Commencement Speaker

Domonique Foxworth ’04

A scholar, athlete and philanthropist, Domonique Foxworth has become as well-known for his actions off the field as his achievements on it during a college and professional football career.

Foxworth graduated in 2004 from Maryland with a degree in American studies and was a standout cornerback for the Terps football team, twice receiving All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors. He was drafted by the Denver Broncos in 2005 and played for seven years in the National Football League with the Broncos, Atlanta Falcons and his hometown Baltimore Ravens.

He was nominated for the 2007 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award for community work such as serving as spokesman for College in Colorado, a nonprofit devoted to increasing enrollment and improving the academic success of low-income students; raising money to build a teen center in the name of a slain teammate; and penning a weekly column for The Denver Post. The columns were later published as a book, with proceeds benefitting a Denver nonprofit.

Foxworth was elected to the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) as a player representative in 2007. He had a crucial role in collective bargaining negotiations in 2011 and helped secure a longer off-season, the elimination of “two-a-day” practices and the creation of a pension resource for former players.

After retirement, Foxworth remained an advocate for his fellow athletes and was elected by his peers to serve as president of the NFLPA in 2012, holding the office for two years. In January, he became chief operating officer of the National Basketball Players Association, running the day-to-day operations of the union.

Foxworth has also made a substantial impact on his alma mater. He and his wife, Ashley Manning Foxworth ’06, made a gift to the College of Arts and Humanities to launch the Foxworth Creative Enterprise Grants initiative. It supports community-based arts and humanities courses that encourage innovation and new solutions for society’s most pressing issues.

Foxworth was born in Oxford, England, and relocated to Maryland when he was in kindergarten. He attended high school and played football at Western Tech in Catonsville, Md.

He was Maryland Student Athlete of the Year in 2005, received the inaugural Tim Wheatley Award from The Baltimore Sun in 2010 and was named a Distinguished Alumnus by the College of Arts and Humanities in 2012. Foxworth, who has just completed an MBA at Harvard Business School, lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and two children, Avery and Declan.
May 21, 2015
Campus-wide Commencement Ceremony, Xfinity Center
8:30 a.m. Doors open
8:45 a.m. Graduates report to Lot 4B by Xfinity Center (no later than)
9:20 a.m. Procession of graduates begins
10:00 a.m. Ceremony begins
May 21 and May 22, 2015
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