Graduation

The First Commencement Exercises of University of Maryland Baltimore County
The First Commencement Exercises of University of Maryland Baltimore County, June 7, 1970. University Publications, UPUB C5-001. View larger

UMBC’s first graduation ceremonies occurred on June 7, 1970. Diane Juknelis, a student receiving a B.A. in political science, spoke about the new campus "making its mark" as a "new, innovative, young, and strong" school. "The present class of graduates is the first in a long line of innovators who are not to be considered products of UMBC, but rather constant producers of all that gives it character and quality. The campus, ever-growing and changing, will bear the indelible imprint of those who participated in its all-important first step on a course untried."