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Pines’ Inauguration Week Activities Announced

Installation of UMD’s 34th President to Feature Grand Challenges, Innovators—and a Signature Ice Cream Flavor

By Maryland Today Staff

Darryll J. Pines portrait

Photo by John T. Consoli

Inauguration Week will celebrate the installation of Darryll J. Pines as UMD's 34th president, with a special focus on the university's collective, transformative future, with events that will feature students, faculty and staff who propel the institution to excellence in all we do.

Brodie Remington, vice president for university relations, sent the following email to the campus community today:

One year ago today, the university announced that Darryll J. Pines would become the University of Maryland's 34th president. Since then, President Pines has outlined—and made significant progress toward—a bold vision for the future of our university. He has charged us to promote excellence in all that we do, create an inclusive and multicultural campus environment, and confront the grand challenges of our time. On this momentous anniversary, I am honored to announce our plans for the official inauguration of President Pines.

During Inauguration Week, April 19-24, 2021, we will celebrate President Pines with a special focus on our collective, transformative future at the University of Maryland. Through virtual events and discussions, we will feature the students, faculty and staff who emanate excellence and propel our university forward, and officially install Dr. Pines as our president:

Monday, April 19
The Art of Humanizing Grand Challenges

A moderated panel of arts and humanities experts provides insights on some of today’s Grand Challenges from historical, cultural and artistic perspectives.

Tuesday, April 20
The Life and Legacy of David C. Driskell

President Pines joins Driskell Center Director Curlee Holton to reflect on the life and legacy of the late artist, scholar, curator and distinguished university professor emeritus.

Wednesday, April 21
President Pines on Parade

Students, faculty and staff can meet President Pines and Mrs. Sylvia Pines at one of three locations on campus. Take a photo with UMD's new president, receive a presidential turtle pin and taste the newest Maryland Dairy ice cream flavor, named in his honor.

Innovate Maryland 2021
A celebration of the university's innovators, entrepreneurs, inventors and creatives. This signature event brings together campus innovators, alumni and community partners to recognize the transformational impact made by our faculty, students and alumni, including awards for Invention of the Year and Startup of the Year.

Thursday, April 22
Installation Ceremony

Darryll J. Pines is installed as president and shares his vision for UMD.

Moving Maryland Forward: A Celebration of the Inauguration of Darryll J. Pines
This evening celebration features highlights from the official installation, special presentations, performances and remarks from special guests, including President Pines.

Friday, April 23
A Celebration of Terps: Featuring the Maryland Awards

This annual awards ceremony from the UMD Alumni Association will honor the achievements of six outstanding Terps.

Saturday, April 24
Maryland Day

The UMD tradition closes out inauguration festivities. Enjoy a day of learning, fun and discovery—online!

Join us in celebrating this festive, future-focused occasion for our university. I invite you to visit the official inauguration site at

Stay fearless,

Brodie Remington signature



Brodie Remington
Vice President, Division of University Relations
Inauguration Committee

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