2016 Spring Commencement

[ Trumpet fanfare ] >> Ladies and gentlemen, presiding over these exercises is Dr. Wallace Loh, President of the University of Maryland (Cheers and Applause) >> Good evening! Welcome to the 2016 Spring Commencement exercises of the University of Maryland (Cheers and Applause) Commencement marks the start of a new chapter in the lives of our graduates Commencement is also a wistful farewell, spoken in words of endear by the University to our graduates and by our graduates to their alma mater We will begin with a moment of reflection, delivered by Reverend Holly Ulmer, Chaplain, of the United Campus Ministry Her remarks will be followed by the singing of the National Anthem, led by Chelsea Davidson, She’s graduating this semester with a Master Degree in vocal performance, and is a member of the Maryland Opera Studio, and the Maryland Wind Ensemble, directed by Craig Potter

Could you please stand for the reflections and the National Anthem >> Acknowledging the beautiful diversity in this assembly, we have come together from different secular, spiritual and religious backgrounds for a singular purpose, to celebrate with joy the accomplishments of our graduates at this main commencement at the University of Maryland We are so very proud of you, our graduating students (Applause) Some of us send prayers All of us from our hearts extend to you our love, good wishes and great encouragement as you now stand on the threshold of a new adventure, the next chapter in your life Your unique callings and contributions are very much needed A life calling, quoting Frederick Beakner is a place where your deep gladness meets the world’s deep hunger In the midst of excitement, there’s also uncertainty What kind of future will you will all of us walk into? What kind of future will we create together? In an era of unprecedented rapid change and globalization, building walls between us and those who are different from us is not the answer Many wisdom traditions (Cheers) Many wisdom traditions advocate welcoming the stranger, learning to cultivate compassion and understanding for the well being of those who are most vulnerable among us at home and abroad, is intimately connected to the well being of us all, and the precious piece of our world In a time in history when the ecology of the planet is threatened as never before, taking care of our little corner of the world is not the answer Cooperation at a scale we have never achieved before will be needed to find crucial answers to share resources and to save our planet In an era when fear is becoming the order of the day, due to economic instability, terrorism, racial tensions and ignorance, giving birth to more fear or violence is not the answer Quoting the great American (Applause) Quoting the great American, Franklin Delano Roosevelt is the only thing we have to fear is fear itself Our greatest enemy is fear May we all, whether through secular core values or spiritual practices choose to overcome injustice and oppression and intentionally live out the golden rule, do on to others as would you have them do unto you Dear, graduates, much is being asked of you, and much is being asked of us all, what is needed now more than ever in this moment is courage Be brave in the land of the free and the home of the brave And wherever your life’s callings take you, find your strength in the power of the community, in interconnectedness of the Global Village, and may you be blessed, blessed with resilience, humility, wisdom and hope in this shining moment and always And speaking on behalf of the our diverse university chaplains, may the loving creator be with you (Cheers and Applause) ¶ o, say can you see by the dawn’s early light ¶ ¶ what so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s

last gleaming ¶ ¶ whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight ¶ ¶ o’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming ¶ ¶ and the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air ¶ ¶ gave proof through the night that our flag was still there ¶ ¶ o, say does that star spangled banner yet wave ¶ ¶ o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave ¶¶ Go Terps! (Applause) >> Please be seated Reverend Ulmer, thank you for your thoughtful and inspiring and wise words Much appreciated And Chelsea thank you for your energetic, inspired rendition of our National Anthem (Cheers and Applause) You have a heavenly voice! Now, you should know that Chelsea, right after graduation, is off to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she is joining this very prestigious artistic program of the Santa Fe Opera (Applause) Which is a first step towards a professional career as an opera singer And thank you to the University of Maryland Wind Ensemble (Applause) Now seated on the front row here are the seniors who are serving as the marshals of this evening’s commencement exercise They are outstanding students They have been recommended by their departments because of their academic performance, as well as their contributions to student life So student marshals, will you please stand up to be recognized? (Cheers and Applause) To help educate and support and mentor our 38,000 students at this university, we have almost 10,000 faculty and staff And some of them are here this evening to join us to salute our graduates So let me begin by first asking the faculty who are here many of them, of course, will be attending the ceremonies of individual colleges, but those who are here tonight, would you please stand up to be recognized? (Cheers and Applause) By the way, in addition to they are all educators They are all part of the mission of education, but this year, I’m really pleased to welcome to commencement the commanders of our ROTC programs, Army, Navy and Air Force Thank you for being here (Applause) I believe you are commissioning our graduates a second lieutenant sometime this week; is that correct? Great Congratulations, new officers We also have this evening for the first time and I’m so glad that you are here, we have

representatives of our athletic coaches because they too are educators They educate on the field, on the court and in the classroom and in the community We have the head coach of football, the head coach of men’s basketball, the head coach of men’s soccer, the head coach of softball, and the head coach of tennis Thank you for coming (Cheers and Applause) The reason I think it’s so important to recognize that we asked them here to be with us for commencement is because of the very important work of education of a university You know, rather recently I was on a plane flying across the country and I had the misfortune of being seated next to a very loquacious businessperson and he was going on and on talking to me about his business deals, his mergers, his acquisitions Then finally, he said, so what business are you in? Me? Well, I am in the immortality business (Laughter) Oh So you are a preacher? I said, no I’m an educator I’m in the business of education, of helping to transform people’s lives, to communicate new knowledge, new ideas, new values to the next generation and they will then communicate to their children and their children’s children The impact of an educator, of a teacher, stretches to eternity We are in the immortality business! (Cheers and Applause) Now, every generation has its own rendezvous with destiny Every generation has its own opportunity for greatness and I would like to recognize now a very special group of alumni, who have marched into Xfinity Center tonight The Golden Terps, who graduated 50 years ago Oh, it’s 60 I’m told the difference between 2016 and 166 is 60 years Still, 60 years Thanks for coming back to my alma mater Is it 50 for 60? Is there a math just take the difference between 2016 and 1966 Whatever that number is, we are here too (Laughter) Well, all I can say is when you left this campus in 1996, it was a time of (Laughter) Oh, 1966! (Applause) It’s no wonder I flunked arithmetic in school In 1966, when you graduated, this was a time of fervent across the country with antiwar protests and 50 years later, as the class of 2016 goes out, campuses around the country are also convulsed with activism and student protest for social and racial justice (Applause) But changes have occurred over the past 50 years And it’s worth pointing out those changes, right here in College Park, in March 1966, the NCAA men’s basketball championship was held at Cole Fieldhouse and you will remember that Texas Western played Kentucky

Texas Western had an all African American lineup, the first time in NCAA history and they defeated Kentucky (Applause) I want to thank Kevin Anderson I well, I want to thank our department for bringing Texas Western to the campus to recognize them last February That victory shattered the color line in college sports 1966, when you graduated, the National Organization of Women was formed (Applause) And today today, 50 years later, a woman is running for President of the United States (Cheers and Applause) There have been changes And the final one that I will mention, you may recall that in 1966, Cuba declared martial law because they feared an American invasion Well, let me tell you, today Americans are invading Cuba on cruise ships and airlines! Thousands of American tourists are coming to Cuba Times have changed So when I reflect upon that, I just wonder when the class of 2016 comes back to Xfinity Center 50 years later, 2066 (Cheers and Applause) Will you and I be here to welcome them? I hope to! But if not, my predecessor standing here, I’m sure that my predecessor not predecessor My successor, whoever he or she is will be very proud of your support, your commitment, and your contributions of your alma mater as has been demonstrated by the class of 1966 Thank you very much for being with us, Golden Terps (Applause) So, look, this is graduation The purpose of today’s ceremony is to award you your degrees But as I look at the program, you know, we have a lot of speakers, myself included So I’m mindful of what a Catholic priest once said to me He said, The speaker at a commencement ceremony is like the body at an old fashioned Irish wake They need you to have a party, but they don’t expect you to say very much (Laughter) I’m also mindful that you are here to get a diploma, a diploma is the reward you get for staying in school A long commencement ceremony should not be the punishment that you get (Laughter) For staying in school (Applause) So mindful of that our first speaker (Laughter) our first speaker is Barry Gossett, vice chair of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents A Terp who graduated here with a degree in business Mr. Gossett (Applause) >> Well, with that, maybe I should say Wausau and sit down I know when I came in here, I saw a lot of excited Terps So congratulations Along with my 16 fellow Reg regents at the university System of Maryland, please accept our ensear congratulations on your graduation It’s the next step on immortality We also recognized President Wallace Loh who provides tremendous leadership on our wonderful flagship institution University Maryland is a force in education, research and discovery and public service It stands as one of the finest universities in the country and in the world And as your strategic partnership with the medical and the professional schools at the University of Maryland Baltimore expands your impact will only intensify

