve worked hard to
support family members “in getting to this place.” And now I want all of our
faculty and staff to stand, and I want the graduates to
applaud them for the support the faculty and staff have
given to the graduates. Faculty and staff, please stand. (graduates applaud) And there are several
graduates who are members of our own staff. They’ve worked hard to study and work. If you are a staff member
and graduating today, please stand, and let us give you a round of applause, please. Any of the staff members. (audience applauds) Congratulations. I’d now like to recognize
those students graduating today who are veterans and
members of the military, but also in the audience, veterans and members of the military service, and anybody else who is public service. Please stand, if you’re a public servant. (audience applauds and cheers) Some of you know, I’m
always wanting to recognize the significance of our
teachers in our society. And so I’m gonna ask for all the graduates who are currently teaching, or will be teaching in
our schools, to stand, and any teachers in
the audience, to stand. All teachers, public
school teachers. (laughs) (audience applauds) Why don’t we get a shot of some teachers? And now I’d like for
all of the UMBC alumni, wherever you are, to stand. If you are an alumnus,
an alumni of UMBC, stand. Let’s see where our alums are. (audience applauds and cheers) Keep standing, keep standing. And family members of alums,
I want you to stand too. Family members of alums
and alums, stand up. Family members of alums
and alums, all of you, we’re very proud of you. Many of today’s graduates have received a number of prestigious awards, and will be going on to
post-doctoral programs. Others will be joining
faculty and researchers at outstanding institutions
across the country. Others will continue their
important work at major companies and agencies here and beyond. We are confident that all
of our degree recipients will continue to
contribute to our society. We’re also proud of the UMBC students who have received highly
competitive national scholarships. We have a record number who have received the prestigious Fulbright Awards. A number of them are
undergraduates, over 10, and then there are several
who are grad students. I know that Jennifer Bowman and Leah Genty and Michael
Shapiro are here today. Please stand wherever you are, those three please stand
as graduate students, yes, who are going off to other
countries, very impressive. (audience applauds) We are inspired by all of you. Each of you has a story
and stories inspire. I challenge you, graduates,
to tell your story. Just one story that was
told by Michael Hooker, who was my predecessor. He told the story about loving pizza. It’s these stories that you’ll remember. If you love pizza, what he said was, “What you don’t realize is
while you’re eating one piece, “you’re thinking about
the next piece, right?” And he said, “Take the
time to enjoy this slice.” All of you are people who are
disciplined and working hard, and now you’re thinking, “What next, what next?” Take a moment and enjoy today. This is your time to savor
this one slice of pizza, and remember it because
there will be times when times will be tough. Remember this day when
you’ve got your village, your community, your family
members, your friends, your faculty, around you. And with that said, we are delighted today to have somebody who has a great story. He is the County Executive,
Johnny O we call him, but he’s Johnny Olszewski,
Dr. Johnny Olszewski already, who actually in 2017 was sitting
where you’re sitting today. He earned his PhD in public policy. Throughout his career as a politician, Johnny has made education and economic development
cornerstones of his work. He’s had a long career in
service to both Baltimore County and the state, as a teacher, a public servant, a community volunteer. Following college from Goucher, he returned to his community
to teach social studies and special ed at Patapsco High School. Give Patapsco High School a
round of applause. (laughs) (audience applauds) This career choice, he said, gave him a deep understanding of the
challenges facing education. And he often credits the experience with helping shape who
he is as a leader today. You’ll hear him always
talking about his family and what they did for him also. In 2016, he was elected to the
Maryland House of Delegates. And during his time in the Assembly, he championed a number of bills, including the paid sick leave
for all Maryland workers. This bill passed in 2017, making Maryland one of
only 10 states in the Union where you have paid sick
leave with benefits. Give him a big round of applause for that. (audience applauds) Johnny is somebody who believes in people. He believes in education. He believes in doing the right thing. I am delighted to
introduce our own graduate, County Executive, Johnny O. Thank you. (audience applauds) – Good morning. Thank you, Dr. Hrabowski. Navy SEALs undergo some
of the most rigorous military training in the world. Following a thorough vetting
process of tens of thousands of applicants, 1,000 recruits make it to training every year. And only of that, only
250 actually make it through the program. They are an elite, lean
and efficient group, turned to when the
military wants to tackle some of their most
dangerous, most difficult, and most complex challenges in the world. You are now the Navy
SEALs of your profession. (Dr. Hrabowski laughs) According to the Census Bureau,
only 13% in this country have a master’s, professional
or doctorate degree. You are now part of that elite group. Take the moment to be reminded, and soak in of just how special an accomplishment you’ve obtained. Because there are a lot of people counting on you to turn your recent
training into action. You may not know what
you intend to do next. You might already be doing it. You might not know what lies ahead. But whatever comes next, know that you are
equipped with your degree. And know that we need you. We need people like you to be the SEALs of the fields of medicine and health, environmental sustainability, law, engineering, and the arts. Yes, even politics. When I decided to pursue my degree here, I was serving as a delegate in the Maryland State Legislature. At the time, I knew I enjoyed my service in the State General Assembly, and I thought I could apply my lessons from the program to strengthen
my professional work. I also clearly wanted to torture,
I mean challenge, myself. (Dr. Hrabowski laughs) I chose UMBC’s top rated policy program because it was everything I was looking for in a degree with the added bonus that I didn’t have to
leave Baltimore County. It didn’t hurt that we had a university led by Dr. Hrabowski, that was
being positively transformed into an academic powerhouse. He also believes in and
invests in relationships. And I’m grateful for the relationship that he and I have forged during my time as a student and beyond. I took a few winding turns during my seven years in the program. I ran for the State Senate,
after serving two terms in the House, and I lost. I spent six months doing
policy work for Baltimore City with an emphasis on transportation issues. I went to work for the private sector for the first time in my
career, connecting state and local governments
with software solutions to improve the delivery of services to the residents they serve. And soon after, I happened to be elected the 14th County Executive
of Baltimore County. That was pretty cool. – [Dr. Hrabowski] Give
him a round a applause. (audience applauds) – But what I can tell you
is, in any number of ways in which the degree and
training has been relevant to my professional work, how it’s made me a better
and more effective leader and policy maker, because it
has in real and tangible ways, equipped me for the challenges ahead here in Baltimore County as we serve. Whether it’s helping to
shape and inform our approach to data-driven government, and the standing up of our
performance management system, or the dissertation on
evidence utilization, which comes in handy. Or better understanding federal and state budgeting practices, so that we can leverage new resources to meet our many challenges. I use my training from
UMBC almost every day. And my team knows I love the details. I sweat the details. I am proud policy nerd. (Dr. Hrabowski laughs) But UMBC offered so much
more than the opportunity to learn and apply skills. The university offers a
dynamic network of leaders, change agents and alumni, who are ready to work with
you in your work ahead. Baltimore County benefited
from Dr. Hrabowski co-chairing the Economic Development and Job Creation Taskforce
on my transition team, while Dr. Roy Meyers, my academic advisor, and chair of my dissertation committee, lent his abilities to help
chair our Government Reform and Innovation work group. And just a few weeks ago, in
a historic and pivotal moment in our state’s history, proud alumna and Baltimore County native Adrienne Jones became both the first woman, and first African American
elected Speaker of the House. (audience applauds) Speaker Jones and I served
together in the legislature, and I’m excited to
continue our partnership, and I’m proud to be an
alumni with her here at UMBC. But one more really
important thing happened to me while I was studying here. It was one of the most
important events in my life, I became a father. There’s something about
bringing another person into the world that uniquely challenges and drastically changes
the way you see things. For me, it wasn’t so much what I saw, in fact, the policy areas of education and economic development
that I cared so much about are still my passions. But Daria’s arrival changed my perspective in two critical ways. First, she gave me a fierce
urgency for the sense of now. She and other kids, for
example, deserve better schools right now, not tomorrow, not five years from now, but right now. And she also reminded me
to look over the horizon, remembering that the decisions we make and the work that we do
impacts the quality of life for Baltimore County residents
and beyond, not just today, not just next year, but 40 years from now. While we need great schools
and we need that now, we also owe future generations
a more sustainable world. So whether you have kids or not, know that the world is counting on you to be that elite strike
force in your chosen field. And we need you right now. There are serious
challenges and opportunities waiting to be solved. There are people waiting
and needing to be helped. And you are the people
who now have the tools to go make that necessary. The good news is that you
are already well on your way. Just a few examples
from some of your peers. One of your fellow graduates, Laura, knew she would be studying
sciences when she started her undergraduate degree
here at UMBC. (clears throat) But it was her internship at NASA, combined with her experiences
as a student athlete, that sparked an interest
in biomedical engineering. Her UMBC mentor encouraged her to apply for the Chemical Engineering PhD Program. And during her studies, she researched treatment
options for Alzheimer’s. Her work has the
potential to significantly enhance the treatment options available for people suffering from this disease. Another fellow graduate, Trevor, decided UMBC was the best place to pursue his environmental engineering degree, while sitting in an internet cafe in Iraq during a 15-month deployment in the Army. Trevor had the opportunity
to explore a number of different interests
during his time here, but the one that truly
captured his attention was taking environmental contaminants that are affecting the
Chesapeake Bay watershed. He’s been able to put
cutting edge solutions to work to make our Bay healthier. He’ll be working as a hydrologist at the US Geological
Survey located right here in UMBC’s Research Park. One other of your fellow
graduates came to UMBC with questions about health inequities in Black and African countries. With support from mentors, Anna began to understand that math and economics are valuable vehicles for understanding inequalities. But she also realized
that there were very few Black women economists to connect with. So she took matters into her own hands, working with another student to co-create the first conference for Black women economists. The inaugural conference
drew more than 80 Black women from across the US and
Canada who are studying, or who have earned, degrees in economics, providing an unprecedented forum for those women to come together. Those students are applying
skills learned here at UMBC, and making a difference
personally and professionally. You are too, or you’re about to. You’re prepared to tackle
the challenges of today, and serve as the living embodiment of the famous Margaret Mead quote, “Being the change in the
world that you wish to see.” As you’re doing that critical work, again, don’t forget to take a moment and reflect on all that
you’ve done to get here. Enjoy that slice of pie, Dr. Hrabowski. (Dr. Hrabowski laughs) Tomorrow there’s no academic regalia, but there are challenges before
you, and before all of us. Remember, the degree you
have today should remind you to provoke thought and
action within your field every time you look upon it. Let it encourage you to take on these
challenges with confidence. Be reminded that you are
part of an elite team, prepared to solve the new problems that don’t even exist yet. As a UMBC grad myself, I’m excited to welcome you to the club. As Baltimore County Executive,
I gotta be a little selfish, I’m excited and I’m here
to make a pitch for you to use your new degree
to better people’s lives right here in Baltimore County. Whether you do that or not though, know how proud I am of you, how proud this university is of you, how proud your family
and friends are of you. We’re proud of the work
you’ve already done, and proud of the work
still yet to be done. Soak it in and celebrate. Tomorrow, it’s back to work. Congratulations and go Retrievers. (audience applauds and cheers) – So there is some advice for you who are still looking for jobs. If I were you, I’d write
to the County Executive, tell him he gave a great speech and you’re looking for a job, all right? (audience laughs) Some of the family
members really appreciate that especially, all right? We are, thank you very
much, Dr. Olszewski, County Executive, Johnny O. Your remarks inspire us. And what I would say, and all
of you will appreciate this, is we always appreciate the human story. Beyond policies and practices, we wanna know who is a person, and we know he is such
a wonderful human being. Give him another round of applause. (audience applauds) We will now move to
the part of the program when we begin to confer the
PhD and master’s degrees. (audience applauds and cheers) – Will the candidates for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy please rise? Dr. Hrabowski. – [Dr. Hrabowski] Dr. Rutledge. – Dr. Hrabowski, I have
the honor of presenting the candidates recommended by the faculty of the University of Maryland
Graduate School, Baltimore for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, the highest earned degree
for which any university has the power to confer. – Upon the recommendation of the faculty, and by the authority of
the state of Maryland, given to the Board of Regents and the Chancellor of the
University System of Maryland, and by them, entrusted to me, I hereby admit you to the
degree of Doctor of Philosophy, which you have earned during
the course of your studies at the University of Maryland
Graduate School, Baltimore. In token whereof, you
shall be given a diploma with all of the honors, privileges and responsibilities thereunto pertaining. – Thank you, and please be seated. Today all of our graduates will receive a special congratulatory memento from the UMBC Alumni Association. Mr. Nate Dissmeyer, the president of the
Alumni Association Board, will greet you as you
return to your seats. And now that you’ve sat down,
will you please rise (laughs) and come forward with your
mentors to the platform to receive your diplomas? – Graduates, in the spirit of health because I’m feeling a
little under the weather, the human story, I’ll
give you a fist bump. You will thank me later,
all right? (laughs) – Nicole Marie Vulcer, Geography
and Environmental Systems. Being hooded by her mentor,
Dr. Christopher Swan. Dr. Vulcer used surveys
and field manipulations to investigate the relationship between environmental stressor gradients, biodiversity patterns,
and ecosystem functioning, the urban hydroscape,
