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The Inauguration of
Valerie Sheares Ashby


Full schedule of events coming soon!

Installation Ceremony

Thursday, April 27, 2023
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.

A presidential inauguration is a historic occasion in the life of a university and an opportunity to reflect on its shared mission and values. A longstanding tradition throughout academia, it is the formal induction of a new leader and a celebration of the new president’s installation. At UMBC’s installation ceremony, the University System of Maryland formally endows the president with the powers of the office.

The installation ceremony is open to both our on-campus and off-campus community including all students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends, partners, families, and neighbors.

Tickets are required but free.

Reserve Your Ticket

Faculty who wish to march in the procession should RSVP here. Learn more about the procession in our FAQ.

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