Special Inauguration Events

UMBC university seal


The Inauguration of
Valerie Sheares Ashby


We look forward to celebrating with you and your guests at these special events. Please let us know which events you plan to attend by registering using the button below. You are also welcome to contact us at inauguration@umbc.edu or 410-455-2902. Learn more about all of our inauguration celebrations here.

President’s Inauguration Dinner

An Evening Celebrating Leadership and Mentorship

Wednesday, April 26, 2023
6 p.m., The Center Club Baltimore

Join us for an evening celebrating UMBC and President Valerie Sheares Ashby. National higher education and community leaders will reflect on the themes that have defined their leadership journeys, especially the importance of mentoring. We are pleased to host this intimate dinner and conversation at The Center Club, overlooking the city of Baltimore, as we celebrate leadership and a shared vision for UMBC’s exciting next phase.

Installation Ceremony

Thursday, April 27, 2023
1 p.m., Chesapeake Employers Insurance Arena

The UMBC community is invited to the formal installation of Valerie Sheares Ashby. This historic event marks the beginning of UMBC’s next chapter of redefining excellence in higher education through an inclusive culture. Speakers will share more about President Sheares Ashby’s personal and professional journey, our inauguration themes of leadership and mentoring, and the exciting potential for our UMBC community.

All are welcome to join us after the ceremony for a Campus Celebration, 2:30 – 5 p.m., on the Quad.

RSVP for Events

Our full calendar of inauguration events will be shared here.

Information for Visiting Baltimore

UMBC is located only a few miles from the Baltimore Washington International (BWI) Airport and the accompanying Amtrak train station. You can review directions around campus on this page. A list of nearby hotels is available here.

For those attending the Presidential Dinner, we recommend that you stay in a downtown hotel. A courtesy room block is available at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel with a discounted room rate of $209 a night. The hotel is located one block from The Center Club. You may also enjoy staying at other nearby hotels, including the Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor, Sheraton Inner Harbor, or the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court.