to inform conservation and management strategies. She is currently an Oak
Ridge Institute of Science and Education fellow at the United States Environmental Protection Agency. (audience applauds and cheers) Wendy Gaultney, Human Services Psychology, being hooded by her mentor,
Dr. Lynnda Dahlquist. Dr. Gaultney studied how
different forms of distraction can be used to reduce
acute pain in children, and explored how cognitive abilities and individual differences in mindfulness affect children’s sensory and
emotional experience of pain. She will join the
Pediatric Pain Research Lab at Oregon Health & Sciences University as a post-doctoral research fellow. (audience applauds and cheers) Daniel Knoblach, Human
Services Psychology, being hooded by his mentor,
Dr. Carlo DiClemente. Dr. Knoblach’s research explores the role of positive psychology
factors in addiction treatment and recovery that promotes
a better quality of life and improved relapsed prevention. He looks forward to returning to the Baltimore VA
Medical Center next year to complete a post-doctoral fellowship in substance abuse disorder treatment. (audience applauds) Eryn Kruger, Human Services Psychology, being hooded by her
mentors, Dr. Steven Pitts and Dr. Jason Schiffman. Dr. Kruger developed and evaluated a student targeted mental health workshop that successfully decreased stigma and increased positive
health seeking attitudes regarding mental illness
in college students. Dr. Kruger is completing
her clinical internship, working with children with acute and chronic medical conditions at Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital, where she will remain for
her post-doctoral fellowship. (audience applauds) Antoine Taylor, Human Services Psychology, (audience cheers) being hooded by his mentor,
Dr. Shari Waldstein. Dr. Taylor investigated how discrimination affects cognitive functioning
among African Americans living in Baltimore City. His work informs the
prevention of brain diseases that disproportionately affect minorities. After completing his clinical
internship at the Boston VA, he will begin his
neuropsychology fellowship at MedStar National
Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, DC. (audience applauds and cheers)
(Antoine shouts) Timothy John Galpin, Public Policy, being hooded by his
mentor, Dr. Christy Chapin. (audience cheers) Dr. Galpin’s dissertation
explores US financial history. He analyzed the institutional, economic, and policy history of the
1990s repeal of Glass-Steagall, to argue that the deregulatory measure had a minimal impact on
the 2008 financial crisis. He is the assistant director for programs at the Johns Hopkins
Applied Physics Laboratory. (audience applauds and cheers) Nicole Jennifer Katsikides, Public Policy, being hooded by her mentor,
Dr. John Rennie Short. Dr. Katsikides analyzed the influence of freight performance measures
in urban transportation by interviewing public sector experts and undertaking a rigorous
statistical analysis of funding decisions. She is currently a research scientist, responsible for freight
transportation policy at Texas A&M University. (audience applauds and cheers) John M. Moeller, Public Policy, being hooded by his
mentor, Dr. Lauren Edwards. Dr. Moeller proposed a definition of strategic plan implementation and model of strategic plan
implementation comprised of 117 implementation factors
divided into eight categories. He concluded that not all
implementation factors were required for implementation to occur. He currently serves as the
Deputy Garrison Commander of Fort Meade, Maryland. (audience applauds) Iona Irene Johnson, Gerontology, being hooded by her
mentor, Dr. Leslie Morgan. Dr. Johnson used qualitative
research methods, which included in depth
interviews and auto-photography to see how the women in
her study, ages 60 to 78, experienced recovery, described self, and defined normal life after a stroke. She is a clinical associate
professor at Towson University. (audience applauds and cheers) Khoa Tran, Biological Sciences, being hooded by his
mentor, Dr. Erin Green. Using biochemical and
molecular biology techniques, Dr. Tran functionally characterized the novel gene expression
regulator Set4 in budding yeast, and determined it is
important for protecting cells in the presence of environmental stresses. He is currently a post-doctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health. (audience applauds and cheers) Alexander James Winton, Chemistry, being hooded by his
mentor, Dr. Mark Allen. Dr. Winton carried out
phage display screening of inorganic particles in
order to identify polypeptides which were subsequently
utilized for the tethering and self-assembly of hybrid bio-inorganic lithium ion battery electrodes. He is now a post-doc at the
Army Research Laboratory’s Sensors and Electron Devices Directorate, developing peptide-based biosensors. (audience applauds and cheers) Xiao Xu Phang, Statistics,
being hooded by her mentor, Dr. Thomas Mathew. Dr. Phang developed
small sample procedures to estimate the intraclass correlation to assess agreement among measurements, and to estimate the interaction index for testing drug interaction
among drug combinations. She is currently the Associate Director of Biostatistics at Avanir Pharmaceuticals in Irvine, California. (audience applauds) Richard Brewster, Physics, being hooded by his
mentor, Dr. James Franson. Dr. Brewster investigated
the effects of noise and loss in the transmission
of quantum information. He developed several methods to reduce the effects of decoherence, thereby improving the
