UMBC Watch

Spotlight on the Class of 1998

June 22, 1998--From advanced study at Harvard, Berkeley, Stanford, and Johns Hopkins, to employment with the Ford Motor Corporation, Motorola, General Electric, and T. Rowe Price, our newest graduates are putting their UMBC educations to work.

More than 1,600 students earned degrees from UMBC this past year. Nearly a quarter of the bachelor's-degree recipients graduated with honors, including 45 summa cum laude. Also among the graduates are 77 with double majors, and the first 78 UMBC students inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.

Graduates were accepted into graduate and professional programs at Carnegie Mellon, Clemson, Cornell, Emory, George Washington, Georgetown, Georgia Tech, Johns Hopkins, NYU, Penn State, Princeton, Rensselaer, Stanford, the University of California-Berkeley, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and the University of Virginia, among others.

Some of our creative-arts graduates are pursuing graduate study in design, writing, theatre, and music, while others are already working on organizing exhibition space for area artists, performing, and creating independent works of film and video. Other graduates entering the workforce have received offers of employment from local and national companies, including AAI Corporation, Arthur Andersen, Becton Dickinson, Ford Motor Corporation, General Electric, IBM, the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, Kennedy-Krieger Institute, KPMG Peat Marwick, Lockheed Martin, Maryland Historical Society, Maryland's Department of Business and Economic Development, Motorola, Rite Aid Corporation, and T. Rowe Price. Scores of graduates also will be pursuing teaching careers in school systems throughout Maryland, having earned teaching certificates in addition to degrees in their majors.

Among the 42 Ph.D. recipients, several have received post-doctoral fellowships at Brandeis University, Brown University's Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the University of California-San Diego, and other sites. Others are going on to faculty positions at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Frostburg State, Towson, Dickinson College, and UMBC.

"This year's graduating class is among our most outstanding ever. Many of our graduates received multiple offers of employment or admission to graduate or professional schools. Clearly they are in demand."

--President Freeman A. Hrabowski, III

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