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Save the Date! Commencement 2024 Saturday, May 18, 2024

What: McDaniel College’s 154th Commencement Ceremony
Who: McDaniel College Class of 2024
Where: Gill Center
When: May 18, 2024
Graduate Degree Ceremony: 10 a.m.
Undergraduate Degree Ceremony: 2 p.m.
Please continue to check this webpage for the most up-to-date commencement information and livestream links.

Commencement Speakers Announced

McDaniel College announces Commencement speakers for the 2024 undergraduate and graduate ceremonies to be held on Saturday, May 18. Undergraduate Commencement speaker is higher education leader Freeman A. Hrabowski III. Graduate coordinator Mona Kerby, the L. Stanley Bowlsbey Endowed Chair at McDaniel, will provide remarks during the graduate ceremony. In addition, an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree will be awarded during the undergraduate ceremony to Greg Kahlert, president of the Kahlert Foundation, which provides grants to nonprofits, including McDaniel, along with other education, health care, youth programs, veterans organizations, and human services organizations.

Freeman A. Hrabowski III, president emeritus of University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)
Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony Speaker

Freeman A. Hrabowski III, president emeritus of University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), is a dynamic and visionary higher education leader. Dr. Hrabowski served as president at UMBC from 1992 to 2022, expanding college access for students from all backgrounds and transforming UMBC into a national leader.

An educator, author, and mathematician, he is also known for his advocacy for science and math education, particularly for minority students. He chaired the National Academies’ committee that produced the 2011 report, "Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads." In 2012, President Barack Obama named him chair of the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans and his 2013 TED talk highlights the “Four Pillars of College Success in Science.”

Freeman A. Hrabowski III
Mona Kerby, the L. Stanley Bowlsbey Endowed Chair, McDaniel College
Graduate Commencement Ceremony Speaker

Mona Kerby, the L. Stanley Bowlsbey Endowed Chair at McDaniel College, provides remarks during the graduate ceremony. Kerby coordinates the college’s School Librarianship program and is coordinator of the Writing for Children and Young Adults and Learning Technologies Specialist certificate programs.

Dr. Kerby began her career as a kindergarten teacher with the Arlington Independent School District in Arlington, Texas, and was a librarian before coming to teach at McDaniel in 1994. In 2012, she earned a prestigious Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program three-year grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to fund 12 full scholarships for teachers working in underserved regions in Maryland to earn master’s degrees in School Librarianship from McDaniel.

Mona Kerby

Commencement Week Events

Please continue to check this webpage as we will continue to add additional events leading up to Commencement. 

The six ROTC cadets pose together for a photo.

Friday, May 17, 10 a.m. ROTC Commissioning Baker Memorial Chapel

Graduating seniors from McDaniel who are part of the Green Terror Battalion Army ROTC program are commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army. Army ROTC has been a tradition at the college since 1919, and the Green Terror Battalion, which includes cadets from McDaniel, Hood College and Mount St. Mary’s, is one of the oldest ROTC programs in the nation.

College Schoars

Friday, May 17, 6:30 p.m. Senior Investiture and Honors Convocation Baker Memorial Chapel

Graduating seniors receive academic, activity and leadership awards during McDaniel College’s annual Senior Investiture and Honors Convocation. (Doors open at 6 p.m. for family and friends.)

Proud McDaniel Grad Yard Sign

Celebrate Your Graduate with a Yard Sign! #McDaniel24

Celebrate your McDaniel grad major life accomplishment with a Yard Sign. Signs are available to purchase through the McDaniel College Bookstore Spirit Shop.