performance of quantum systems. He will be continuing his research as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of
Maryland College Park. (audience applauds) Haixu Leng, Physics, being
hooded by his mentor, Dr. Matthew Pelton. Using a home-built single
particle microscope, Dr. Leng studied
interactions between light and materials at the nanometer scale, demonstrating strong interactions
between single photons and single electrons in semiconductors, yielding new possibilities for classical and quantum information
processing using light. Dr. Leng is currently a
seismic imaging analyst at CGG, a global geoscience company. (audience applauds) Sheniqua Rochelle Brown, Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, (audience cheers) being hooded by her
mentor, Dr. Govind Rao. Dr. Brown’s research
focused on the development of optical biosensors capable of noninvasive glucose monitoring. This will allow diabetics
to check blood sugar without having to draw blood, thereby reducing pain and suffering. She will pursue a career in biotechnology and global security fields. (audience applauds and cheers) Laura Simpson, Chemical and
Biochemical Engineering, being hooded by her mentor,
Dr. Jennie B. Leach. Using biophysical tools to
study bioengineered models of Alzheimer’s disease, Dr. Simpson’s novel
findings have the potential to vastly improve how drugs to treat Alzheimer’s are
discovered and tested. She will continue her work in the field of
pharmaceutical development. (audience applauds and cheers) Trevor Patrick Needham,
Environmental Engineering, being hooded by his
mentor, Dr. Upal Ghosh. Using a novel sampling technique, Dr. Needham quantified the kinetics of polychlorinated biphenyl degradation by anaerobic bacteria,
which enabled development of predictive models
for biological mediation of this toxic compound. He is currently working as a hydrologist at the US Geological Survey in the Maryland Delaware
DC Water Science Center. (audience applauds) Qumrul Hasan, Computer Engineering, being hooded by his mentor,
Dr. Gymama Slaughter. Dr. Hasan designed and
developed a low dropout voltage amplifier circuit that is
cascaded with a startup switching regulator circuit
to harness electrical power from biological foods. The prototype circuit generated
three-and-a-half volts to power implantable, medical devices. He will join uBeam, a
wireless innovations company to develop a wireless power systems. (audience applauds) Karan Budhraja, Computer Science, being hooded by his
mentor, Dr. Timothy Oates. Dr. Budhraja developed
methods for programming robot and other agent swarms, such
as flocking and schooling, by sketching the desired
collective behavior and then inferring
programs for individuals that generate the behavior. He will join Infinite Analytics, a search and recommendation
startup company. (audience applauds and cheers) Sudip Mittal, Computer Science, being hooded by his
mentor, Dr. Anupam Joshi. Dr. Mittal created a system
that extracts information from open intelligent sources,
such as blogs, tweets, and the dark web, to keep organizations informed about cybersecurity threats. He has accepted a tenure track
assistant professor position at the University of North
Carolina in Wilmington. (audience applauds) Yi Sun, Computer Science, being hooded by her mentor, Dr. Yun Peng. Dr. Sun developed a theoretical framework and methodology for integrating
inconsistent knowledge of Bayesian networks. Her work enables knowledge
engineers to update probabilistic knowledge
bases with more accurate and more reliable new
knowledge in a principled way. She is currently working as
senior operations research analytics developer at UPS. (audience applauds) Adam Aili Bekit, Electrical Engineering, being hooded by his
mentor, Dr. Chein-I Chang. Using compressive sensing, a
new signal acquisition concept, Dr. Bekit developed
several novel approaches to processing hyper-spectral images using compressivly sensed bands. He will continue to perform research and development work for
the Department of Defense. (audience applauds and cheers) Barnard Lampe, Electrical Engineering, being hooded by his
advisor, Dr. Chein-I Chang. Using compressed sensing, Dr. Lampe developed new
compressive sensing concepts and properties for hyper-spectral imaging to perform target detection and band selection in a
compressivly sensed sample domain. He will continue as a
senior principal researcher for Raytheon Cybersecurity Innovations. (audience applauds and cheers) Amrita Onam, Information Systems, being hooded by her mentor,
Dr. Aryya Gangopadhyay. To assist in effective
emergency responses, Dr. Onam developed methodologies
to use social media data in characterizing and
analyzing the impacts of natural disasters by
using wavelet transforms, a signal processing technology. She will be joining Amazon as a business intelligence
engineer in data science. (audience applauds) Iyanuoluwa Odebode, Information Systems, being hooded by his mentor,
Dr. Aryya Gangopadhyay. Dr. Odebode developed a
novel machine learning model for multi-modal clustering
towards identifying possible drug candidates
using phosphorylated proteins. He is joining the Air Force
Institute of Technology as an Oak Ridge Institute
for Science and Education post-doctoral fellow. (audience applauds and cheers) Botini Nirdari Argyroupolis,
Information Systems, being hooded by her mentor,
Dr. George Karabatis. Dr. Argyroupolis created a classification machine learning algorithm,
along with its variants, that accurately labels true
and false vulnerabilities in software code, leading
to significant improvements in the security posture
of a software system. She is a software assurance technical lead at the Department of Defense. (audience applauds and cheers) Erin Kimberly Van Dyke,
Information Systems, whose mentor is Dr. Anthony Norcio, is being hooded by Dr. Gunes Koru. Dr. Van Dyke surveyed and
interviewed nurse leaders at four different levels of leadership to assess informatics competencies and develop role specific competency lists tailored to the expectations
and scope of each position. She is currently an evaluator
of nursing leadership programs at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. (audience applauds) Saadi Habib, Mechanical Engineering, being hooded by his
mentor, Dr. Akhtar Khan. Dr. Habib performed a
fundamental study on the behavior of a newly developed magnesium alloy, and developed a new fracture criterion based on the deformation mechanism. He is seeking a post-doctoral
research position in the field of solid
mechanics and material science. (audience applauds and cheers) Will the candidates for the degree of Master of Fine Arts please rise? The MFA is the terminal
degree in this field. Dr. Hrabowski. – [Dr. Hrabowski] Dr. Rutledge. – [Dr. Rutledge] Dr. Hrabowski, I have the honor of presenting the candidates recommended by the faculty of the University of Maryland
Graduate School, Baltimore for the degree of Master of Fine Arts. – Upon the recommendation of the faculty and by the authority of
the state of Maryland given to the Board of
Regents and the Chancellor of the University System of Maryland, and by them, entrusted
to me, I hereby admit you to the degree which you have earned during the course of your studies at the University of Maryland
Graduate School, Baltimore in token whereof you
shall be given a diploma with all of the honors, privileges, and responsibilities thereunto pertaining. – Will the candidates for the
degree of Master of Fine Arts now please proceed with their mentors to the platform to receive their diplomas? Brian O’Neill, Intermedia
and Digital Arts, being hooded by his mentor,
Professor Lynn Cazabon. In his multimedia installation
and written thesis, Brian O’Neill examined wilderness, masculinity and survivalism
to explore connections between ingrained American
mindsets concerning nature and the current global
environmental crisis. He will remain in Baltimore
to pursue exhibitions, grants, residency fellowships
and teaching opportunities. (audience applauds) Aimi Chinen, Intermedia and Digital Arts, being hooded by her mentors, Professor Lynn Cazabon
and Dr. Kathy O’Dell. Using historical narratives
of Okinawa, Japan in English, Japanese and Uchinaaguchi, Aimi Chinen investigated
the kinds of power and language utilized in colonialization. Her work created space for discussions and gave voice back to silenced
histories of the colonized. (audience applauds and cheers) Leah Clare Michaels,
Intermedia and Digital Arts, being hooded by her
mentor, Dr. Kathy O’Dell. Leah Clare Michaels researched feminist, mystical storytelling
as a social justice practice focusing on climate change and produced a video sound installation in which she performed
as a surfer priestess invoking Melpomene, the Greek
muse of sorrow and tragedy, enacting last rite rituals for the ocean and accompanying the sea as she is dying. (audience applauds and cheers) Nicole Ringell, Intermedia
and Digital Arts, being hooded by her
mentor Dr. Timothy Nohe. In remnants, remainders,
ghosts and continuities, walking a shimmering landscape, Nicole Ringell excavated
the invisible histories of Hollins Market in Baltimore. She presented two
investigations, a text, image and found object art installation, and an augmented reality,
walking tour of Hollins Market. She plans to exhibit and teach. (audience applauds and cheers) – [Woman] Go Nicole! (audience applauds and cheers) (people murmuring) Will the candidates for the
degrees of Master of Arts, Master of Public Policy,
Master of Science, and Master’s in Professional
Studies please rise? (audience applauds and cheers) Dr. Hrabowski. – [Dr. Hrabowski] Dr. Rutledge. – Dr. Hrabowski, I now have
the honor of presenting the candidates recommended by the faculty of the University of Maryland
Graduate School, Baltimore for the degrees of Master of
Arts, Master of Public Policy, Master of Science, and Master
in Professional Studies. – Upon the recommendation of the faculty and by the authority of
the state of Maryland given to the Board of
Regents and the Chancellor of the University System of Maryland, and by them, entrusted to me, I hereby admit you to the
degree which you have earned during the course of your studies at the University of Maryland
Graduate School, Baltimore in token whereof you
shall be given a diploma with all of the honors, privileges, and responsibilities thereunto pertaining. – Thank you, and please be seated. Will the candidates
for the master’s degree now proceed to the platform
to receive their diplomas? Please remain seated until your row has been escorted to the stage. Dr. Jeffrey Halverson, Associate
Dean of the Graduate School will read the names of the Master of Arts, Master of Public Policy,
Master of Science, and Master’s in Professional
Studies degree candidates. – Good morning. In the College of Arts,
Humanities and Social Sciences, candidates for the
degree of Master of Arts in the Department of Economics and in the program of
