About the 50th

50 Years of Grit & Greatness

The UMBC community’s journey started when the University welcomed its first students on September 19, 1966. Our 50th anniversary celebration will honor many facets of the UMBC experience and span the period between October 2015 and May 2017. A special 50th Anniversary Celebration Weekend was held on September 16-19, 2016, along with other events throughout the year.

UMBC’s 50th anniversary is an important time to celebrate our success and our vibrant history. It also represents a vital strategic opportunity. As the campus completes a new strategic plan and prepares for a comprehensive fundraising campaign, anniversary events and communications will build pride in the campus and its extraordinary impact in just 50 years. The celebration also provides a significant opportunity to renew and deepen relationships with our more than 70,000 alumni.

We appreciate the ideas, energy, and resources so many members of our community are bringing to this once-in-a-generation opportunity. Our alumni are the best advocates for our endeavors and aspirations, and we are confident that the campus celebration of the 50th will benefit UMBC for decades to come.

If you have ideas to share about the 50th celebration, please contact Lisa Akchin, associate vice president for engagement, at akchin@umbc.edu.

We look forward to celebrating this exceptional campus community with you.