Welcome Class of 2021

Graduate School Ceremony

May 20, 2021

10 a.m.

May 20, 2021

10 a.m.

Graduate Ceremony

Undergraduate School Ceremony

May 21, 2021

10 a.m.

May 21, 2021

10 a.m.

Undergraduate Ceremony


Dear Members of the UMBC Class of 2021,

Congratulations on your achievements during your time at UMBC. This has been a year unlike any other in our lifetimes, and we admire your resilience and perseverance. You are the embodiment of the hope we feel for the future. 

You are a very special class in the evolution of UMBC. You have confronted and overcome challenges that few expected or imagined. Many people think our country has never been through as difficult a period as what we are experiencing now, and yet history tells us we have. Those of us who grew up in the 1960s also experienced a series of tragedies and a period of civil rights activism and social protest.

The lesson from both of these periods of societal upheaval and unexpected adversity is that we must have hope. We must believe in ourselves and care about other people. We must recognize we have work to do to dismantle discrimination and inequity of all types in our society. The approach you are taking will determine who you will be. Before you know it, 50 years will have passed, and I hope you will be able to look back and say, “I did my best.”

I hope that what you have learned at UMBC has empowered you to ask deep questions, engage in difficult conversations, and to recognize and confront injustice. Know that the world needs you now more than ever. You, our graduating students—UMBC’s newest alumni—help us keep hope alive.  I am pleased to welcome you into the community of Retriever alumni, now more than 80,000 strong. You will always have this connection. Please stay in touch and share your challenges and accomplishments with us.

Thank you for your grit and greatness.

Freeman Hrabowski's Signature

Freeman Hrabowski
President, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Join us at alumni.umbc.edu