UMES 21st Winter Commencement confers 270 degrees

Dec 15, 2017

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. -– The University of Maryland Eastern Shore awarded 270 degrees Friday at its 21st winter commencement exercises.

Among the degree recipients was 54-year-old Roderick Dillard, who became the first graduate student to earn a degree in cybersecurity engineering technology. UMES launched the online degree program in June 2016.

Omolayo Oladimeji of Bowie, Md. delivered the student commentary on behalf of her undergraduate peers. She challenged classmates to embrace altruism in post-college life.

“We must give back – giving back must become more proactive – almost second nature,” she said.

The featured commencement speaker was Dr. Marybeth Gasman, a University of Pennsylvania professor whose research focus is on higher education disparities at historically black colleges and universities as well as institutions that serve other minorities.

Dr. Douglas E. Ruby, a retired natural sciences professor who taught at UMES for 23 years, was awarded “professor emeritus” status. His research specialty was amphibians and reptiles.


Bill Robinson is director of the UMES Office of Public Relations.