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UMES 2011 spring commencement

  • Monday, May 2, 2011

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD - (May 2, 2011) - Spring graduation exercises at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore will be Friday, May 20, in the William P. Hytche Athletic Center. Tickets are required for admission.

    The 124th annual ceremony begins at 10 a.m. University officials advise guests to arrive by 9:30 a.m. and to take their seats because the doors will close at 9:45 Gloria Mayfield Banksa.m.

    The UMES registrar's office projects 421 students are degree candidates, including 61 who anticipate receiving master's degrees and 11 who have finished work on their doctorates.

    The university will award honorary degrees to Annapolis businessman Maurice B. Tosé and cosmetics executive Gloria Mayfield Banks, a motivational speaker who also will deliver the traditional commencement address.

    Maurice B. Tose'Banks, who lives in Baltimore, is one of Mary Kay, Inc.'s top saleswomen. She also travels widely conducting workshops, where she shares insights on "People Building" strategies for success in business and in life.

    Banks is a graduate of Howard University and received a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard University.

    Tosé, a U.S. Naval Academy graduate, is president and chief executive officer of TeleCommunications Systems Inc., an engineering and technology company he founded in 1987 that has more than 100 patents, including the industry-revolutionizing Short Message System text messaging application available on most cell phones.

    President Thelma B. Thompson also will award UMES Presidential medals to two other guests who are part of this year's graduation program.

    T. Jan WisemanJohn T. Steele of Springfield, Va., an agriculture economist by training, will receive the other Presidential Medal. He has worked the past eight years as a consultant to the U.S. Agency for International Development in Washington solving hunger problems in Africa, particularly in southern Sudan, where UMES also has a field representative tackling the same challenges.

    T. Jan Wiseman, executive director of the Greater Salisbury Committee, a group of lower Delmarva Peninsula civic and community leaders, will receive the honor in recognition of his support for UMES during Dr. Thompson's tenure.

    In keeping with tradition, international students who attend UMES wearing attire from their native lands will participate in the university's "Parade of International Flags." The UMES Concert Choir and Wind Ensemble also will perform.

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    Bill Robinson, director, UMES Office of Public Relations, 410-621-2355,

    Gail Stephens, assistant director, UMES Office of Public Relations, 410-651-7580,