Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg will Deliver University of Maryland’s Spring Commencement Address

University of Maryland’s president, Wallace D. Loh, announced Thursday that Michael R. Bloomberg will deliver UMD’s commencement speech on Friday, May 24, 2019 at the Xfinity Center in College Park.

“He is a champion of education,” said president Loh in a statement. “He has a compelling story to share with the thousands of graduates, and their family and friends — one that will resonate on our Do Good campus.”

Michael Bloomberg is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and has served for three terms as New York City’s mayor.

Bloomberg founded his information and technology company, Bloomberg LP, in 1981. It is known for revolutionizing the investment industry. The privately held software company headquarters is in New York City and generates an annual revenue of over nine billion dollars, according to a Forbes report.

Elected in 2001, Bloomberg served as the 108th mayor of New York City. During his terms as mayor, Bloomberg revitalized tourism, pushed for the passage of environmental initiatives, increased high school graduation rates, and reduced the city’s carbon footprint.

He also serves on the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Climate Action and is a co-founder of “America’s Pledge”. According to its website, America’s Pledge is an initiative aimed to “fight climate change, grow the economy, and protect public health” in order to uphold the United States commitment under the Paris Climate Agreement.

“It is an honor to speak at the commencement of one of America’s top public universities – especially one that has been such a leader on sustainability and climate change,” said Bloomberg in a statement. “I have strong ties in Maryland and I look forward to addressing all the Terps on their big day.”


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Jasmine Boyd is a senior, broadcast journalism major at the University of Maryland in College Park. She is currently an intern with Montgomery Community Media and can be reached at and on Twitter @JasmineLBoyd


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