Now, many alumni tell me they do not remember who their commencement speaker was or what they said However, this is a different day A person who I admire greatly is your commencement speaker, Kevin Plank, founder and CEO of Under Armour and proud Terp, always speaks great words delivering wonderful messages So listen up No texting (Laughter) Most importantly, however, we recognize and congratulate you, the class of 2016 What we have accomplished what you have accomplished has taken hard work, persistence, dedication and a whole lot of support Your family and friends take a lot of pride in your accomplishments They have shared and sacrificed with you So share the success with them It’s important to both of you Today you graduate from an institution recognized by excellence Your life may change and take a different direction, with new challenges but your education has prepared you to accept these challenges with confidence So whatever you next do, embrace it and have some fun! Once again, congratulations to all of you and the best wishes in the years to come and go Terps! (Cheers and Applause) >> Thank you, Regent Gossett Now, I would like to introduce some of the members of platform party who are seated behind me They represent the leadership of the university Let me see, who is here? So I’m going to start with the vice presidents Mary Ann Rankin, Senior Vice President and Provost; Who is a biologist By the way, please hold off the applause until I finish all of them, or else we will be here until midnight Linda Clement, Vice President for Student Affairs; They’s also a Terp and got her Ph.D. here at Maryland Carlo Colella, Vice President for Administration and Finance; Another Terp He got his degree in civil engineering here at Maryland Eric Denna, Vice President for Information Technology; And chief information officer Patrick O’Shea, Vice President for Research; He’s a physicist from Ireland and, of course, a graduate from the University of Maryland Peter Weiler, Vice President for University Relations Michael Poterala, Vice President for legal affairs and General Counsel And is my lawyer to get me out of trouble We are probably the only two lawyers on this platform, is that correct? Oh, Lucy is a lawyer too I should say something because there’s a difference between him and me you should know He’s a real lawyer! (Laughter) Me, I’m a public interest lawyer That means it’s in the public interest that I don’t practice law (Laughter) Thank you, Mike Dr. Kumea Shorter Gooden, Assistant Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer Is Kevin Anderson here? Okay So I know he was out of town doing what he should do, raise money So he’s probably still on the plane Or maybe he’s with that donor trying to extract that additional dollar Dr. Martha Nell Smith, Professor of English, who is our University Marshal; A scholar in Emily Dickinson So Martha, have you read all 1,789 poems of Emily Dickinson? >> I have >> You have Wow! >> And I read her mail too I read her letters too >> That is very impressive Patrick Ronk He’s a senior, graduating in government And two time president of the undergraduate Student Government Now I will make a fearless prediction, in 15 or 20 years, he will be in high elected office in the state of Maryland! You are going to do that, right? All right (Laughter) Be fearless! Deborah Hemingway, she’s a Ph.D. student in biophysics and also serving her second term as president of Graduate Student Government Where are you Deborah Oh, there you are!

And she is the mother of a 4 week old adorable baby William Who is taking care of William right now? Who is taking care of William? >> His dad Wanda Alexander, President of the Maryland Alumni Association; And she will speak later in the program Amy Eichhorst, Executive Director of the Maryland Alumni Association; Willie Brown, Director of Information Technology, and Human Resources and in one of the colleges And the outstanding Chair of the University Senate; And all the faculty, will you stand in unison They will introduce themselves later on And now you may applaud all of them (Applause) And now I would like to introduce the finalists for the university medal which is the highest honor that a University of Maryland bestows on a senior And it’s awarded to someone who personifies academic distinction, great character, and contributions beyond academics In fact, we have four finalists and they all embody those qualities So I would like to ask the finalists, would you please come on to the stage? (Cheers and Applause) So come on up Stand close You know, we will do a little Oprah Winfrey here (Laughter) First of all, you should know that these are amazing students My script says that they all have perfect or near perfect academic records Now I know what perfect is What is near perfect? I know some of you are near perfect, is that a 3.999? Whatever it is We are going to find out I also know that your accomplishments here make your parents proud Your parents and family members, they are here today? Okay All right You point them out at the right time And will the parents and the family members of these finalists please stand up Okay? So let me begin We will begin with Adip Bhargav Where are your parents? >> I think they are somewhere over there >> Somewhere over there Okay (Applause) This guy majored in neurobiology and physiology, and he minored in French And he has a 4 GPA So tell me, in addition to just studying, what else did you do when you were here? Get close to the mic? >> Yeah, so I took a lot of trips abroad and I went to Eastern Europe, Moldova to do medical volunteering at their medical school That was one cool thing >> And where is Moldova is that? South America? >> In Eastern Europe >> I failed geography too in school (Laughter) So what are your plans after after you graduate? >> I will be starting medical school in July, at Mayo Clinic >> Oh, wonderful (Applause) Well, congratulations and hold on Hold on I’m going to give you this little token It’s a Maryland bow tie >> Thank you >> Congratulations By the way, a ward about this bow tie, you know, some of you have may remember during exam time I go to the residence halls and I hand out cookies And two years ago, this student came up to me and said, thank you for the cookie I would like to give you a present and she gave me this bow tie I said, wow, that’s no nice Where did you buy it? I said I make it in my dorm in Prince Frederick Hall I have a business making bow ties! Kevin, let me tell you… in 20 years, Easter Oh who is graduating today in business, she will be the female Kevin Plank in Maryland (Applause) >> Jessica Liu (Applause) >> And are your parents somewhere here? Can you see them with the lights in your eyes

>> Right there >> Oh, they are right there All right! So what are you majoring in? >> Economics and government and politics >> Oh, very good And did you also go to Moldova or some other exotic place? >> I went to Israel and Jordan >> And what did you do in Israel and Jordan? >> I studied global philanthropy and nonprofit organizations >> Oh, wonderful! And so what do you plan to do after graduation? >> I will be working at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors >> Oh, wonderful, Jessica So I’m not giving her a bow tie I’m giving her a hair bow >> Thank you Thank you very much (Applause) Annika McGinnis Hello Annika >> Hi >> So you are from where? >> Columbia, Maryland >> Columbia, Maryland (Cheers and Applause) And are your parents here? >> Yeah, they are >> Where are they? >> Right there >> All right (Applause) >> Oh, I see And that younger girl is that your sister? >> Yes, that’s my sister >> And what is your sister doing here? I mean, like what is she in school? >> She’s a senior in high school right now, but she’s coming to the University of Maryland next year >> All right! What a smart family! And what does your father do, by the way? >> He’s also a professor here in science education >> Wow! >> You are a professor at the University of Maryland Wonderful and how long has he been a professor here? >> 22 years >> 22 years! You have Terp genes >> Yeah >> So tell me then, after you what are you majoring in? >> Journalism, international development and French >> And French Wow! So what are you going to do after you graduate >> I’m going to accept a Global Health Corps in Uganda >> In Uganda Congratulations Oh And here’s a hair bow for you (Laughter) That was a hair bow (Laughter) And now, for the 2016 university medalist, I’m pleased to present you to Iowis Zhu Congratulations Where are your parents? >> Over there with everyone else >> All right And your younger brother >> No, I don’t have siblings (Applause) >> Now, I am told that you have multiple majors and multiple minors So what are your multiple majors and we are not here all evening >> I majored in biochemistry and cell biology >> And your minors >> I completed minors in statistics, technology entrepreneurship and public leadership >> Wow And and I’m told that you led some student teams Could you just say something about the teams and you got a gold medal for that or the team did? >> So I was leader of the U Maryland Igem team I was the PI and we were able to go to the jamboree in Boston and we won two gold medals, two years in a row >> Wow, that’s very impressive And so what are you going to do after this? >> I will be starting MDPH in San Francisco San Francisco this fall >> You have a rather distinctive name Iowis I never heard anybody else called Iowis Is there some significance to that name? >> It comes from a combination of Iowa and Wisconsin That’s where my parents got their graduate degrees when they came here from China (Applause) So they got degrees from Iowa and Wisconsin and obviously, you spent time in Iowa and Wisconsin So I have to ask you this, at some point, you are going to marry and have children What will your first child be called? >> Well, if it’s a girl, we’ll call her Mary, definitely

