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Inauguration of Darryll J. Pines

April 19-24, 2021

Celebrate the installation of Dr. Darryll J. Pines as the 34th President of the University of Maryland with a week of events showcasing the University of Maryland’s greatness.

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Seemingly insurmountable challenges present us with an opportunity that we must seize. As we begin to plan for a different and more equitable future, the University of Maryland will play a transformative role in tackling the issues facing our global community and work to improve the health and well-being of people in the state of Maryland and around the world.

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Darryll Pines President, University of Maryland

Inauguration Week Schedule

Join us for a week of events celebrating the UMD community and the future we’ll create together.



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The Art of Humanizing Grand Challenges

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Monday, April 19 | 5 p.m.

A moderated panel of arts and humanities experts provide insights on some of today’s Grand Challenges from a historical, cultural and artistic perspective.

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The Life and Legacy of David C. Driskell

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Tuesday, April 20 | 7 p.m.

President Pines joins Driskell Center Director Curlee R. Holton to reflect on the life and legacy of the late artist, scholar, curator and distinguished university professor emeritus.

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Our University of Maryland family is comprised of a strong local, state, national and global community—students, faculty and staff, and a worldwide network of almost 400,000 alumni and friends. With a diverse community working collaboratively toward shared goals, there is no obstacle that cannot be overcome.

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President Pines on Parade

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Wednesday, April 21 | 4 to 6 p.m.

Students, faculty and staff can meet President Pines and Mrs. Sylvia Pines at one of three locations on campus. Take a photo with UMD’s new president, receive a presidential turtle pin and taste the newest Maryland Dairy ice cream flavor, named in his honor.


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Innovate Maryland 2021

Innovate Maryland 2021

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Wednesday, April 21 | 7 p.m.

A celebration of the university's innovators, entrepreneurs, inventors and creatives, this signature event recognizes the transformational impact made by our faculty, students and alumni, including awards for Invention and Startup of the Year.

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I will have two priorities as your president: to promote excellence in everything we do — teaching and learning, research, innovation, the arts, and athletics; and to create an inclusive, multicultural campus environment. These two priorities are closely related; excellence must be rooted in our values because what the University does matters.

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Inauguration Day

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Thursday, April 22

Official Investiture Ceremony | 11 a.m.

Dr. Darryll J. Pines is officially installed as president and shares his vision for UMD.


Moving Maryland Forward: A Celebration of the Inauguration of Darryll J. Pines | 7 p.m.

This evening celebration features a series of Grand Challenges lightning talks, performances and remarks from special guests, including President Pines.


Our community is TerrapinSTRONG. Together is the way, the only way, to succeed.

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Forward With Hope: Never Shall We Forget

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Friday, April 23 | 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

The Forward with Hope program aims to engage the community in meaningful conversation about the impact of the 2017 murder of 1st Lt. Richard W. Collins III. Collins was killed by a University of Maryland student just days before his graduation from Bowie State University. The annual Social Justice Alliance Spring Symposium brings together the Bowie State University and the University of Maryland communities to forge solutions out of tragedy, specifically focused on hate crime legislation and the climate of race relations on college campuses.

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A Celebration of Terps

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Friday, April 23 | 7 p.m.

This annual awards ceremony from the UMD Alumni Association will honor the achievements of six outstanding Terps.

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Maryland Day

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Saturday, April 24 | 10 a.m.

The UMD tradition closes out inauguration festivities. Enjoy a day of learning, fun and discovery—online!

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Inauguration of Darryll J. Pines 34th President of the University of Maryland Inauguration week / April 18–25, 2021

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