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Black Alumni Weekend

April 22 to 24, 2022

University of Maryland, College Park, MD

About the Event

The University of Maryland’s inaugural Black Alumni Weekend will welcome alumni back to College Park to celebrate with friends, reconnect with fellow classmates, and enjoy a weekend filled with inspirational alumni, music, great food, and endless Terp Pride!


Signature Events



Terpchella is the kickoff event to University of Maryland's inaugural Black Alumni Weekend. This outdoor, family-friendly music festival will showcase alumni artists and local talent. In addition to the main stage, there will be carnival games, food, drinks and booths throughout the festival that showcase Black Terp-owned businesses.Terpchella will be a festival of fun for all ages!


Gift of Giving Gala


The Gift of Giving Gala is a scholarship and awards gala to celebrate the outstanding achievements of Black alumni, students and faculty and staff. We will also give away scholarships to several current and incoming students through the Student Success Service Leadership Scholarship. This black tie affair will bring together Black alumni and students with a seated dinner, awards ceremony and dancing. The theme is Black Hollywood and Black excellence will be on display!

This event will be hosted by former All-American and NBA player Len Elmore ‘78 and Vice President of the Student Success Leadership Council, Lauren Hamilton ‘22.

Shell of a Brunch


This is the DMV where Sundays are for brunch so come together one more time to close out Black Alumni Weekend. Please join us for a Sunday Funday, the Black Terp edition!

Virtual Events

Can’t make it to College Park? Register for the virtual Black Alumni Weekend events

Celebrating Black Excellence: Stories and Experiences of Black Public Health Professionals

April 21, to | Virtual Event

Join a virtual panel discussion of Black public health alumni. The distinguished panelists example a range of positions in the field of public health and highlight Black excellence within their professions and among UMD alumni.

Moderator: Michael Brown, Ph.D. ‘95, Kinesiology Department Chair and Professor

Equity and Access in The Built Environment: A Black Alumni Showcase

April 21, to | Virtual Event

Hosted by: School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation

The School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation is celebrating the work of our alumni in a time where the doors to equity and access are more open than ever before. Join us as we showcase African American alums from each of our four programs in a panel discussion highlighting key successes and challenges to advancing racial equity in the built environment.

Panelists: Mansur Abdul-Malik, MRED '12 (Real Estate Development), Dr. Rodney Harrell, Ph.D. '08 (Urban Studies and Community Planning) and Jamesha Gibson, MHP '17, MCP '17 (Historic Preservation), Dr. Georgeanne Matthews, MArch ’98, Ph.D. ’19 (Architecture)

Black Alumni Weekend Movie Night

April 21, to | Virtual Event

Hosted by: Office of Career Services and Alumni Relations/The School of Public Policy (SPP) Alumni Board

The School of Public Policy (SPP) Alumni Board will be hosting a Movie Night. The Board would like to invite current and former Black students to introduce Alumni Board members and the functions of the Board to more people and build relationships and networking opportunities for those in attendance.

Building Your Network for Future Success

April 22, to | Virtual Event

Hosted by: Maryland Smith Office of Alumni Relations

Celebrate the inaugural UMD Black Alumni Weekend with the Maryland Smith community! Join students and alumni for a networking session that will include hearing from alumni in select industries about their varying career paths. The session will have two rounds of breakout discussions to give attendees the opportunity to connect with fellow Smith students and alumni from two industries. By attending this event, students will gain insights on industries of interest and have an opportunity to expand their professional network. This event is co-hosted by the Maryland Smith Office of Alumni Relations, the Black Business Association, and the Black MBA Association.

Additional Events

Friday, April 22

African American History and Landmarks at the University of Maryland, College Park - A Walking Tour

Tour Times: and

Hosted by: BSOS Office of the Dean - Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Office

Alumni are invited to explore the history of Black people at Maryland and their contributions to the campus community. Tours will be led by Dr. Kim Nickerson, Assistant Dean for Diversity, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. The tour will take 90 minutes, and participants should wear comfortable shoes. The tour begins at Rossborough Inn.

