The 61 University of Maryland Senior Marshals this year — as in years past — represent graduating seniors who have demonstrated the highest levels of scholarship, service to the campus community, extracurricular involvement, and personal growth. Of course, this year has been like no other before it.
Together with Robert Infantino, associate dean of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences at UMD, I have had the privilege to serve alongside student Senior Marshals each year to usher in graduating Terps at main commencement ceremonies. That is, until COVID sidelined both the spring and winter tradition in 2020.
It’s been such an honor to serve alongside these student leaders in the past at this critical point in their journey. The pandemic put a stop to that, but thankfully, we can now say that was just temporary. I am so glad this graduating class will have a chance to experience in-person community again with their peers at this important milestone in their lives.
We congratulate the Class of 2021 for their achievement amid such unprecedented times, but also remember and recognize the Class of 2020 graduates just before them who did not have the same commencement opportunity as we now can, once again. We celebrate the achievement of graduation for all of these Terps!
Marsha Guenzler-Stevens, PhD '93
Director, Adele H. Stamp Student Union — Center for Campus Life
Division of Student Affairs
University of Maryland