Economic Policy Analysis, Jessica Lauren Lincoln. (audience cheers) Hunter Shelton. In the Department of Education and in the program of
Instructional Systems Development, Edwin Phillip McKnight. (audience applauds and cheers) Shima Obie Waokomar. (audience applauds and cheers) In the program of Teaching English for Speakers of Other
Languages, Bryan Vincent Silers. (audience applauds and cheers) David William Schmidt. Jennifer Isabel Bollman. Emily Morgan Hernandez. Kirsten Anastasia Thomas. Sierra Unuro. Michael Shapiro. Christina Allen. Bridget Simmons. Alphonso Fraylay. Valentina Z. Theti. Eva M. Corey. Ganisha Dione Mural. In the program of Teaching, Michael J. Reeves. Brittany N. Gilheart. Christina Krasias. Joshua Edward Anderson Massie. Carrie A. Doring. Joseph Raymond Skowronski. Brandon Goluska. In the Department of History and in the program of Historical Studies, Kayla Elizabeth Pikoviac. Ma’ayan Rosun. Camilla Sandoval. In the Department of English, in the program of Text
Technologies and Literature, Marcus William Somerville. Julia Rosa Thetos. Ernestine Whitehead. Shannon Pierre-Jerone. In the Department of Psychology in the program of Human
Services Psychology, Brianna Christine Burns. Shelby Nicole Potter. Pamela Raqshawn Rupaktar. Courtney Iman Marshall. (audience applauds and cheers) (person murmuring to speaker) Oh, in the program of Applied Sociology, Courtney Iman Marshall. (audience cheers) Illavizida Shats. Master of Public Policy, in
the School of Public Policy and in the program of Public Policy, Andrew Alexander Rynell. Linda Osterman. Mike E. Akama. Grace Catherine D’Oro. Rebecca Evelyn Hostovsky. Candidates for the degree of
Master in Professional Studies, in the Department of Geography
and Environmental Systems, and in the program of
Geographic Information Systems, Kelly Mackenzie Burna. (audience cheers) Upuli Howaboth Magai. Naftali Chavez. In the Department of Psychology and in the program of Industrial and
Organizational Psychology, Brittany Marie Ujandi. Leah Elizabeth Bracey. Tracy Mariah Simms. Kelly Brooks Haley. Cecilia Grace Gaultney. Carolina Guiterez Guahardo. Brandon K. Buckingham. Spencer Haffee. Leah Tomeka Lassner. Waneshet Karikos. Twisha S. Takor. Eric R. Schwartz. Ian Sillers. Nassa Sierra Lawrence. Vercy Yolanda Davis. Nittie Crashant Ahir. Maria Paula Fonseca. Iya J. Meyer. Steven Molanes Olivera. Shaunice Nickens. College of Arts Humanities
and Social Sciences candidates for the degree
of Master of Science in the Department of
Emergency Health Services and in the program of Emergency
Health Services, Elzie Cuso. Cara Ray Buckmaster. Wendy S. Prudencio. Sierra Kim. Jarnell D. Johnson. Erickson School, candidates for the degree of Master of Arts in the program of Management of Aging
Services, Jamunya Japao. George Asang. Taylor McCarly. Jacob Andrew Bruddish. College of Natural and
Mathematical Sciences, candidates for the degree
of Master of Science in the Department of Biological Sciences and in the program of
Applied Molecular Biology, Claire Louise Divine. Lois Jian Pang. Matthew Court. Anna Carolyn Lily. Ramses Lamont Long. (audience cheers) Hok Hai Ing. Jordan Dallas Pardeau. Kayla Marie Puglici. Susannah Rosbarski. In the Department of
Chemistry and Biochemistry in the program of Chemistry,
Melissa Kate Roll. Joseph C. Sparenburg. In the Department of Physics,
in the program of Physics, Nathan Mark Myers. Sura Oday Srangaporay. Candidates for the degree of
Master in Professional Studies in the Department of Biological Sciences, in the program of Biotechnology,
Jean-Marie Bigirindavyi. Chinello Amachi Ogubuso. Whitney A. Dakerti. Ladara Godbolt. Danielle Staggers. College of Engineering and
Information Technology, candidates for the degree
of Master of Science in the Department of
Chemical, Biochemical, and Environmental Engineering, and in the program of Chemical
and Biochemical Engineering, Andreas Eduardo Rodriguez Zambrano. (audience cheers) In the Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, and in the program of
Computer Engineering, Peter Stanley Kowalski. Batul Alsaba. Tamad Abtahi. Bryan Robert Webber. Palpoon Hongsufat. Aria Ranjan. In the program of Computer
Science, Sadin Raj Tijuari. Joseph Robert Collins. Jeremy Su Ong. Joseph James O’Malley IV. Ethan David Hine. Rishabh Gupta. Anand Vishnu Bhaskar. Kamal Sharan. Akash Sha. Pranav Chutiyiwali. Connie Salekshavni Pisupiti. Prakha Hatki. Naveen Bansal. Eman Alsathri. Sushant Sashakant Taguday. Chinmai Cocarnay. Prasad Akmar. Nikhil Kishor Lagwankar. Amruta Deshmukh. Sushmitha Manjunatha. Apurva Keshoju. Salmya Rammapatruni. Yaoshu Dipthi Sampili. Anudip Dalamaltu. Dapika Rajani. Conchi Sorub Parek. Rashmi Prava Patro. Srishti Saha. In the program of Electrical Engineering, Fatima Nafisa Chalhuri. In the College of Engineering, Management, and Information Technology, and in the program of
Engineering Management, Kinuchuku Mudilem. Mohaned Hamed Almakey. Athman Tain. Shaunay E. King. Alexina Sandra Ommabranford. Jaisri Pandit. Gatika Suresh. Srata Basundra. Mohan Gollopathi Raman. Punal Bendi. Rahal Unakrishnad. Teka A. Farquharson. Dipa R. Deb. Obujalu Anthony Akinga. Didisha Bologuru Srikanth. Omnapriya Sunu Gatki. Sruthi Nalogapudam. Abhishek Masiwal. Eunice Olowadumiola Ajayi. In the program of Systems
Engineering, Mikhail Hill. In the Department of Information Systems, and in the program of
Human Centered Computing, our very own person in the grad school Scott Matthew Phillips, congratulations. (audience applauds and cheers) Anapuma Banakuthi. Priyanka Hitesh Soni. In the program of Information
