Nearly 800 graduates will participate in Bowie State’s Spring 2022 Commencement ceremony in the BSU Bulldog Stadium on Friday, May 20 at 10 a.m.  Graduates from December 2021 who did not participate in the hybrid ceremony are invited to join in Friday’s celebration.  This will be the first fully-in person commencement with family and friends since the fall commencement in December of December 2019.

The commencement speaker is Jacqueline McWilliams Parker, commissioner of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) and the first female to serve in that role in any Division I, II or III conference of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).  McWilliams Parker spent nine years at the NCCA managing national championships to include both the men’s and women’s Division I basketball tournaments.  She started her career in coaching, compliance, and administration at Virginia Union University followed by career growth opportunities at the CIAA, Norfolk State, and Morgan State.

All COVID-19 restrictions have been relaxed for the outdoor ceremony.  Masks will be required at indoor remote viewing locations.  Guests are encouraged to exercise personal responsibility to take precautions for individual health situations.


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