Healing from Hate: Advancing Racially-Equitable Policies


Hosted by: BSU/UMD Social Justice Alliance

A panel discussion and social justice award ceremony featuring university, community, and policy leaders who will talk about issues centered on individual and community healing, anti-racism, and racially-equitable social and public policy.

Bowie State University and University of Maryland College Park, in collaboration with The 1st Lt. Richard Collins, III Foundation, serves to transform our nation from oppression and hate using a national research-based social justice model.

David C. Driskell Center Gallery Tour with the Director, Prof. Curlee Holton


Hosted by: College of Arts & Humanities

The Driskell Center preserves the rich heritage of African American visual art and culture. Join us for a tour of the gallery led by the Center's Director and Artist in Residence, Curlee Holton. A highly regarded professor, painter and master printmaker, Curlee Holton has exhibited his work throughout the world. *If you are unable to join us for the tour the Gallery will be open for visitors from 11am-5pm.

Black Journalism Alumni Networking Reception


Hosted by: Philip Merrill College of Journalism & Journalism Alumni Network

Connect with fellow Journalism alumni and faculty members in a reception in Knight Hall.

AGNR Kickback


Hosted by: College of Agriculture & Natural Resources Alumni Network

The College of Agriculture & Natural Resources and Alumni Network invite you to "Kickback" with us to build your community and expand your network. Kickback with us during this cocktail reception with food, drinks, and fellow Terps. We look forward to building connections and investing together in your future.

Black Alumni Weekend Welcome


Hosted by: The University of Maryland Black Alumni Network (UMBA)

It's finally here! Please join the University of Maryland Black Alumni (UMBA) Network as we kick off Black Alumni Weekend. Stop by and settle into the weekend with us.

Saturday, April 23

Nyumburu's 50th Anniversary Breakfast


Hosted by: Nyumburu Cultural Center

Since its inception in 1971, the Nyumburu Cultural Center continues to be a Home Away from Home for Black students, thereby providing academic support to increase student retention. Nyumburu serves as the key source for all students of the university seeking cultural awareness and specific understanding of the Black experience. This event will be a time to meet and greet. Alumni and their families can enjoy breakfast with great music.

Coffee and Civics with your Black Alumni Maryland Legislators


Hosted by: College of Behavioral and Social Sciences Alumni Chapter Board

Join the College of Behavioral and Social Science Alumni Chapter Board in the Plaza outside of the newly constructed downtown College Park City Hall Building for coffee and conversation with your fellow black alumni House of Delegate representatives. As the 2022 legislative session comes to a close, come meet your representatives and learn about the significant issues debated within the Maryland general assembly, and as well as which bills were introduced and passed. Coffee and breakfast pastries will be provided.

Delegates in Attendance: Debra M Davis - District 28, Wanika B Fisher - District 47B, Karen R Toles - District 25 and Alonzo T Washington - District 22

Unveiling of Nyumburu's Ambassadors and Friends Wall


Hosted by: Nyumburu Cultural Center

Join Nyumburu as they unveil their Ambassadors and Friends Wall and the Donor Recognition Tree in celebration of 50 years on campus.

Center for Minorities in Science and Engineering Alumni Brunch


Hosted by: A. James Clark School of Engineering, the College of Computer Mathematical and Natural Sciences & the Center for Minorities in Science and Engineering

Join the A. James Clark School of Engineering, the College of Computer Mathematical and Natural Sciences and the Center for Minorities in Science and Engineering in A. James Clark Hall. Catch up with old classmates and make new connections while enjoying brunch!

Serving the College Park and UMD Communities

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Hosted by: Incentive Awards Program Alumni Network

Give back during Black Alumni Weekend and volunteer at the College Park Community Food Bank or the University of Maryland Arboretum & Botanical Garden. All service events take place outside and volunteers must be able to lift and carry up to 10 lbs., stand and walk continuously, stoop, and bend for extended periods. Spots are limited

Jones-Hill House Tours

Tour Times: and

Hosted by: Maryland Athletics and The M Club Foundation

Join us for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the new home for Maryland Football: Jones-Hill House. This state of the art facility was named after trailblazers Billy Jones and Darryl Hill. Jones broke the color barrier in basketball at Maryland and the ACC in 1965 and Hill was the first Black student-athlete to play football at Maryland and in the ACC in 1963.