Systems, Saravanan Srinivasan. Harrison Collins. Tristan Alexander Oetker. Priyanka Ranade. Ajinkya Garkar. Ernest Cochran. Vikash Sharma Geyer. Biruk Dikaso Binaro. Bryan P. Ray. Erica Leanne Fortune. Erin Rebecca Voigt. Derek T. Wilson. Nathniellle Abibe. Margaret Williams. Tayonne Tyrell Thanes. Opuruva Anarutha Choudhary. Saley Dalip Kale. Naraj Sunil Jakhal. Poorva Srivastava. Teghazvini Yella. Rashmi Chatnahali Gongathariya. Sanjana Sachen Pradhat. Sidhi Nimesh Shah. Carla R. Chu. Shwa San. Yi Zho. Schueta Budihal. Adjinka Wakalay. Havan Kumar. Deepanjan Bhattacharyya. Harsh Varshistha. Sultanbon Libda. Aditi Sharma. Krunal Odedra. Abhishek Araguwal Padar. Komal Sing. Hananksha Sanyani. Abhishek Varadarajan. Lillian Mame Iku Obujajenugba. Danielle Alexandra Cherod. Bupaul Kumar Golvindaharajan Harababu. Sumathi Subermani. Hitesh Kumar. Priya Mohandres Manglani. Prayrana Redi. Rashni Yashwanthagaddiar. Ruchita Parab. Asmita Mukund Ranashingai. Prashant Rana. Pratik Tamakuwala. Eseosa Osagie. Ibriham Devowa Kotubu. Adebwale Adedoiyin. Aishvar Vijay Bavarai. In the Department of
Mechanical Engineering and in the program of Mechanical
Engineering, Joseph Scura. Candidates for the degree of
Master in Professional Studies in the Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, and in the program of
Cybersecurity, Ajikia Kumar Kesavan. Tianne Alicia Chen-Jones. Joseph Turman. Xi Xiang. Tyler Velasquez. Adebisi Federerra Ozho. Adam Bryan Green. Linda Moise. Tolorunju Itiwueko. Robert L. Williams. Yared Allamsaged Tarakan. Toby Odunsi. William Hannan. Nicole York Quigly. (people murmuring) (audience cheering) Sayura Otuboiva. Marie Ann Worth. Purva Dublay. Parth Rajeesh Gadhani. Anna Evelyn Majia. Harry V. Chawn. In the program of Data
Science, Prikta V. Ovendaraju. Jessica Gransbell. Sansan Winman. Srup Yang. Dongwa Jon Kim. In the Department of Information Systems in the program of Health
Information Technology, Zahid Hasan. Aisha R. Patel. Marcelie Barbosa De Sousa. (audience cheering) – We are almost there, almost there. And you’ve been a great audience. Give yourself a round of applause for being a great audience. (audience applauds and cheers) Graduates, as we close, take this moment, enjoy that slice of pizza,
and savor this moment. It’s a great moment that you can remember in the times when you are challenged. Remember all the family
members and faculty around you, giving you this love today. It can sustain you in those
moments when you’re challenged. It has been my tradition
to quote the words of our first UMBC president,
the late Alvin Coon, who spoke to the graduating class in 1970, and these were his words. “If you bring to the future
the same personal qualities “and personal commitment you’ve brought “to this campus as students, “good and important things
will continue to happen to you “and to those around you. “And we will be proud to have
played a part in your life.” And now let me leave you with the thoughts I give the graduating class every year. Be confident knowing that the
education you’ve received here gives you a solid foundation
for the rest of your lives. Know that if you persevere, and we know you will, you will reach your goals, though you’re certain to be challenged and tested along the way. But remember that your dreams, and most important your character, will determine who you will become. Your character will be
reflected most clearly in the courage you possess
and in your compassion that you show for others. Be true to yourselves,
true in your relationships, and always reach out to
elevate and to inspire. You are now, graduates,
officially alumni of UMBC. You will always be connected
to us, and we will be to you. This is your home. Give them all a round of applause, standing ovation for the graduates. (audience applauds and cheers) Please remain seated, I mean standing, please remain standing, remain standing. I’d like to acknowledge
Mr. Nate Dissmeyer, our project manager at Link Solutions here at Aberdeen Proving Grounds. He’s a member of the Alumni Association. He’s been greeting our alums. He’s one of the 70-plus
thousand graduates here. Give him a round of
applause, for Nate, please. (audience applauds) At this time, as you remain standing, and joining our graduates in
the singing of the alma mater. You can found the words on the back of the commencement program. Please, no one move until
we finish the singing of the alma mater, out of
respect for the university, and for the graduates. And most important, savor this day. It’s a good day. Give everybody a round of applause. (audience applauds and cheers) After the alma mater,
Dr. Koru will tell us congratulations and we will leave. The alma mater. ♪ Hail alma mater, our UMBC ♪ ♪ Boldly bearing your colors ♪ ♪ The whole world to see ♪ ♪ Striving together in true unity ♪ ♪ Black, gold forever
we’re reminded of thee ♪ ♪ Proudly we hail to thee, our UMBC ♪ ♪ Throughout the ages, our UMBC ♪ ♪ Songs and memories still
echo with true clarity ♪ ♪ Knowledge and wisdom
and truth we found here ♪ ♪ Friendships we treasure that
will last through the years ♪ ♪ Proudly we hail to thee, our UMBC ♪ (audience applauds and cheers) – Will everyone please standing until the platform party, faculty, staff, and graduates have recessed? Families and friends are asked to meet the graduates
outside of the Event Center. Congratulations to you
all, and enjoy the day. (audience applauds and cheers) (people murmuring) (audience applauds and cheers) (“Trumpet Tune and Air”)

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