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UMD Senior Council Announces Commencement Speaker on Social Media
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, an education advocate who has received a No. 1 ranking by the College Board for keeping college tuition down, will address the University of Maryland graduates at Spring Commencement on Thursday, May 22.
Students announced the second-term governor would be speaking by posting a photo on social media of O’Malley with Testudo, the university's mascot.
“Nothing creates opportunity like a quality education -- that’s why we’ve made record investments in Maryland schools. Those investments have helped us earn the No. 1 ranked schools for five years in a row, and have enabled us to do more than any other state in the nation to hold down the cost of tuition,” said Governor O’Malley. “The talented young men and women of the class of 2014 will propel our state and our nation forward, and I’m incredibly honored to participate in their commencement ceremonies."
University of Maryland President Wallace Loh echoed enthusiasm for the governor’s address. "Governor O'Malley's steadfast support of excellence and affordability in higher education has made him a national leader and role model," says University of Maryland President Wallace Loh. "He has helped our students, and they want him to share his vision, insight and leadership as they start a new chapter."
Quickly shared and retweeted on social media, students spread the word of the announcement. Amber Ferguson, a senior history major, helped select Governor O’Malley. “As I prepare to head into the workforce, it was important to me that we heard from someone who values the years of studying we have just completed, and who has a strong desire to see us move forward to accomplish great things in the state of Maryland and all over the world,” said Ferguson. “It means a lot to be addressed by the leader of our state, as we prepare to become leaders ourselves.”
Martin O’Malley is serving the people of Maryland in his second term as Governor. Since 2007, his Administration has been delivering results for Maryland families by choosing to do the things that work to create jobs, expand opportunity, and make Maryland a safer, healthier place. With a balanced approach of spending cuts, regulatory reform, and modern investment in education, innovation, and infrastructure, Governor O’Malley and his Administration are making better choices that continue to deliver better results, including:
- The No. 1 ranking for best public schools in America for an unprecedented five years in a row. (Education Week)
- The No. 1 ranking for holding down the cost of college tuition. (College Board)
- The No. 1 ranking for innovation and entrepreneurship for two years running. (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)
Governor O’Malley received his bachelor’s degree from Catholic University and his law degree from the University of Maryland. Martin and his wife, Katie, a District Court judge, have two daughters, Grace and Tara, and two sons, William and Jack. They are members of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.