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Celebration of Doctoral Graduates

Celebration for PhD Graduates Invite

Fall Celebration of Doctoral Graduates

(Recognizing Summer and Fall 2018 Graduates)

Monday, December 17, 2018, Noon-2 pm
Orem Hall, Riggs Alumni Center


The Graduate School is holding a campus-wide doctoral graduate celebration luncheon to 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 December 2018 doctoral graduates and to celebrate that achievement with the doctoral graduates and deans, associate deans, alumni, faculty, 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.

Our distinguished keynote speaker is Norm Augustine.  

Norm Augustine was the former chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin Corporation. Upon retirement, he joined the faculty of Princeton University. He previously served as chairman and principal officer of the American Red Cross for nine years. He also served as chair of The National Academies' Committee on Prospering in the Global Economy of the 21st Century that produced the report Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future in 2005.

A recipient of the President's National Medal of Technology and the Joint Chiefs of Staff Distinguished Public Service Award, Augustine has a long and distinguished career in the aerospace industry as well as in public service as an Assistant Secretary of the Army, Under Secretary of the Army, and later Acting Secretary of the Army. In addition to numerous corporate and non-profit board memberships, he has served as a trustee of Johns Hopkins University, Princeton University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He holds 33 honorary degrees. 


Registration for this event is required. Please go here to complete the registration page. Please be sure to register for this event by December 10, 2018.  We request that doctoral graduates confirm the attendance and meal selections 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  A full menu is below.



Little Gem Salad
Served with asparagus, roasted red pepper, grilled zucchini and a tarragon vinaigrette


Option 1: Traditional Yellow Curry
This is our vegetarian/vegan option.  It is served with zucchini, squash and basmati rice.

Option 2: Seared Chicken Breast
Herbed chicken au jus and vegetable risotto and fresh seasonal vegetables

Option 3: Herb Crusted Salmon
With lemon buerre blanc and served with vegetable risotto and fresh seasonal vegetables

DESSERT and Beverages

Individual Tiramisu Cake

Refreshmentswater, iced tea, Starbucks Coffee and Assortment of Hot Teas

Doctoral Graduates, please note that 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