>> And if it is a boy? >> I’ll think about it (Laughter) >> Well, may I make a suggestion on what to call him? >> Sure >> If you are Iowis, how about Myiowis >> I’ll think about it >> So we’ll give you your medal (Cheers and Applause) So you can sit down (Cheers and Applause) So at each commencement, we invite a student to deliver an address to the graduating class There is a committee of seniors that chooses the commencement the student commencement speaker, and this evening, I’m pleased to introduce Rachel George (Cheers and Applause) Where is Rachel? Come on up Come on up So Rachel, your parents are here too, I assume >> Mm hmm >> Where are they? >> Right up there And where are they from? >> Columbia >> Speak into the mic >> Columbia, Maryland >> Wonderful >> You should know that Rachel is another one of those students with a perfect GPA, and what did you major in? >> English and marketing >> Oh, you had two areas And, look, you have people going to Israel and Moldova or wherever that place is Did you go to some equally, you know, interesting place? >> Yes, I went to Ecuador this past summer [ speaking Spanish ] And what did you do in Ecuador? >> We consulted with local communities and we gave eye exams and sold health products >> And what are you going to do after graduation? >> I will be going back to Ecuador and Peru to film a video on the disability programs that Study Abroad is running there >> Wonderful So I’m proud to present to you Rachel George (Applause) >> It is easy to feel lost in a big school As a coffee powered undergrad, I spent my first years at Maryland using other people’s choices as the model for my own Though I have always had a love for social justice, in college, I chose to focus on my interests in marketing and design Towards the end of my junior year, I was on the way to landing a business internship until I came across a summer position in Ecuador, working for a nonprofit Suddenly, I was conflicted Ecuador had little to do with my career plans at the time, but I could not get it out of my mind Time was flying, deadlines were looming and I did what any independent college adult would do I called my parents (Laughter) I remember being on that phone call, nearly in tears over the frustration of feeling that I was choosing between what I should do and what I wanted to do I kept hashing over the pros and cons, driving myself further and further from a decision, until my father cut me off Sweetheart, he said, you have to go with your passion In that simplicity, I knew my choice I spent that summer in Ecuador, a hemisphere away from home, speaking Spanish, eating guinea pig and giving eye exams in rural villages I worked alongside Camillo, a 27 year old Venezuelan man whose teenaged sister had been murdered, whose family had survived five kidnappings Whose father had faced off with an armed gang Camillo is the only one of his family who has been able to leave Venezuela The rest of them are still there and talks to them every day At this moment, Camillo is in the Dominican Republic, working to create financial opportunities for small communities, he cannot return back home but he’s committed to fighting the poverty and the violence that he knew himself growing up Committed to making a difference, no matter where he lives At this point, you are probably expecting me to say that Ecuador changed my life, but

the reality is I was only there for two months As soon as I stepped off the plane on US soil, I could feel myself slipping back into my comfort zone By the time a week had passed, I stopped rushing through any showers so as to save the heat and the water It terrifies me that I could so quickly become comfortable with comfort and that’s when I began to realize that leaving my comfort zone just once means very little For many of us, our life thus far has been one defined by linear, either/or choices Grade school, high school, work, college Now we are here, graduating and there isn’t a clear next step This class of 7,000 is taking 7,000 different next steps And we have some choices of our own to make There will be times when we have to decide whether to rock the boat In those times, will we choose to stay comfortable in what we know or will we choose to stand for what we care about? Something that makes us feel uncomfortable, agitated, passionate Will we choose to be complacent or will we choose to act on the problems threatening our family, our society, our country, our world? I have spent the last four years continually impressed in the talent in the people around me I have seen that this group of a few thousand people has the power to affect millions But what we have done so far is just the beginning compared to what we will do Whether we become activists, fighting for criminal justice reform, advocates spreading awareness for mental health, engineers designing systems for renewable energy, teachers working long hours for our students, or just people who make the effort to be kind and thoughtful to every person that we meet We become those people through the everyday choices that we make We become those people by choosing to be uncomfortable, choosing to define norms and choosing to think about who we are, and how we treat the people in our lives That is how we will actually make America great again! (Cheers and Applause) That is how we will make the world great I would like to close with one last story of my dad My dad never hesitates to share his wisdom Growing up, my siblings and I would hear, respect your mother Stay off the grass Don’t be on your cell phone while you cross the street Always keep your receipts for tax time (Laughter) And this… the world should be a better place because you were in it I want my father’s mantra to be my own I want to live up to the reputation of the University of Maryland as producing graduates would cause ripples, disrupt industries and challenge conventions People who change their world for the better, in both big and small ways The world is a better place because people, like Camillo are in it The world should be a better place because we are in it Thank you (Cheers and Applause) >> Thank you, Rachel For you, I will break all the rules and you can talk for as long as you want (Laughter) Your energy and your spirit uplifts us all Now I have the pleasure of introducing a musical selection, “Shenandoah” by Frank Ticheli, Performed by the University of Maryland Wind Ensemble and conducted by Dr. Anthony Rivera, who is graduating this semester with a Doctor in Musical Arts

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>> Thank you, Maryland Wind Ensemble for that beautiful performance of “Shenandoah.” We are indeed very fortunate at this university to have such talented artists, student musicians You greatly enrich the cultural life of our community We are a little bit less than halfway through Maybe a little bit more than halfway through our program And I want to do something I have never done before That’s because the Dean of our school of Public Health, Jane Clark (Cheers) She told me the other day, she said, sitting is the new smoking! You have been sitting now for about an hour I think you should get up and shake it up a bit Because, you know, it’s not good to sit for so long That’s what Jane Clark says Is that correct? >> That’s correct >> That’s her specialty So may I just suggest that everybody get up Everybody The platform party, the students, people in the stands All right I think let’s all do this together Everybody take one step to the left To your left Now take one step to your right Very good Now you may sit down (Laughter) I’m sure you all feel better But I also want you to be able to go back home and say tell your friends and your families that you came to University of Maryland Commencement Exercises (Laughter) You heard the president of the university and he moved you (Applause) Actually, that was a warmup for main part of our commencement program, and that is the introduction of our commencement speaker And for that, I call Brenda Shah to the podium Brenda, you are majoring in? >> Neuro biology and physiology >> Very well And you will introduce Kevin Plank? >> Yes Hi, everyone So as a very proud Baltimore native, it gives me such pleasure to introduce Kevin Plank From the self proclaim sweatiest guy on the football field to the founder and CEO of Under Armour, Kevin Plank has shown how much an entrepreneur can accomplish Back when he was captain of the Terps special teams, he saw seven teammates being rushed to the emergency room for severe dehydration He knew there had to be better athletic apparel

The result was the revolutionary form fitting sports wear that wicks away sweat and helps to regulate your body temperature Success took time, though, but after 20 years, Under Armour has become an international brand generating $5 billion in revenue just this year alone, which I think is very impressive (Applause) In the process, Kevin Plank changed the way athletes dress, including the Terps, whose uniforms he designed Kevin’s commitment and service to his alma mater transcends athletics To inspire the next generation of business creativity and innovation, he supports activities at the Robert H. Smith School of Business His Cupid’s Cup competition has grown to national scale and helped launch promising new firms He has also become the leading private contributor to the renovation of Cole Fieldhouse It will house major research, our Academy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and advanced athletic facilities In Baltimore, Kevin plays an active role in the business and community life Serving on major community boards and supporting a wide variety of philanthropies I could sit here all day listing them His work has made both Baltimore and the University of Maryland better places He makes me proud to call both my home So there’s a video we have (Applause) Please join me in welcoming the 2016 University of Maryland commencement Speaker, Mr. Kevin Plank (Applause) >> Wonderful, Brenda Thank you Thank you very, very much So President Loh, I mean this is a show It’s well done Our faculty, staff, honored guests, alumni, parents, students, coaches, family and friends, and especially, to you, the 2016 graduating class of the University of Maryland On behalf of all of us, I want to say congratulations and I want to say thank you Thank you for this incredible honor to be here with you on this day, as you head into truly the most exciting phase of your life I’m just like you And as always, I will be an extremely proud graduate of this university Way to go, 2016! (Cheers and Applause) You know, coming back here after 20 years, because it was 1996 when I graduated This is definitely one of those pinch me moments Wallace, not ’66 This is one of those moments when you get to come back and do something great, and to share it with so many Terps, I’m just so proud and so appreciative and I want to thank all of you for that opportunity because my time here at Maryland was special! And unlike most of you graduating today, I loved this university so much, I actually spent five years here getting through (Laughter) It was 20 years ago I was the one sitting where you are today, wearing my cap and gown, fidgeting in my seat only half listening to the commencement address that was delivered

by someone who is today running for president A small hint for that It was the candidate who does not use the word “huge” in conversation It was Hillary Clinton (Laughter) I was 23 years old I thought I knew it all So, yeah, I get it You are sitting there and wondering what am I going to learn from this guy? The last thing I want to be here today for you is yet another grownup telling you that I’ve got it all figured out because I can promise you and let me be clear here I don’t and I certainly don’t by a long shot And if the last 20 years has taught me one thing, it’s how little I actually do know Because of how much I know is out there still for all of us to go learn But I’m going to ask you for this, but your phones away or at least put them on camera mode and just give me about 16 more minutes and I will get through and get you guys to your diplomas and your degrees Because I want to tell you one thing I want to leave you with one message today because when people are asking me if I remember my commencement speaker, I absolutely do, but do I remember the message? I don’t So today, we are going to hammer that home And in that time passing, 20 years ago having been a college student, I have done a number of different things I graduated where you sit today I have been the founder of a start up company Eventually the CEO of a public company that just happened to be the baddest sports brand on the planet, just saying! (Cheers and Applause) But what I want to talk about today is a single word, but it’s more than that, really It’s an entity It’s a force What I want to talk to you about today is one very simple word It’s “passion.” It’s passion! It’s passion! 20 years ago, I was a UMD graduate with an idea that I had hatched as a student being right here in College Park That idea was for a totally different kind of a T shirt, one that was stretchy, light, tight, and resistant to sweat At the time, of course, I had not one bit of experience in the sporting goods world, let alone the manufacturing world I had only a tiny bit of money and there were certainly no investors or banks lining up to give me theirs I had no business plan and I maxed out five credit cards My father had actually passed away while I was a student here at the University of Maryland during my sophomore year I had no specific mentor, no one to show me how it was done There was no roadmap for me The one thing I did have, I had passion And passion made that idea for that T shirt become a reality And the first year of Under Armour, I worked alone Nearly 24 hours a day, focused and wildly obsessed with my passion to build a better T shirt for football players It wasn’t long after starting when I realized that baseball and lacrosse players too loved this shirt Then soon it was the girlfriends and the lacrosse players who played on women’s team showed me that my company, my brand and my passion was not limited to any one sport, let alone any one gender Just three years into Under Armour, having set up shop in my grandmother’s old home in a Georgetown row house basement to start, and then having moved my company to Baltimore, convincing two partners to join me, one of which was also a former Terp, and the three of us worked basically seven days a week from early in the morning until late at night Those first couple of years, I personally drove in my car up and down and back and forth across the country and my windshield cracked Ford Explorer, more than or at least 100,000, which is the equivalent of driving around the world four times to meet with former teammates from high school, my prep school or college, that were now playing in the NFL Up to meet their equipment managers or those NFL collegiate teams that I knew The teams to try to get them to actually take my product and to hold a shirt in their hands with the hope that they maybe might take a shot They might just give me a chance My partners and I made these shirts effectively ourselves We heat pressed the logos and packed boxes and shipped them and the first catalogue, I made the mistake of posting that we were open 24 hours a day! (Laughter) True story So we sometimes took orders at 3 a.m A memory that my girlfriend at the time who is, of course, a Maryland Terpin and now my wife could never forget Writing orders from California on the back of a magazine because there wasn’t a decent pad of paper next to the bed at grandma’s house in Georgetown, looking back on, that

I think man, how focused I was on my business But also how sad it is that my wife’s chief memory of our 20s at 3 a.m. was writing orders for small stretchy T shirts (Laughter) But we did all of this because we were passionate about what we did Passionate! Passionate about the product and ultimately knew that that passion is what would possibly turn our one basic shirt into the possibility and power of becoming a brand But that meant perfecting the product, perfecting it, making one great shirt over and over and over and over again Truly perfecting it In fact, for the first five years, we made and refined that first product dozens of times Making it perfect before we simply went on to the next one We had focus And it was our focus that helped establish Under Armour as a brand We believe we could help athletes perform better I like to think that our passion showed through to others, and that it was the reason that people took a chance on us and bought the shirts Passion is the reason that the dorm room idea became a company and at least equally as important, ultimately became a brand called Under Armour Now, I want to make one thing clear Passion is not emotion And please don’t confuse the two Emotions control us But we control passion Passion is not a hashtag It’s defined by conviction Passion is the single most important thing you can have in your life going forward Passion for your religion Passion for your family and friends Passion for your country and beliefs Passion for your career or your job It doesn’t matter what you majored, in business, theater, English, chemistry, environmental studies, you will need passion for whatever you decide you are going to do next, 2016 Passion is everything in spirit, in life, and in business, it comes first Passion just always comes first So what does it mean to have passion? I’ve got a few thoughts for you Passion means finding a way You’ve come from all over the world to this amazing university to pursue your dreams Maybe you came here because you wanted to be a doctor or a businessperson or a writer or a movie maker or a lawyer I came here, like you, but my vision was being a student athlete Coming out of high school, my dream was to play football in college I had a few problems, though I was undersized and not quite so fast And not one of the 107 division I teams in the country offered me a dollarship I could attend some of the best schools as a walk on, meaning you paid your way and earned your way on to the team, let alone a scholarship, I made a critical decision that this is where I wanted to plant my roots and attend college Do you remember that decision point, class of 2016? Do you remember that moment when you decided I’m going to Maryland? When you finally said, yes, that was it I decided to come here I decided to come to Maryland because it was perfect for me It balanced my love of sport with my love of learning, with my love of home So I came home I came to Maryland! Now, as an athlete, when I got here, it didn’t take too long for me to realize that I was surrounded by players who were much more physically talented than I was I played running back in high school, but the guys at this level were like, really, really good! So I then committed fully my goal of getting on the field and earning a scholarship Going through every drill in practice as if my hair was on fire, living life for the recognition of things like scout team player of the week lifting extra weights and being a good person in the locker room to my teammates and the staff that supported it It was in that locker room when I realized these giant fast people around me, who also played these real positions like linebacker and running back that I played in high school was going to be a real stretch for me So I focused on something called special teams Now, in truth, Coach Durkin will tell you this, no one really wants to play special teams It’s what you are left with when you don’t exactly make the offense or defense I effectively made the team by becoming the wedge buster on kickoff coverage It wasn’t very glamorous and I was not exactly a star but I had to find a way on to that field, some way, some how, because it was my passion to be on that field and that was all that mattered to me I wound up playing 43 games for the Terps I earned a scholarship after my second year and ultimately became the captain of the special

