Michael V. Drake, M.D., president of the University of California (UC), Morgan State’s 144th Commencement Keynote Speaker (Photo Courtesy of University of California)

Series of Ceremonies Punctuate Highly-Anticipated Return to In-Person Exercises

BALTIMORE — Morgan State University President David K. Wilson announced today the selection of Michael V. Drake, M.D., president of the University of California (UC) and widely-accomplished higher education administrator, as the keynote speaker for the 144th Spring Commencement. The long-anticipated time-honored tradition and celebration of in-person commencement exercises returns to the National Treasure beginning on Friday, May 14, and will conclude on Saturday, May 15, at Hughes Memorial Stadium on the University’s campus.

(Photos Courtesy of Office of Morgan State University)

Due to the disruption of in-person commencement exercises for fall and spring 2020 as a result of the pandemic, Morgan will host three graduation ceremonies spanning two days. Preceding the Saturday, May 15 undergraduate ceremonial event for 2021 spring graduates, Morgan’s 2020 undergraduate degree recipients will be honored during a special commencement exercise held on Friday, May 14, at 9:30 a.m. Later, on Friday afternoon beginning at 2:30 p.m. there will be a separate ceremony held for 2020 and 2021 graduates receiving a master’s or doctoral degree. Graduates being honored at all three ceremonies will receive two tickets for guests and all those in attendance will be required to wear masks and adhere to all COVID-19 safety protocols during the scheduled events.

(Photos Courtesy of Office of Morgan State University)

“It is with honor and privilege that we welcome a true leader, Dr. Michael Drake, to our great institution on such a monumental occasion as we recommit ourselves to the academic rites and traditions that define who we are, our experiences and the legacy we aspire to leave behind,” said President Wilson. “Dr. Drake shares in our commitment to excellence, accessibility, leadership and addressing the critical issues that shape research and public service in our pursuit to elevate our communities.”

Lonnie Liston Smith, legendary jazz musician and Morgan alum (Class of 1961), recipient of honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree.