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Graduates Reaped the Rewards of Resilience at Morgan’s Spring 2021 Commencement Ceremonies

More Than 1,500 Return to the National Treasure for the Long-Anticipated Reprise of ‘Pomp and Circumstance’

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BALTIMORE — May afforded the Morgan State University (MSU) family a break in the clouds, and blue skies, both literally and figuratively, for the graduation ceremonies of Maryland’s Preeminent Public Urban Research University and largest Historically Black College or University this spring. As expected, the global coronavirus pandemic made a major impact on tradition this year, as Morgan held three commencement events on campus in Hughes Stadium, with appropriate social distancing,” facemask requirements and other measures to protect public health. More than 500 bachelor’s degree candidates who became MSU graduates in Spring or Fall 2020 received in-person recognition during the long-postponed 143rd Spring Commencement Exercises, which were held on the morning of Friday, May 14. That afternoon, 350 of Morgan’s Spring and Fall 2020 master’s and doctoral degree recipients and Spring 2021 master’s and doctoral degree candidates were honored during the Commencement Exercises for the School of Graduate Studies. Morgan’s undergraduate Class of 2021 had its day in the sun on the morning of Saturday, May 15, at the 144th Spring Commencement Exercises, as 600 bachelor’s degree candidates gathered in a joyous demonstration of “resilience,” which was aptly dubbed “the word of the year” by the keynote speaker, Michael V. Drake, M.D., president of the University of California (UC).

144th Spring Commencement Exercises keynote speaker, Michael V. Drake, M.D., president of the University of California(UC). (Photos Courtesy of Office of Morgan State University)

MSU President David K. Wilson and MSU Board of Regents Chairman Kweisi Mfume conferred honorary Morgan degrees during the May 15 event, to Dr. Drake, who received a Doctor of Laws, and to jazz great Lonnie Liston Smith of Morgan’s Class of 1961, who received a Doctor of Fine Arts.

MSU Board of Regents Chairman Kweisi Mfume (left) and Morgan President David K. Wilson (right) present jazz great and alumnus Lonnie Liston Smith (middle) of Morgan’s Class of 1961, an honorary Doctor ofFine Arts degree. (Photos Courtesy of Office of Morgan State University)

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