teams my senior year That experience truly stamped me for life At some point in your life, no matter what you do, you are going to find yourself in a similar position, I guarantee it You are going to be surrounded by people who are smarter or faster than you are, have more experience than you do, more money, and at that moment, you too are going to have to simply find a way And you will have to do it with passion Your own will to somehow find a way will define you It will define you one way or another Passion also means being entrepreneurial in anything that you do There’s nothing worse than somebody or something being described as disruptive or a game changer or the uber of Anybody here starting an uber of company right now You heard them These words are so cliche and they don’t have any meaning anymore I think the word “entrepreneur” has also fallen into that deep hole So I would like to try to dig it out today Let’s go back to the original meaning Entrepreneur The word, it literally means a bearer of risk It describes a person who has an idea or ideas and it ready and willing to take the risk of acting on them I think one of the most important things that you can do now at the start of this newest, greatest chapter in your life, is to recognize that you are an entrepreneur Because well, you are You just are We all have ideas We all are the authors of our own stories We can all make ourselves better We can all make those around us better We all take risks Think about it No matter what you choose to do in life, do you start your own company if you go to work for a company, if you go to work for someone else, if you go to law school and become a doctor, a nurse, a veterinarian, a social worker, a teacher, the principles of entrepreneurship are already in place with that journey and frankly if you buy into what I’m saying, I believe they will actually help you succeed It goes even deeper than that Entrepreneurship is not just about your job It’s about your everyday life You may be sitting this right now thinking about how you are going to save up enough money to buy your first car You might be thinking about how you will make that money for that car You might be thinking about how are you going to convince mom and dad tonight at dinner how to buy you that car You may be thinking about asking that guy or girl out on first date You may be thinking about how no get a ride to a party later tonight or something as big as how to get the best deal on your first apartment We face entrepreneurial tasks every single day We face that risk And every time we do, we push for something every time we risk something It’s part of everything we do 20 years ago, I would have said there’s no more idea more fundamentally American than being an entrepreneur So now, 20 years in, and with more or as I said earlier, less information at least that I knew about then, than when I graduated, my perspective has changed Frankly, there’s nothing more global than being an entrepreneur It’s most desired export that we have as a nation, and rightfully so So let’s protect it, but more importantly, let’s go build it! So here’s a golden rule I would like for all of us to follow To be an entrepreneur To be an entrepreneur, you have to support other entrepreneurs 11 years ago, I started a competition here at Maryland with the Dingman Center called Cupid’s Cup to encourage and support student entrepreneurship This year our winner took home a $75,000 first place prize and it’s a UMCP company called Java’s End, who are reinventing a new version of coffee (Cheers) Mixed with tea for a pick me up that tastes good and is better for you than the typical morning Joe But supporting other entrepreneurs can really be as simple as this I love this one You know that lemonade stand that you drive by sometimes where you see the kids in the neighborhood or on the side of the road, here’s my challenge The next time that you see one, whenever you see one, stop Stop whatever you are doing and go directly to it Buy tons of lemonade Talk to the kids Encourage them Ask questions and celebrate them After all, they are just like you! They are entrepreneurs Passion also means seizing your opportunities Here’s another story from my time at Maryland In my first two years as a football player here, I didn’t have a scholarship and I needed

money I worked as a bar, I waited tables, I sole T shirts and bracelets at stoners who came to grateful dead concerts there As no task too small because after all, I needed the money! So when I finally got my scholarship, there was still not enough money to get through just being a regular college kid and NCAA rules prohibited me from taking a job, but there was no rule against starting your own business So in February of my second year, I started Cupid’s Valentine Rose Delivery My first year in business, we sold 100 dozen roses and 250 and then 650 By my senior year, I had a credit card machine and five operators locked in and taking orders, of course, up selling You know for just $10 more, we can put that in a vase (Laughter) I would expanded but probably a little too much that senior year We sold 1,186 dozen roses We grossed over $50,000 in a single day and made $17,000 in profit that frankly could have been more As my goal that year was to expand into DC and the surrounding colleges to actually sell 1500 dozen flowers but lessons learned and I still remember as I watched 3,768 unsold flowers die from missed or unsold deliveries, I realized I shot too far I kept two lessons from that experience with me to this day First, if avoidable, never, ever, deal in live inventory (Laughter) It’s tough to listen to a co ed say they got dumped And second, ensure that everyone, graduates, that you go to work with, can count to 12 (Laughter) I seized every opportunity that I could from the snow shoveling to the bartending, the T shirt selling, the car parking to the rose delivery That’s $17,000 from the rose business became the seed money for Under Armour Literally every single thing I did over those years, while a student, and a few after, are what exactly has led me to standing before you some 20 years later What led to all of that and the reason, again, is passion Passion also means developing and maintaining personal relationships Look around you right now Some of the people here today, they may just well be your friends, but more importantly, they could very well be the resources and the assets that you need to go forward in your life professionally Under Armour was a really good idea to reinvent that T shirt, but little do people know it was more about the network of friends that I had created and that I ultimately ended up reaching out to that went on it play at other sports and other colleges and some professionally My initial goal was as much about accessing the 50 to 60 friends I made through high school, prep school and then here at Maryland that were now playing professionally in the NFL So I sim my asked for their help I sent them each three shirts and said, please try this And if you like it, give one to each guy in the locker next to you And if you want to order more, tell your equipment guy because I can actually charge him money It worked That network of friends that I had from here worked My founding partner at Under Armour who is still with me today, and driving and leading at Under Armour, 19 years in the making is a guy named Kip Faulks who was a lacrosse player And the other was my friend, partner and front Manhattan, better known as Big E or the guy from the protect this house commercials Our first intern at UA, translation, at that time, free labor for college credit Was Tory Hannah, a two time lacrosse all American and four time national champion for the Terps In 2000, a guy named Jamie Bragg, another former Maryland football teammate of mine who is responsible for all the uniforms that get built from the Maryland basketball teams to the pitchers of EPL Jamie had a great job when I called him I think it was actually 1999 He was working at GE, and I wanted him to work at Under Armour My pitch was simple and honest I told him, I want to cut your salary by two thirds, take away your expense account, your

company car and your 401(k) and your health benefits but I promise we are going to have a great time and I really think we can win And then I added, the only thing that I ask is we get to go out for one final dinner on your GE expense account (Laughter) Oh, we did! And then Jamie became the eighth employee at Under Armour And I knew Jamie and I trusted him He put his trust in me I remember when he told his mother that he was taking this job, she said to him that he was crazy to leave GE for Armor All Everything happens for a reason Passion also means not embracing failure I was at a conference recently with some Silicon Valley start up types At one point in the conference, they began talking about how much money their companies were actually losing They were almost bragging about it and laughing and somehow they got the audience to go along with it and everybody was laughing and chuckling I remember sitting there thinking to myself, this just isn’t right Somewhere along the line, the society became okay to fail often I’m just telling you it’s not okay Losing money is a habit and so is making money and I say that not in some greedy, capitalistic way I say it because making money creates jobs It pays for your kids’ college tuition It pays for your retirement It pays taxes that help the poor and educate our youth It allows to you give back and, yes, you can learn valuable life lessons from success So use your passion to go win your first job Then go win your next job You let the other gal or guy, let them go lose their company You go win for yours As one of my directors once told me (Applause) As one of my directors once told me, no one has ever won a horse race by yelling “whoa!” (Laughter) Come on, 16 You’ve gotta go! And finally, passion means embracing the role of the underdog People often ask me what our secret sauce is when it comes to selecting our athletes We have had a good run lately It’s really fairly simple We look for people who are like us Under Armour athletes, they all share some very common traits Each and every one of them are better people than they are athletes And they also believed in themselves, even when no one else did They were once big underdogs and they never, ever forget that and they will always think of themselves that way Four years ago, we had a pretty epic signing year We signed three underdogs in mar, that frankly no one in this room probably ever heard of before And recently they have all begun to make a bit of noise The first was a golfer from the University of Texas, he had a pretty good career as an amateur, and we rushed to sign him And just months after we did, he failed to qualify for the PGA tour But his belief in his himself never, ever, wavered He worked himself on to the tour through a few sponsor exceptions and won the first PGA tournament at 19 years old, a record that had stood for over 17 years and just last year he won the Master and the US Open The second began her career as a little girl with a big dream It didn’t come easily She moved constantly as a young girl and lived with her mother in a motel for two years as she grinded day in and day out to make her dream come true She got an invite to New York City and seized the opportunity When she got there, though, she was told that ballerinas didn’t look like her But she persisted anyway Last year against all odds, she became the first African American woman to be promoted to the American ballet theater’s principal dancer role in that company’s 75 year history (Applause) The third athlete was a basketball player God, who am I thinking of who am I thinking of? Who coming out of high school was shunned by his father’s alma mater because he was deemed too short When they declared for the NBA draft, too short, too slight Last year this guy won the NBA’s MVP award and lead them to the NBA championship He won the NBA’s MVP again, unanimously breaking a record or a record that has stood, that’s

