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Celebration of Doctoral Graduates



Fall 2019 Celebration of Doctoral Graduates
Wednesday, December 11, 2019, Noon-2 pm
Orem Hall, Riggs Alumni Center
Registration required 

The Graduate School is holding a campus-wide doctoral graduate celebration luncheon to celebrate the accomplishments of doctoral graduates on our campus.  The Graduate School regards doctoral education and doctoral students as among our highest priorities. The global reputation of UMD as a premier research institution depends on the accomplishments of our doctoral students while they are in their academic programs and, especially, following their graduation. The Graduate School wants to honor the summer and fall 2019 doctoral graduates and to celebrate that achievement with the doctoral graduates and deans, associate deans, faculty and staff across campus.

In addition to inviting doctoral graduates, we invite each of them to bring a faculty mentor or advisor and one personal guest to the event. We have retained a professional photographer who, during the event, will take a complimentary picture of each graduate with his or her advisor and guest. The Graduate School will email attendees the full album of photographs approximately 5-10 business days after the event. 

This event is a three course luncheon (see menu below).  Brief remarks will be provided by Steve Fetter, Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate School.  Attendees will then hear from Dr. Laurie Locascio, our distinguished keynote speaker. Dr. Locascio is the Vice President for Research at the University of Maryland. She has extensive experience leading federal research programs and laboratories and building strategic partnerships among universities, industry, and government labs. Locascio previously worked at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), rising from a research biomedical engineer to senior leadership positions, including, most recently, acting principal deputy director and associate director for laboratory programs, providing leadership and operational guidance for NIST's seven scientific and mission-focused laboratories.


Registration for this event is required for all doctoral graduates, guests and their advisors. Please go here ( to fill out the form by December 4, 2019 at 11:59PM EST. We request that doctoral graduates confirm the attendance and meal selections (see menu below) of their mentor/advisor and invited guest BEFORE completing the registration form. If you register and are no longer able to attend, please email the event organizer at by December 4, 2019.  


First Course: Local mixed greens served with cranberries, goat cheese, candied walnuts with balsamic dressing. Rolls and butter will also be served along with iced tea and water.

Second Course: Choice of one of the following entrees

- Traditional yellow curry served with zucchini, squash and basmati rice OR
- Grilled Moroccan chicken breast with cucumber mint sauce served with tri-color quinoa pilaf and roasted roma tomatoes OR
- Herb crusted salmon with a lemon beurre blanc served with tri-color quinoa pilaf and roasted roma tomatoes

Third Course: Brandied cherry cheesecake


Regalia is not required.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact the event organizer at


Contact Information

The Graduate School, University of Maryland

2123 Lee Building
7809 Regents Drive
College Park, MD 20742