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Bowie State to Graduate About 450 Students at Winter Commencement

December 13, 2012

Bowie State to Graduate About 450 Students at Winter Commencement
Chief Judge Robert M. Bell to Address Graduates

WHAT:  Chief Judge Robert M. Bell of the Maryland Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, will address some 450 graduates at the Winter 2012 Commencement at Bowie State University. Approximately 324 students will receive bachelor’s degrees and about 123 will receive graduate degrees, including three doctorates in education.

WHO:  Chief Judge Robert M. Bell was appointed to his position in 1996, becoming the first African American named the state’s chief jurist. With more than 37 years on the Maryland bench, he has previously served as a judge for the District Court of Maryland for Baltimore City, the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, and the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland. He graduated from Morgan State College and earned his J.D. from Harvard University Law School.

One of 12 Baltimore high school students convicted for trespassing during a sit-in protest in 1960, Bell successfully led an appeal in a landmark civil rights case that was eventually argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1964 and brought an end to de facto racial segregation in Maryland.

WHEN:  Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, 10 a.m.

  • Processional begins at 9:40 a.m.

WHERE:  Leonidas S. James Physical Education Complex
Bowie State University 
14000 Jericho Park Road
Bowie, MD 20715


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