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Celebrating 75 Years
of Transforming Lives

Unbreakable Diamonds: UMGC's Past, Present, & Future

UMGC 75th Anniversary LogoSince 1947, University of Maryland Global Campus has proudly served adult students in the workforce and the military, in Maryland, across the country, and around the world. From the first, we have worked to fulfill the promise outlined in our mission statement: To inspire hope, empower dreams, and transform lives ... one student at a time.

"From its inception, this institution has been student-centered in every sense of that phrase. Few institutions can boast such a colorful record of working with students in most unusual and often adverse conditions," said Dr. Gregory W. Fowler, president of UMGC. "That student-centeredness remains at the heart of UMGC today."

The UMGC story is one of innovation, of obstacles overcome, and of personal success, and we are proud to highlight 75 Years of Unbreakable Diamonds. Today, with more than 175 locations around the world, we are committed to building on our legacy of service, leveraging our global presence to reach civilian populations who can benefit from learning experiences that fit their objectives and align with workforce needs.

We are grateful to the dedicated UMGC community of students, alumni, faculty, staff, partner organizations, supporters, and board members whose hard work and belief in our mission allows us to continue to innovate and deliver the learning experiences that are needed today. And we look forward to continuing to transform lives, families, communities, and our world for the next 75 years.

For our diamond anniversary we highlight "75 Years of Unbreakable Diamonds"—75 stories that show how our history and our future align. Each story makes us proud. And I am so grateful to be part of our UMGC community of learners, innovators, and pioneers.

Dr. Gregory W. Fowler President, UMGC


View Letter from President Biden

UMGC is honored to receive a letter from U.S. President Joseph R. Biden Jr., acknowledging the importance of our milestone by saying that institutions like UMGC “not only educate our students—they shape our future.”

Explore Our History & Timeline

From becoming the first university to serve military students in Europe in 1949, to serving nearly 90,000 adult learners at 175+ locations around the world today, we have an amazing history.

75 Years of Unbreakable Diamond Stories

75 years is recognized as the diamond anniversary. For this important milestone, UMGC celebrates our unwavering commitment to serving adult learners and the military around the world. We have achieved so much throughout our history, thanks to the people and supporters who have helped us build the foundation for student success. Our video series, 75 Years of Unbreakable Diamonds, highlights the UMGC story, recognizing our past, present, and future. A new video will be released every day from August 22 to November 4. Follow #UMGC75years on social media or see our YouTube playlist to view these amazing stories.

UMGC Community Profiles

Our community of students, alumni, faculty, staff, and partners are the foundation of UMGC. We're proud to share several profiles and stories of these people who have helped shape where we are today.


#UMGC75Years: Share Your Thoughts

Learn how UMGC is celebrating its 75th anniversary across our various social media accounts, and share your thoughts with #UMGC75Years.

10 Things You May Not Know About UMGC

UMGC is celebrating 75 years as a leader in distance learning for working adults and servicemembers.