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UMGC’s Spring Graduation Ceremonies Circle the Globe

Bob Ludwig
By Bob Ludwig
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Adelphi, Md. (April 5, 2024)--University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) will celebrate graduates at commencement ceremonies across several time zones around the world, beginning in Japan (Tokyo and Okinawa) and moving to Korea, Germany and Micronesia (Guam). The university’s largest graduation event, "Grad Walk," will be held in Adelphi, Maryland, from May 9-12.

More than 14,000 students have earned degrees this year, including associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees, with thousands attending the global commencements. U.S. graduation activities will take place at the College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Maryland, highlighted by “Grad Walk,” a four-day event that enables graduates to select a specific block of time to walk across the stage with their family and friends close by.

The spring commencement in Germany coincides with UMGC’s 75th anniversary of service to the U.S. military in Europe. In response to a call from the Department of Defense, the university sent seven faculty members in 1949 to teach U.S. troops in post-World War II Germany. UMGC has been teaching, uninterrupted, on U.S. military installations throughout Europe ever since, expanding to Asia in 1956 and the Middle East in 2005. The first formal commencement ceremony in Europe was held in Heidelberg, Germany, in 1954.

UMGC has taught classes on every continent, including Antarctica, and in the war zones of Vietnam, Bosnia, and Afghanistan. The university is currently offering classes in Poland to U.S. troops supporting NATO in Poland.

For more information about the spring 2024 commencements, see links below:

Tokyo, Japan, April 6 (New Sanno Hotel, 11 a.m. local time)

Okinawa, Japan, April 13 (Yomitan Cultural Center, 2 p.m. local time)

Korea, April 20 (Camp Humphreys, 11 a.m. local time) 

Kaiserslautern, Germany, April 27 (Ramstein Air Base, Officer’s Club)

Guam, May 4 (Hilton Guam Resort & Spa, 11 a.m. local time)

Adelphi, Md, May 9-12 (College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center) 


About University of Maryland Global Campus

University of Maryland Global Campus was founded more than 75 years ago specifically to serve the higher education needs of working adults and military servicemembers. Today, UMGC is the largest provider of postsecondary education in Maryland. It continues its global tradition with online and hybrid courses, more than 175 classroom and service locations worldwide and more than 135 degrees and certificates backed by the reputation of a state university and the University System of Maryland. For more information, visit