never happened before He’s been credited with transforming the game of basketball and I think, ladies and gentlemen, he’s doing more than that Jordan Spieth, Misty Copeland and Stephen Curry represent the essence and the spirit of Under Armour (Applause) They embody passion And, yes, even with all of their success, they each and every one of them still see themselves as underdogs But differently than maybe the way others think of them Underdogs who never, ever, ever, ever, ever stopped believing in themselves So to the University of Maryland class of 2016, I’m going to leave you with this You are going to be told things like that you are entering an uncertain world, that jobs are scarce and there’s little opportunity that you will obtain the jobs There are ominous threats overseas and civil unrest here at home, but let me leave you with this Ignore the noise Have faith in yourself Recognize that you are an entrepreneur And go buy some lemonade! Go buy lots of lemonade Go out in the world and make it a better place Go make yourselves proud Go make yourselves proud And in doing that, you are going to go make us proud Let your passion lead the way for all of it Congratulations to you all Thank you all very, very much God bless America and go Terps! (Cheers and Applause) >> Thank you, so much, Mr. Kevin Plank for that inspirational speech I would like to welcome President Loh so we could give you a little memento to thank you and help you remember this occasion (Cheers and Applause) >> Thank you very much Thank you So President Loh has a very good tradition of taking a selfie with the commencement speaker as well So could we welcome you back to the stage for a selfie? >> What are you doing >> Okay >> We will get everyone in it One, two, three Good? >> We got it >> Thank you! >> Thank you (Applause) >> Kevin, thank you for that incredible speech, that amazing commencement speech that we will not forget about passion (Applause) And thank you, Brenda, for taking that selfie Now what are you going to do it? >> I’m sending it to you >> Well, tweet it Tweet it out right now and then I will retweet yours And now I would like to call on Wanda Alexander, President of the University of Maryland Alumni Association to welcome ow graduates to the alumni association (Applause) >> All right, Kevin Thank you for making this a little difficult That was absolutely fabulous Thank you so much So now I can stand here and say to my fellow passion filled entrepreneurs who are getting ready to go out and change the world, congratulations! (Cheers and Applause) It is truly an honor for me to stand here and officially welcome you, each and every

one of you, to the alumni association at the University of Maryland College Park And as I sit here and look out over this crowd and I look at my new best friends from the class of 1966 and I look at my new best friends from the class of 2016, and I have never seen a more beautiful bridge in my life (Applause) It’s hard to follow Kevin’s words because they were so they were just the basis of truth is what I know to be the truth in my own life, but beginning today, I want to add to what he said and let you know for the rest of your life, you are going to be a part of an amazing network of powerful, eclectic, life changing, fun and hard working alumni We are more than 340,000 strong, passion filled Terps (Cheers and Applause) Many of these Terrapins that I’m speaking of and many of them you know, many of them are you, have risen to the highest levels of their industries, launched hugely successful companies, and made groundbreaking discoveries Some recent example, we have a veteran movie producer and alumna Stacey Sher, who has spent more than two decades working with notable directors on acclaimed films, including “Erin Brockovich,” “Pulp Fiction,” “Django Unchained” and I didn’t see it So I might have messed up that And most recently “The Hateful Eight” by Quentin Tarantino We have former Terp basketball stars Lynetta Kizer and Marissa Coleman who went to the WNBA finals this past October as members of the Indiana Fever Coleman in her seventh season as a pro was named a 2015 All Star And lawyer and alumnus Jim Clifford who swam across the English Channel last September, making him, are you ready for it, at age 63, the oldest male to complete the triple crown of completing that feat Circling Manhattan Island and crossing from Catalina Island to Long Beach, California Talk about passion! (Applause) Stacy, Lynetta, Marissa and Jim Kevin, Wanda, are just a few of examples of the University of Maryland Alumni who are living up to our fearless legacy Trust me when I tell you this Listen carefully, you too will won day leave a path of greatness for others to follow Class of 1966, class of 2016, evidence Your single first step to such a lasting contribution is becoming a member of the University of Maryland alumni association We are here to help you We are here to serve you And we will help you by staying active through tailgates, performances, happy hours, happy hours, happy hours (Laughter) career networking events Stay connected with Maryland and all of these friends I still have friends that I cultivated friendships I cultivated on this campus You will too We will help you stay connected with all the friends you have made on this campus through your membership and we will keep you informed through social media did you tweet that picture yet? Okay And alumni publications like “Terp Magazine.” So I want to make an agreement with you today, if you don’t mind As you leave here, promise to display your degree proudly and continue the tradition of demonstrating to the world the high quality education it represents And I promise you that in turn Maryland will tip to make you proud to be a Terp So stop by our alumni association hospitality tent over the next couple of days and have that great photo taken with the Testudo statue and rub his nose as you move on to the next season of your life And no matter where you go in life, show up as you, boo, and stay fearless! Congratulations! (Cheers and Applause)

>> Thank you, Wanda, and thank you for your service in leading the 340,000 graduates of this university The late Supreme Court justice, Thurgood Marshall said that none of us got to where we are solely by pulling ourselves up by our boot straps You graduates are talented and dedicated You have worked hard We are proud of you! But talented and dedicated as you are, nobody is entirely self made Somebody bent down, helped you put on your boots, taught you how to tie your boots and because of that person or persons, parents, relatives, friends, spouses, because of one or more of them, you are here today So this is what I would like you to do what I would like to ask you to do We will have to choreograph this First, we are going to have the parents and the families don’t do this yet but have them stand up Secondly, after they have all stood up, I want the graduates to stand up, turn around and face them and cheer, and thirdly, while that is going on while you are graduating are cheering, the band will play a salute Will the parents and family and friends please stand up (Cheers and Applause) Will the graduates please stand up and salute them (Cheers and Applause) ¶ Thank you You may be seated We come now to the moment you have been waiting for, when the deans of the respective colleges will recognize you for the presentation of the degrees And I’m going to ask each dean to step forward, one at a time, and introduce herself or himself, and introduce their college with their usual flair, exuberance as befits the occasion And, of course, I invite the graduates to stand up and cheer when your college is announced >> Dr. Loh thank you Will the students in the College of Agriculture and Natural resources please stand I am Dean Craig Beyrouty >> I’m honored to represent our faculty and staff on this stage today I would say that up west proudest moments that I ever had was when I was offered a position here at the University of Maryland, probably one of the greatest regrets that I have is that I never graduated from the University of Maryland So students, this is truly a privilege Students, you are graduating from an institution chartered 160 years ago, originally named the Maryland Agriculture College May not know this but the University of Maryland at College Park is a proud member of an elite system of institutions found nowhere else in the world, the land grant system, where the world’s brightest minds have assembled to prepare each of you for an exciting and impactful career Our college couldn’t be more proud of you, our graduates, who have dedicated your lives to eliminate hunger, to protect and conserve our natural resources and to ensure that we have a roof over our heads, clothes on our backs and food in our stomachs There’s no nobler profession than the ones you have chosen, graduates Congratulations to our newest college of alums and go Terps! (Cheers and Applause) >> Good evening

I’m David Kronrath, the Dean of the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation And it gives me great pleasure to introduce you to the people who will man the communities that you will live in, who will build the buildings that you will inhabit and they will be beautiful! That will make sure that heritage is protected so that there is continuity through time, where you live, and last but not least, they will finance the whole thing for you (Laughter) Ladies and gentlemen, the graduates of the school of architecture, planning and preservation! (Cheers and Applause) >> Good evening I’m Bonnie Thornton Dill I’m a professor of women studies and the proud dean of the college of arts and humanities (Cheers and Applause) Affectionately known as ARHU ARHU students know what it means to embrace risk They had the courage to follow their passions, to study the things that are the most important and compelling questions of human kind They have they are therefore prepared to go out into the world because they have the skills and the talents that employers seek in the 21st century They write well They read critically, they listen actively They communicate effectively and they think and act creatively They are culturally aware and linguistically adept They are world wise and because of all of these wonderful things, 95% of last year’s graduates were placed in jobs, graduate school, service programs or started their own business Graduates have a lot to be proud of So if you are ARHU, please stand and cheer your successes (Cheers and Applause) All right! All right! >> My name is Gregory Ball, and I’m proud to be the dean of the college of behavioral and social sciences at the University of Maryland College Park (Cheers and Applause) Over 50 years ago, in 1963, president Kennedy gave a commencement in address in which he pointed out that the most serious problems facing our society today are made by humans, so we better damn will fix them! The college of behavioral and social sciences studies these human produced problems, whether it’s economic, political, social, geographic, psychological or ethnic in nature Our graduates are ready now to go out and solve these problems We want to be the solution And so I say to my graduates, please stand and be recognized Congratulations! (Cheers and Applause) >> I’m Alex Triantis, the proud dean of the Robert H Smith School of Business Would the graduates please rise (Cheers) As Kevin Plank told you, 20 years ago he was sitting right where you are sitting Technically speaking, he was not here He was in Cold Fieldhouse and he got a little distracted during the ceremony and he thought, some day I can do something really interesting with this place (Laughter) Usually I tell the graduates I encourage them to be fearless leaders who will go out with an entrepreneurial spirit, a global mind set, all the skills that we have taught you to solve difficult business problems, and to do so with integrity and, of course, passion This time I will keep it pretty simple and just say, go beat Kevin Plank! (Cheers and Applause)

