For Immediate Release
December 14, 1999
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Four Thousand University of Maryland Students Celebrate Holiday Season with New Degrees
COLLEGE PARK, Md. Four thousand newly minted University of Maryland alumni will celebrate the holiday season this year with their hard-earned academic degrees. On Thursday, Dec. 23, the university will hold its 225th commencement ceremony at 9 a.m. in the Cole Student Activities Building.
The halls of Cole will be decked that special day, not with holly but with the colorful banners of each of the university's colleges. The ceremony will begin with the traditional procession of students and faculty in full academic regalia. Following commencement, university officials will host an open reception from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for all students and their families in the Stamp Student Union.
Former All-America quarterback Boomer Esiason '84, will deliver the keynote remarks at the commencement ceremony. Esiason led the Maryland Terrapins to the Atlantic Coast Conference title and set 17 Terp records for offense as a prelude to a distinguished 14-year NFL career. In 1993, he founded the Boomer Esiason Foundation, which works to heighten public awareness and education about cystic fibrosis as well as to financially support research aimed at finding a cure for the disease. He currently is a commentator for ABC's Monday Night Football broadcast. At the ceremony, Esiason will be receiving the 1999 President's Distinguished Alumnus Award.
The student speaker for the commencement ceremony is a young man whose commitment to university and community service coupled with his academic talents have distinguished him as a role model and leader. G. Scott Shaw is a journalism major who made his mark on the university's student newspaper, The Diamondback, as a reporter, design instructor and columnist. A former president of the Public Relations Student Society of America, Shaw also has worked as a government relations communications assistant for the High Technology Council of Maryland, an organization dedicated to supporting the region's technology industry through education and government. The Lanham, Md.- native has been a regular volunteer with Hospice of Prince George's County and Hospice of Chesapeake in Millersville, Md., where he designed brochures and assisted with special events planning.
This December's graduating seniors will join their classmates who graduated in May in the donation of the senior class gift, a 90-year University of Maryland tradition. The class of 1999 is establishing the Henson Garden, which will surround a sculpture of Jim Henson and Kermit the Frog (1998 class gift) commissioned in honor of the late Maryland alumnus. The garden will be located on the corner of Library Lane and Campus Drive.
Individual graduation activities for the university's colleges and schools are scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 22 and Thursday, Dec. 23 at various campus locations. Guests are encouraged to arrive at least one-half hour before the ceremonies start to observe the student and faculty procession.
Free parking will be available in the campus lots and garages. The university shuttle bus service will provide guests free transportation across the campus throughout the day. Media who wish to park in the Union Lane Garage nexudent Activities Building must present valid and current media credentials.
Winter 1999 Commencement
Wednesday, Dec. 22
Candidates for degrees:
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