SOURCE: University of Maryland, College Park

University of Maryland, College Park

May 10, 2013 14:11 ET

Iron Man Cal Ripken, Jr. to Deliver University of Maryland Commencement Address

UMD 2013 Spring Commencement Ceremony: Media Information

COLLEGE PARK, MD--(Marketwired - May 10, 2013) -

Thousands of University of Maryland students will be joined by family and friends on Sunday, May 19, 2013 to celebrate UMD's spring commencement ceremony. Degrees will be presented to 7,692 graduates, including 5,546 bachelor's candidates, 1,794 master's candidates, and 622 doctoral candidates.

Cal Ripken, Jr., founder of Ripken Baseball, Inc. and the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation and a former Baltimore Oriole, will deliver the commencement address. Born and raised in Maryland, Ripken played shortstop and third base for the Baltimore Orioles for more than two decades. In 1995, Ripken broke Lou Gehrig's Major League record for consecutive games played and became known as the Iron Man of baseball. Since his retirement from the sport, Ripken has focused on using his skills, experience and passion for baseball to help grow the game at the grassroots level.

UMD Senior Raishay Lin will be presented with the University Medal, which is awarded each year to the graduating senior who best exemplifies academic distinction, outstanding character and extracurricular contributions to the university or public communities. Lin, a North Potomac, Md. Native, is an English major, member of the Honors College, and a conversation group leader in the Counseling Center's ESOL program. Following graduation, Lin will pursue a law degree at Harvard University.

Vijay Baharani, also a graduating senior and an electrical engineering major, will deliver the graduating student remarks. Baharani, a native of Gaithersburg, Md., is a Banneker-Key scholar and has been active in the community - serving as a fourth-grade math tutor and mentor with America Reads*America Counts.

Sunday, May 19, 2013 
 1 p.m. 
Procession begins at 12:15 p.m.

Individual college ceremonies will take place on Sunday, May 19 and Monday, May 20 at various times and locations. Click here for details.

Comcast Center 
University of Maryland, College Park
Comcast Center is located on Paint Branch Dr. near the intersection of Paint Branch Dr. and Route 193 (University Blvd.) Click here for directions.

Members of the media may park in Lot FF/9B. Please enter Comcast through the Media Entrance, located on ground level, to the right of the main entrance steps. You must show your media credentials to be admitted into the building.

Live Video Stream:
The University of Maryland's cable TV station UMTV will carry the commencement ceremony LIVE in both Prince George's and Montgomery counties. On campus, you can watch UMTV on channel 38. Comcast customers can watch on Channel 73 in Prince George's County and on Channel 2 in Montgomery County. On Verizon, the event will be on Channel 40 in both counties.

The ceremony will also be streamed live by the University of Maryland. A link can be found at

Risers and a mult box will be available to media. Media check-in will be located on the floor of the arena, in the rear of the graduates' seating area. Only media with proper credentials will be allowed on the floor.

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About the University of Maryland

The University of Maryland is the state's flagship university and one of the nation's preeminent public research universities. Ranked among the top 20 public universities by U.S. News & World Report for 11 straight years, it has 25 undergraduate and graduate programs in the top 10 and 72 in the top 25. The Institute of Higher Education (Jiao Tong University, Shanghai), which ranks the world's top universities based on research, puts Maryland at No. 38 in the world and No. 13 among U.S. public universities. For the fourth consecutive year, the University of Maryland ranked in the top 10 of Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine's list of Best Values in Public Colleges for 2011-12.The university has produced six Nobel laureates, seven Pulitzer Prize winners, more than 40 members of the national academies and scores of Fulbright scholars. The university is recognized for its diversity, with underrepresented students comprising one-third of the student population. For more information about the University of Maryland, visit

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