University of Maryland Eastern Shore The 125th Anniversary
125th Anniversary
"Celebrating the Journey: The 125th Anniversary of UMES" 1886-2011

Events and Activities

Please check this calendar frequently for updates on posted events – and for new events.



Monday, August 29, 2011

Kick-Off Celebration

Today, we launch our celebration of the University's 125th anniversary with our initial installment of 125 Stories, daily articles that highlight the university's history.


Thursday, September 1, 2011

Maroon and Gray Day

Ella Fitzgerald Performing Arts Center
11:00 a.m.
The entire campus community is asked to help us kick-off our first Maroon and Gray Day of our 125th academic year. All those wearing maroon and gray are invited to join us at 11:00 a.m. on the steps of the Ella Fitzgerald Performing Arts Center for a 125th anniversary photograph.


Friday, September 2, 2011

College Colors Day

Show your UMES pride and wear maroon and gray as we honor our legacy! 


Thursday, September 8, 2011

New Work by Fine Arts Faculty: Meet the Artists Reception

Mosely Gallery
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 11 through Sunday, September 18, 2011



Sunday, September 11, 2011

Remembrance Day (10th Anniversary of 9/11)

Herman Franklin International Flag Mall
9:00 a.m.
Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Franklin International Flag Mall, followed by breakfast in the Richard A. Henson Center Ballroom, culminating in a Memorial March to Metropolitan United Methodist Church to kick-off the Church’s 125th Anniversary celebration.


125th Anniversary Service

Metropolitan United Methodist Church

11:00 a.m.
Founders’ Week activities will begin with a return to our historic roots.  The congregation of Metropolitan United Methodist Church in Princess Anne will welcome the UMES family in celebration of 125 years of service during their morning Worship Service. The University community is invited to attend. Guest minister is Rev. Theodore Day, pastor, Ebenezer UMC, Newark, DE.  


Monday, September 12, 2011

If These Walls Could Talk: UMES 125 Years Through Its Architecture

Frederick Douglass Library
11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Join for the opening of an exciting new exhibit as we take a look at the university’s 125 year history with a journey through the growth of our physical plant and architecture.


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Student Services Center 10th Birthday Day Party

Student Services Center

Join the Student Government Association for the 10th Anniversary of the SSC!


125th Anniversary Celebration

John T. Williams Hall

4:30 p.m.
The entire campus community will join on the steps of John T. Williams Hall for a festive anniversary celebration featuring musical performances, reflections from interim president, Dr. Mortimer Neufville. Immediately following the festivities, please join us for a Birthday Cake



Light Night

Richard A. Henson Center

7:00 p.m.

Starting at the Richard A. Henson Center, enjoy a guided walking tour around the historic Academic Oval; the celebration begins on the portico of the Richard A. Henson Center. Visit the featured buildings that frame the Academic Oval and witness history come to life as alumni and students bring to life Frederick Douglass, Richard Henson, John T. Williams, and others, as they tell the story of their life and the life of the buildings that honor their names. The celebration culminates on the lawn of the Ella Fitzgerald Center for the Performing Arts with a stirring oration of the founding of UMES.


Thursday, September 15, 2011

Founders’ Week Convocation and Summer Commencement

Ella Fitzgerald Performing Arts Center
10:00 a.m.
The University of Maryland Eastern Shore had its humble beginnings on September 13, 1886, as the Delaware Conference Academy (also known as Princess Anne Academy), which was initiated under the auspices of the Delaware Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Join students, staff, and faculty in their full academic regalia in the Ella Fitzgerald Center for the Performing Arts as the campus pays tribute to the founders of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore during the Founders’ Day Convocation and Summer Commencement Exercise. Our keynote speaker is Ms. Starletta DuPois, a UMES graduate.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Outdoor Concert and Fireworks

Ella Fitzgerald Performing Arts Center

7:00 p.m.
Enjoy a musical evening under the stars, packed with explosive excitement. You will be entertained by the soulful sounds of the UMES Gospel Choir, under the direction of Dr. Della Dameron-Johnson. The evening will conclude with a birthday salute to UMES under an amazing fireworks display. Be sure to bring your lounge chairs and stadium blankets, and camp out on the lawn of the Ella Fitzgerald Center for the Performing Arts. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will move indoors to the Auditorium. 


Saturday, September 17, 2011

Legacy Brunch

Richard A. Henson Center
10:00 a.m.
Join us for a celebration honoring the founding of the University. The breakfast will be followed by a wreath dedication at the campus cemetery, followed by self-guided tour of the campus.


Saturday, September 17, 2011

Metropolitan UMC Grand Banquet

Richard A. Henson Center
5:00 p.m./ Cost: $25 per person
Come celebrate the founding of Metropolitan United Methodist Church at its Grand Banquet. Among those bringing reflections will be UMES interim president, Dr. Mortimer Neufville. For more information, please contact, J. Thomas Tilghman at (410) 651-0530.


Sunday, September 18, 2011

125th Anniversary Service

Metropolitan UMC

11:00 a.m.
The congregation of Metropolitan United Methodist Church invites the UMES family to celebrate  125 years of service during its morning Worship Service. Guest minister is Rev. Ernest S. Lyght, a former Metropolitan UMC member, now serving the West Virginia area. 



"Celebrating the Journey: The 125th Anniversary of the
University of Maryland Eastern Shore" 1886-2011