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UMGC Spring 2023 Commencement: Celebrating Achievement

Mary Dempsey
By Mary Dempsey
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The newest diploma holders at University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) celebrate the power of the pursuit.  

More than 13,400 students across the United States, its territories, and 22 other countries met UMGC’s degree requirements during the academic year that began in summer 2022, with some finishing their degree programs quickly, applying transfer credits to accelerate their pathway. Others took a slower journey while working full time, raising families, completing military deployments, or coping with life’s twists and turns. The youngest graduate is 18-year-old Jacob Chen, who earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. The oldest is octogenarian Moses Njau, who received an MBA.

To showcase the students and their achievements—and to accommodate military-affiliated students serving abroad—UMGC graduation ceremonies span the globe. The biggest commencement activities will unfold in Maryland, where about 2,000 students registered to take part in Grad Walk—with family and friends right there with them—from May 11-14.   

UMGC was created for adult learners, many of whom return to school after years away from a classroom. Among this year’s graduates are a Jamaican immigrant who started her life in deep poverty and now holds a Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity Management and Policy and a woman who will receive her degree in finance, 30 years after her first college foray was interrupted by a financial setback. Numerous servicemembers among the graduates are using their degrees to transition to the civilian workforce.

The Class of 2023 includes people whose academic journeys included births and deaths, family upheaval, and grave medical challenges. They stayed the course.

See the stories posted below to learn the inspiring stories of some this year’s proud graduates.

Baker Rises to the Challenge, Completes Three-Decade Journey to Degree

Haitian Immigrants Reconnect in U.S. and Find Educational Success at UMGC

Brandon Perkins to Use Military Experience and UMGC Education to Succeed in Private Sector

Iselda Wagner's Educational Journey is Onward and Upward

Tony Thompson Stayed with It—To Finally Reach a Degree Goal

Embracing Fear and Hardship Leads to Degree in Cybersecurity

Sophia Thompson Realizes Dream of Earning a Degree

Wrenching Personal Loss Leads to Psychology Degree

Traffic Accident Slows--But Doesn't Stop--Chad Mayfield

Jessica Campbell Overcomes Home and Job Insecurity

Adisa Ayegbajeje's Circuitous Start Ends in Straight Path to Nursing Degree

Ashleigh Paylor Studies for Degree Across Six Time Zones

Against all Odds, Afghan Immigrant Earns MBA

One Mother, Two Daughters and Three Graduations

Regiane Vazquez Seizes Opportunities in Adopted Country

For Chassady Rosado, Mission Accomplished

Christina Mundy Completes Fourth Degree While Serving Her Country

Vanessa Engelhardt is Helping Seniors Avoid Financial Abuse