>> I’m Robert Infantino, associate dean of our largest college Will the college of computer, mathematical and natural sciences please stand (Cheers and Applause) Dean Banovar and are so proud of those standing before you Of the scientists that will change your world They will improve human health and save lives They will improve our understanding and stewardship of the physical world, planet earth and the universe, and they will create the innovative technologies of our future Congratulations, graduates (Cheers and Applause) >> Good evening, everyone I’m Donna Wiseman, the dean of the college of education and I am (Cheers) D. listen, I’m so proud of our graduates who teach, who lead, who counsel, and research in our schools, in our universities and in our communities You know what, our graduates are fearless in promoting learning, teaching, and social and emotional development that will help children, youth, and adults in our communities and our society perform at the highest level possible So come on, grads, will the 2016 spring graduates of the college of education stand up and be congratulated and recognized (Cheers and Applause) >> I am Dean Darryll Pines of the A James Clark School of Engineering Will the graduates please rise (Cheers and Applause) Dr. Loh and Mr. Plank, these engineers have passion and they are fearless They will be the ones that will bring you clean energy They will bring you wearable devices for Under Armour’s next generation of gear They will solve and solve health by building biomedical devices and finally Coach Durkin, they will provide gloves with super sticky hands so that you can grip the football In the words of late Jim Clark, he would say to you, err engineers and we have passion and we must solve today’s problems for the people of tomorrow Congratulations, Terps and let’s go get ’em! (Cheers and Applause) (Cheers and Applause) I’m Jane Clark and I’m the proud dean of the school of public health (Cheers and Applause) Will our graduates stand I present to you the graduates noisy our graduates will work with all the graduates from our other wonderful colleges, from ag to engineering, from education to public policy, from the high school to journalism, from science to business, to behavioral and social sciences and, of course our graduates Engage those in the arts and humanity and architecture and design because if we, as public health professionals want to achieve our goal of a healthy people on a healthy planet, then we need all of our graduates to help us So will the they are standing already, right? I can’t see you And Wallace stole my punchline But I want to just being a compulsive double underliner, I want to make this point again This is brought to you by the it’s a public health service announcement, sitting is the new smoking However, I want to tell you a 4 year old’s interpretation of that The 4 year old having heard that said… you’ll get by watching television, you’ll get lung cancer Think about it Well, he got parts TV right He understood sitting was sedentary and he got the fact that smoking caused lung cancer He just sort of missed the part about being physically active

So I again applaud you all, the students in the school of public health (Cheers and Applause) >> I’m Brian Butler, the proud dean of the college of information studies Will the graduates from the college of information studies please rise While small in number, you will find in this group some of the greatest risk takers and the most audacious people you will ever meet They believe, as archivists that they can create information resources in institutions that will last decades and centuries and set the tone and the kinds of history that we can learn in the future They believe that providing books and resources for children in under privileged or under resourced communities that they can change the direction of their lives They believe that by using technology and information the people in the back office can shift the direction of businesses, making things possible that other people can’t even imagine, and they believe with things as mundane as a smartphone or an iPad, or innocuous rift, that you can make information available for not just those in the room who have full physical capabilities but for everyone I give you to the proud graduates of college of information studies at the University of Maryland (Cheers and Applause) >> Good evening I’m Lucy Dalglish, the proud dean of the Philip Merrill college of journalism Thank you for following directions The graduates are thorough, creative reporters and have cutting edge digital skills They have strong ethical compasses They think on their feet and they meet deadlines And they have already covered conventions and elections, urban health disparities, clean water initiatives, the criminal justice system, human trafficking, legalization of marijuana and a host of other topics Our graduates are entering the journalism profession with the experience and wherewithal to provide all of us with the information we need to make decisions about who will lead us, how our tax dollars will be spent, and how we are all going to live together in a vibrant multicultural society Will Merrill college’s class of 2016 please stand and be recognized (Cheers and Applause) >> Good evening I am Bob Orr, the very proud dean of the school of public policy Will the candidates for the school of public policy please stand and be recognized (Cheers and Applause) These students before you have themselves helped to negotiate an historic global climate change agreement These students have also advised governments and nonprofits from Prince George’s county, to Washington, to New Delhi, to Beijing These graduates have founded new social ventures to end hunger and stop human trafficking These graduates have worked to help refugees and present and prevent a nuclear arms race in the Middle East and that’s all before they graduated And now, they go into the world to find more solutions and to scale them to match the needs They will not only do well They will do good Congratulations, policy Terps! (Applause) >> Good evening I’m Charles Caramello and I’m the dean of the graduate school Before I say something about graduate students, let me congratulate all of the undergraduates here on your achievement (Applause) The University of Maryland is both a research one university and a land grant university And that means at least two things First, it means that we have as our signature degree the Ph.D., the doctor of philosophy

It is the degree that is about creating new knowledge and creating the next generation of knowledge producers It also means that we offer many professional master’s degrees and doctorate degrees, whose purpose is to apply knowledge for the betterment of the world and for the creation of the next generation of leaders So first, would all the students receiving doctorates in all of the disciplines please stand (Cheers and Applause) And now, would all the students receiving master’s degrees please join them (Cheers and Applause) Thank you >> Gene, I’m William Cohen, dean for undergraduate studies The office of undergrad studies has programs that reach almost every student We oversee the honors colleges, the academic achievement programs, letters and sciences and many other programs that extend across the whole campus, including the general education program through which all undergraduates take classes in a variety of subjects Today we recognize those graduates for whom the 90 majors offered at this university did not suffice These fearless students designed their own rigorous interdisciplinary majors in the individual studies program Would the passionate bachelor degree recipients in individual studies majors please rise to be recognized (Cheers and Applause) >> Good evening My name is Gary White I’m the associate dean of the university libraries We are fortunate at the University of Maryland to have one of the largest and best research library systems in the country Would all of the graduates tonight who have ever used the library please stand and be recognized (Cheers and Applause) >> I am delighted to see that no graduate was seated (Laughter) Well, thank you, deans, we are really blessed with extraordinary deans at this university They are the front lines of education and research and innovation And so now, the moment has arrived The moment when you are officially authorized to receive your degrees So let me just take a couple of minutes to explain what these diplomas mean And perhaps this is primarily for the benefit of, you know, family and friends who here So this is what these diplomas mean When you were in high school, and you thought that there was that you knew everything that there was to know, your high school gave you a diploma Then you came to college And sometime during the time that you were here in college, you realized that you know very little, that there’s so much more you need to learn When that realization dawned upon you, that is when you have the right to earn a bachelor’s degree Now, if you decide to hang in hang around a little bit longer and go to graduate school, and then some day it will dawn upon you that not only you know very little, but your professors also know very little (Laughter) That is when the university bestows upon you the Ph.D. degree (Laughter)

