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Betsy DeVos, Trump’s Education Secretary, Accepts Invite to Speak at UB Winter Commencement

Photo by Gage Skidmore, via Wikimedia Commons.

A controversial Cabinet member is coming to the University of Baltimore this winter to help usher newly minted graduates off into the working world.

Caps n’ Gowns: Baltimore Graduations Bring Distinguished Speakers to Region

A 2014 graduation ceremony at the University of Maryland. Photo by Jay Baker, via Wikimedia Commons.

It’s that time of year again. Thousands of Baltimore-area students will earn their degrees over the next month, capping their tenures studying at some of Charm City’s best colleges and high schools. Joining the newly minted graduates at their ceremonies will be some illustrious company, including a vice president, a librarian of Congress, acclaimed journalists, medical experts and successful entrepreneurs, among others.

Here’s our guide to this year’s ceremonies, in chronological order:

Joe Biden to Speak at Morgan State Commencement, Receive Honorary Doctorate

Morgan State University’s Earl S. Richardson Library. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

Former Vice President Joseph Biden is coming to Baltimore this month to give the keynote address during Morgan State University’s spring commencement exercises.

The New York Times’ Frank Bruni to Speak at Hopkins Commencement in May

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Journalist Frank Bruni has seemingly done it all, from writing about religion and war in Detroit to covering George W. Bush’s White House in Washington to co-authoring his own cookbook. Soon, he’ll add an honorary doctorate from Hopkins to his resume.

New John Waters Book ‘Make Trouble’ to be Published in April

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April 11 is shaping up to be a day when all Hades breaks loose.

Famous Filmmakers, Billionaires Speak at Baltimore Commencements

Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Defense
Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Defense

2016 is going to be quite a year for graduation ceremonies at Baltimore-area colleges and universities. Perhaps because of all the high-profile media attention the city got over the past year, we’ve wound up with an impressive slate of speakers–from Academy Award nominees to bestselling authors to politicans– planning on imparting their wisdom to eager graduates this year. 

Johns Hopkins Graduation Will Move Indoors



It’s lovely to have your graduation ceremony outside–as long as the weather cooperates, the mosquitos stay away, and no one’s grandmother faints from standing in the sun too long. In fact, most local universities–from MICA to Morgan State–hold their commencements indoors. And as of next year, Johns Hopkins will join them.

Watch Johns Hopkins Commencement Live


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Happy Johns Hopkins commencement, everyone! Want to watch Pixar co-founder Ed Catmull speak live, or see someone special receive his or her diploma? You can do that, thanks to the wonderful power of technology.

Best Commencement Speaker Announcement Ever


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Johns Hopkins University announced their commencement speaker yesterday. Usually these things happen in the form of a press release or email blast. But this announcement was… different.

Watch YouTube’s CEO Susan Wojcicki’s Johns Hopkins Commencement Address


Last week, Susan Wojcicki became the fifth woman to serve as commencement speaker at Johns Hopkins University.

After acknowledging that she didn’t remember a word of her own commencement speech, she pointed out that most of the day’s graduates had no memory of the time before the internet. She also name-dropped David After Dentist, Hero Cat, and Gangnam Style.