College of Information Studies

Watch the University of Maryland College of Information Studies' virtual commencement ceremony celebrating our spring 2021 graduates! #UMDgrad

Keith Marzullo

Dear iSchool graduates,

Congratulations! I’m so proud of each of you for having graduated in this uniquely challenging time. This is a great accomplishment.

This year we have experienced remarkable disruption and uncertainty. We are living through the devastating impact of COVID-19. The long-festering wounds of racial injustice reached a much needed, but challenging, tipping point. We experienced the most polarizing Presidential election of modern times, resulting in the Capitol being stormed. The Northern hemisphere suffered the hottest summer in recorded history. The challenges we faced – and continue to face – are severe. Through this, you, our graduating class, has persevered. 

While troubling, painful and destructive, much of what has happened in the world this past year has also served as a catalyst for positive change – socially, politically, and economically. As we move forward, you, our iSchool graduates, are needed more than ever. You are changemakers with a shared passion to serve and do good. You have a unique understanding of how to apply information and technology to solving problems and improving lives. Many of you will go on to do work that will directly address the challenges of today’s world. Some of you will focus on individuals and others on society. All levels are important. This is a time like no other to dream big and follow those dreams.

This graduation is both an ending and a beginning. Hold fast to your dreams. We’re counting on you.


Keith Marzullo, Dean and Professor
College of Information Studies
University of Maryland

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