Because after all, what is education but the progressive discovery of our own ignorance As the Poet Yates said, education is not about the filling of a pail, filling it with facts and knowledge, and figures Education is about lighting a flame It’s igniting a passion for learning that will last you a lifetime and if we have done our jobs, as teachers, because we are in the immortality business, you will be a student for life So with that as background, the two senior officials of this university will officially authorize the awarding of your degrees It is the provost and the president Now, before the provost stands up, who is seated there, how many of you know what a provost is? I don’t see any hands going up Well, so let me just take half hey minute to explain The provost is the chief academic officer The second in command at this university Now, why why is that position called “provost”? So if you look into the history of that word in the English language, did you know that the first time the word “provost” appears in the English language, it was used by Shakespeare in 1600? In a may called “Measure for Measure.” And the provost was the chief guardian of the prison (Laughter) So the second in command at the University of Maryland is in effect, the warden of the University of Maryland It tells you something, right? And then, of course, you’ve got the president Most people have no idea what the president does And I remember at an alumni function, this alumnus comes up to me and says, well, so you are in charge of 38,000 students You are in charge of almost 10,000 faculty and staff You are in charge of a budget of almost $2 billion a year So you are, like, the CEO of a large corporation Not as large as Under Armour but well, I had to disabuse that alumnus I said, me in charge of the students or the faculty or the staff? The president is not a CEO The president is more like well, more like the director of a cemetery Lots of people under me, but nobody listens! (Laughter) So to formally present to you is the warden of the university, to be followed by the director of the cemetery (Laughter) >> Well, Mr. President, um, would all the inmates of this prison (Laughter) would are candidates for release please stand (Cheers and Applause) Mr. President, in accordance with the recommendation of the faculties of the schools and colleges and in recognition of the successful completion of all degree requirements, I request that you confer upon these candidates the degrees of Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music Education, Bachelor of Science, Master of Applied Anthropology, Master of Architecture, Master of Arts, Master of Business Administration, Master of Chemical and Life Sciences, Master of Community Planning, Master of Education, Master of Engineering, Master of Engineering and Public Policy, Master of Finance, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Health Administration, Master of Historic Preservation, Master of Information Management, Master of Journalism, Master of Landscape Architecture, Master of Library Science, Master of Music, Master of Professional Studies, Master of Public Health, Master of Public Management, Master of Public Policy, Master of Real Estate Development, Master of Science, Doctor of Audiology,

Doctor of Education, Doctor of Musical Arts and Doctor of Philosophy, Congratulations, University of Maryland graduates of 2016! Go Terps! (Cheers and Applause) Mr. President >> You may be seated I am pleased to accept the faculties’ recommendations Upon the authority Granted by the State of Maryland to the Board of Regents of the University System of Maryland and by the authority the Board has delegated to me, I am thrilled to confirm upon you the candidates the degrees as appropriate in each of your case Please join me in another round of applause for today’s graduates (Cheers and Applause) I would now like to ask all the graduating seniors to come down and lead your classmates in the tradition >> On the count three, we will switch our tassel from the light to the left Can I get a drum roll, please [ Drum roll ] >> All righty One, two, three! (Cheers) >> We have a lot of people here, friends, family members of the graduates I’m just curious in the audience here how many of you graduated from the University of Maryland? If you graduated you would please stand up? (Cheers and Applause) Wow! That’s a lot of Terps here! I would say 25, 30% So what are we going to do with all the others who did not graduate? (Laughter) Well, by authority rested in me by the Board of Regents, I tonight appoint you honorary Terps! (Cheers and Applause) We are all Terps tonight In a few moments, Ms. Davidson and the Maryland Wind Ensemble will lead us in the singing of the alma mater And those words can be found on page 5 of your commencement program But before we begin, I would like to remind you of the words I will read the words I will not sing because just like I’m not good at math or geography, I’m not good at singing either I will read the words of the alma mater, and when I raise my fist in pride and solidarity with you, with all the Terps, when I raise my fist, I want you to yell as loudly as you can so that the walls of Xfinity shake! I want you to yell Maryland! Hail Alma Mater, hail to thee MARYLAND >> I think it can be a little bit louder Stead fast in loyalty We stand for >> Maryland! Love for the black and gold Dep in our hearts we hold >> Maryland! >> Singing thy praise forever throughout >> Maryland! >> Go Terps! Go

>> Maryland! >> Please stand for the singing of the alma mater ¶ Hail, alma mater ¶ ¶ hail to thee, Maryland ¶ ¶ steadfast in loyalty ¶ ¶ for thee we stand ¶ ¶ love for the Black and Gold ¶ ¶ deep in our hearts we hold ¶ ¶ singing thy prize forever ¶ ¶ throughout the land ¶¶ (Cheers and Applause) >> Please be seated Oh We now come to the conclusion of commencement 2016, and I would ask that the audience please remain seated until the faculty and the platform party have recessed And I would like to remind you, of course, that the smaller, more intimate commencements for the various colleges are being held tomorrow and Friday You can check your program for times and locations And these smaller events are really very intimate and I really miss them because this is a chance for the graduates to actually walk across the stage and shake the hand of whoever is presiding at those events, typically a dean And I grow nostalgic for it because once upon a time I was the dean of a law school, and at some alumni event many years later, this graduate comes up to me and says, Dean Loh, do you remember me? I graduated 15 years ago I walked across the stage to shake your hand and get my diploma And you leaned over and you whispered something in my ear that’s been the secret to my success in life Oh So what did I say? (Laughter) Hurry along Hurry along (Laughter) Well, you know, it’s 9:25 I know you want to move along But after the ceremony, I’m going to be at the Pavilion You all know where the Pavilion is It’s somewhere on this first floor That’s where the wrestling team and the football team play Some of you may have been assembling there I will be there I will be there as long as necessary I will be happy, I will be honored to share your hand and take a selfie with you And give you a baby turtle pin if you haven’t received one yet And for the parents and friends who are here, just in case don’t know about this, this little gold Terrapin pin, which costs me about 65 cents to purchase can only be gotten from me You cannot buy it anywhere else So that means that that pin is invaluable That means it’s worth a lot of money! How much is it worth? Well, for those few students and I’m somewhat disappointed at them who have taken that turtle pin and placed it on eBay, it is now going for $18 (Laughter) So if you get one, I beseech you, do not sell it It’s going to be worth much, much more in the years ahead So I would like to conclude by quoting from a saying from Asia

If you want one year of prosperity, invest in rice If you want ten years of prosperity, invest in trees If you want 100 years of prosperity, invest in people We invest in people by providing the education that we provide at the University of Maryland and those of you who follow me on Twitter @Presidentloh, you know that two weeks ago, I invited you to tweet me and describe your experience at University of Maryland in six words or less And I promised you that I will read them to you tonight Now, I got lots and lots We don’t have time to read all of them But there’s about a handful or so I do want to share with you Because it shows why we must invest in people Anita Nejat from Bethesda, this is what she wrote or what she tweeted: I explored I learned I transformed Jessie Carangu, my life and outlook changed forever Alexander Jonessi, black, white, red or white or die >> Ehoney wrote: Wow! My dreams did come true Shradha Sahani The best home away from home Lion Babe Lion Babe tweeted: The place where I found myself Prenay: Fastest four years of my life And finally and I have to conclude with this one from Sarah Blum I know she’s here somewhere in the front row Because she did not make a statement She sent me a question @presidentloh and this was her question to me Why are you making me graduate? (Laughter) So let me conclude by answering your question, Sarah And I will conclude by reciting in part the immortal words of my favorite philosopher, Dr. Seuss who as you know wrote for children of all ages Oh, the places you’ll go! You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away! You have brains in your head You have feet in your shoes You can steer yourself any direction you choose.So now he know what you know and you decide where to go and sadly, it is true, you know, hang ups will happen to you There will be times when you mix up your right foot with your left foot or your right shoe with the left shoe There will be times when your arms are sore and when your sneakers leak But always remember, you are a Terp! (Cheers) That little turtle, the Terrapin that you find all along Chesapeake Bay has, as you know, a very distinctive quality or characteristic That turtle only moves forward

It does not walk backwards And how does a Terrapin move forward? One step at a time, sticking its neck out To be a Terp, is a state of mind It’s an attitude It is as Kevin Plank said, a passion It is all about knowing where want to go, go there with passion, and persevere Never give up Never give in Once step at a time, going forward, sticking your neck out So to Sarah Blum and all of those who may have asked the same question, here’s my answer Will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed 98 and three quarters percent guaranteed You have succeeded already You are a Terp (Cheers and Applause) Today is your day Your mountain is waiting So get on your way God bless you and Godspeed And go Terps! (Cheers and Applause) ¶