Want to be more involved in Black Alumni Weekend? Fill out this Volunteer Interest Form


Early Bird* Weekend Package: Alumni Association Members $ 100.00
Early Bird* Weekend Package: Non Alumni Association Member Rate $ 130.00

*Package ticket sales will end on April 14. Individual events will be available for registration as capacity allows

Bundle & save! Packages include access to all 3 signature events (Terpchella, Gift of Giving Gala and Shell of a Brunch) at a discounted rate. Attendees that purchase package tickets will also receive an Attendee Swag Bag that will include giveaways and coupons to local College Park attractions. All additional events within the weekend will be free to attend or include a nominal fee. Can’t attend the entire weekend? Each event is available to register for individually.

In addition to receiving a discounted rate on package tickets, Alumni Association members will receive a commemorative Black Alumni Weekend t-shirt. Not a member? Join today to receive discounted event tickets to Black Alumni Weekend, numerous free events for members and additional perks & discounts on & off campus.

Registration form for Black Alumni Weekend

Travel information

Hotel Information

Numerous hotel room blocks have been reserved around College Park. The Alumni Association’s preferred hotel is The Hotel at the University of Maryland, but we have reserved blocks at different locations around College Park to satisfy different price points.


Please visit the Department of Transportation’s website for the most up-to-date information on parking lots and garages on campus. Free parking is available near the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center in Lots 1, Z, and JJ after 4 p.m. on weekdays and on weekends. Be sure to read all signage to avoid a ticket!


Support Black Alumni Weekend

Contact Mary Bathon at for sponsorship opportunities

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Student Success Service Leadership Scholarship

The Student Success Service Leadership Scholarship provides financial support to students who demonstrate a commitment to the Black community through their leadership and/or involvement. Current students as well as newly admitted students are eligible for the scholarship and participants in the Maryland Ascent Program are encouraged to apply.

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Other funds:

"I Achieve, I Thrive" Scholarship

Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Education (OMSE) College Success Scholars Program

Nyumburu Cultural Center Anniversary Fund

Black Engineers Society (BES) Legacy Endowment

Winston H. Gandy, Sr. Memorial Endowment

James N. Newton Scholarship Fund

John B. Slaughter Endowment in Science, Technology, & the Black Community

Michael L. Cherry Memorial Scholarship Fund

Dr. Dolphus E. Milligan Award in Chemistry and Biochemistry

Frequently Asked Questions

Alumni Steering Committee

Black Alumni Weekend is brought to you by the Alumni Association and an Alumni Steering Committee made up of 14 alums representing varying class years, majors, and former student organizations:

Steering Committee


  • Cassie Agyeman-Duah ‘05


  • Zainnaib Jalloh ‘01


  • George Braxton ‘87
  • LaDedra Drummond ‘89
  • Craig Harris ‘89
  • Jessica Jackson ‘05
  • Timi Jordan ‘91
  • Maurice Nick ‘12, ‘16

Volunteers & Ambassadors

  • Kevin Henry ‘16
  • Denise Joseph ‘92
  • Garlynn Parker ‘78

A special thanks to former members of the 2020-21 Black Alumni Weekend Steering Committee who brought you the Black Alumni Weekend Preview events in 2021:

Cassie Agyeman-Duah ‘05, Duane Wallace ’13, Jessica Jackson ’05, Denise Joseph ’92, George Braxton ’87, Garlynn Parker ’78, Alexandra Tyson ’07, Chelsea Brown ’21, Ladedra Drummond ’89, Craig Harris ’89, Anthony Johnson ’10, Ceylon Mitchell ’16, Korey Richardson ’16, Naa Koshie Bannerman ’20, and Maurice Nick ’12.
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