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Congratulations Spring 2021 Graduates!

May 20, 2021 School of Music

Spring 2021 ARHU Commencement inset

An online celebration featuring remarks from our director and a personal message to each graduate.

School of Music Online Celebration

Our faculty members have written special congratulatory messages for each of our graduates to send you off on the next chapter of your lives. All music graduates were given the opportunity to provide a headshot to be featured next to their name. Find your personal graduation message organized alphabetically by degree program:

Congratulations to all of our 2021 music graduates!

ARHU's Virtual Commencement Ceremony

Join ARHU for a virtual commencement ceremony to celebrate the college's graduating students. The ceremony will be available to watch online Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 1 p.m. on This ceremony will feature remarks from Dean Bonnie Thornton Dill, a music student spotlight and the names of all graduates.

UMD's Commencement Ceremonies

The University of Maryland will be holding two campuswide Spring 2021 Commencement Ceremonies in person on Friday, May 21, 2021. In order to accommodate all graduates while practicing safe physical distancing, the ceremonies will be held at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium. Maryland Opera Studio student Öznur Tülüoğlu, who will be graduating with an M.M. in opera, will perform the National Anthem. Both ceremonies will be livestreamed for the community to watch on ARHU graduates, including music graduates, will be celebrated during the first ceremony at 11 a.m.

Share Your Favorite Memories

The university is calling on graduating students to share photos, videos and messages of memories, UMD experiences, the commencement ceremonies and future plans using the hashtags #UMDgrad, #IAmARHU and #HearTheTurtle. Tag us at @TerpsMusic as the School of Music would love to share and retweet your graduation posts!

Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award

 Maggie Johns headshot.

Congratulations to Maggie Johns, our 2021 Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award winner! Johns is a junior B.M. piano student with a 4.0 GPA. She was recommended for the award by her instructor Larissa Dedova, who wrote:

"Maggie is just amazing. She is a rare, exquisite talent, incredibly profound, creative musician, who impresses me every time I hear her play. Her work ethic is of the highest standard, her interests in music are broad, she loves collaborating and always does it with joy and quality.

Maggie is loved by everyone for her genuine friendliness and willingness to help. She is bright, inquisitive and beautifully mannered. She is full of ideas and enjoys organizing performances and events that inspire her peers to participate.

In short, to me Maggie is just an exemplary student who has proved to be deserving the nomination for this prestigious award. I cannot recommend her higher."