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Black Alumni Weekend 2024

Join the University of Maryland as we welcome alums back to College Park to celebrate with friends, reconnect with fellow classmates and celebrate Terp pride!

Information about the Black Alumni Weekend 2024 event

Black Alumni Weekend

April 12-14, 2024

University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Black, Bold, Brilliant: Celebrating our Terp Legacy

The University of Maryland’s biennial Black Alumni Weekend welcomes alums back to College Park to celebrate and enjoy a weekend filled with inspirational alums, music, great food and endless Terp Pride!


Alums can choose to purchase the featured weekend package or register for events individually. The package includes access to four featured events (The Welcome, Black Terp Fest, Gift of Giving Gala, and Sunday Brunch) at a discounted rate. All registered attendees will receive an exclusive swag bag during check-in. 

Ticket Cost:

  • Alumni Association Member Featured Events Package: $100
  • Standard Featured Events Package (Non-Alumni Association Member): $130
  • Individual Events: At Cost

Not a member? Join today to receive discounted event tickets to Black Alumni Weekend, invites to numerous member events, and additional perks and discounts.

Visiting College Park from out of town? Book your stay at The Hotel at the University of Maryland. 

Featured Events

Included in the Featured Events Package

One person posing with an "UMBA" t-shirt, another posing with a "Very Black, Very Terp" shirt.

Black Alumni Weekend Welcome

Friday, April 12
7-11 p.m. 

The University of Maryland Black Alumni (UMBA) Network looks forward to welcoming you, once again, to Black Alumni Weekend. Join fellow Terps for fun, food, drinks, laughter, reconnection and community as we put our bold, black brilliance on display!

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

Testudo dancing with an alum

Black Terp Fest

Saturday, April 13
Noon-3 p.m. 

Black Terp Fest is a family-friendly, live-music festival that will showcase alum artists and local talent. In addition to the main stage, there will be games, food, drinks and entertainment throughout the festival.

Host: University of Maryland Alumni Association

Damon Evans and President Darryl Pines posing with an alum

Gift of Giving Gala

Saturday, April 13
7-10 p.m.

The Gift of Giving Gala is a scholarship and awards gala to celebrate the outstanding achievements of Black alums, students, and faculty and staff. We will also present scholarships to several current and incoming students through the Student Success Service Leadership Scholarship. 

Host: University of Maryland Alumni Association and the Student Success Leadership Council (SSLC)

Terps eating

Sunday Brunch

Sunday, April 14
10 a.m.-Noon

This is the DMV where Sundays are for brunch, so let's come together one more time to close out Black Alumni Weekend. Enjoy Sunday Funday, the Black Terp edition at the Nyumburu Cultural Center.

Host: Nyumburu Cultural Center

Additional Weekend Events

Friday, April 12

For more information on each event.

Black Terp Entrepreneurship Summit: Breaking Barriers, Building Wealth, and Fostering Collaboration

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

This summit will address the unique challenges faced by Black entrepreneurs and cultivate a supportive community that encourages collaboration, mentorship, crowdsourcing ideas and provides actionable approaches to entrepreneurship challenges. 

Host: University of Maryland Black Alumni Network & The Center for Minorities in Science and Engineering.

Social Justice Alliance Symposium "Lift Every Voice:'' Artists for Social and Racial Justice

11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

A panel discussion including Amanda Seales, Laura Coates, Nikkolas Smith and Keshia Knight Pulliam will address racial injustice and inequity and help participants develop tools and strategies to advance racial justice and healing and the role of artists and entertainers in the fight for social justice. 

Host: 2nd Lt. Richard W. Collins III Foundation & the UMD Anti-Black Racism Initiative

Exhibition Tour: David C. Driskell & Friends: Creativity, Collaboration & Friendship

4-5 p.m.

Tour one of the newest exhibitions which highlights the artistic legacy of David C. Driskell and the importance of his relationships with fellow artist friends—many of whom hold a significant place in the art canon. 

Host: The Driskell Center

Beyond the Lab: Black Science Terps

4-6:30 p.m.

Join your CMNS community for food, drinks and networking. The program consists of an alumni panel discussion about diversity in professional science fields, an audience Q&A and time to mingle with fellow Science Terps!

Host: College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences (CMNS)

Smith Alumni BAW Networking Reception

5-7 p.m. 

Join fellow Black Smith Terps for open networking. Catch up with former classmates, make new acquaintances, meet current staff, or connect with some of our current students during this relaxed event. Short remarks will be provided around 5:30 pm. Light hors d'oeuvres will be provided.

Host: Robert H. Smith School of Business

College of Arts and Humanities Dean's Reception

5-6 p.m.

All ARHU alums and friends are welcome to visit with Dean Stephanie Shonekan as she shares her insights from her first two years at UMD along with her priorities for the future. Mix and mingle with your fellow ARHU alums, catch up with classmates and network with colleagues. 

Host: College of Arts and Humanities (ARHU) and the ARHU Alumni Network

Journalism Black Alumni Reception

5-7 p.m.

Socialize and network with fellow Black Terps and faculty from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Complimentary light hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be provided.

Host: Philip Merrill College of Journalism

School of Public Policy Alumni Reception

5-7 p.m.

Welcome back School of Public Policy alums to the new Thurgood Marshall Hall. Faculty and staff are honored to host you for a special reception, celebrating your contributions to our community and beyond. 

Host: School of Public Policy

The M Club's Black Athletic Alumni Reunion

5:30-6:45 p.m.

The M Club is excited to welcome Black alumni to join us at Jones-Hill House for a social and tour of the facility. Light appetizers, hors d'oeuvres and a few special guests will be part of the festivities. Trailblazer, Darryl Hill, the first black football player at the University of Maryland, will be gracing us with his presence to share insights from his remarkable journey and the invaluable lessons he's gathered along the way.

Host: The M Club

Saturday, April 13

For more information on each event.

The 1856 Project & Being TerrapinSTRONG

9:30-10:45 a.m.

Join the Office of Diversity & Inclusion to learn more about their work, highlighting two large initiatives: The 1856 Project & TerrapinSTRONG. The 1856 Project is UMDs branch of the Universities Studying Slavery Consortium. TerrapinSTRONG is a campuswide onboarding initiative, welcoming new people into our community with an emphasis on our commitment to DEI. The session will include opportunities for interaction in activities, discussion, & Q&A.

Host: Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Diversity Training & Education

CMSE Alumni Brunch and 43rd Annual Alumni Celebration

10 a.m.-Noon

Join the Center for Minorities in Science and Engineering for its annual brunch and 43rd Annual Alumni Celebration. CMSE alums are invited to catch up with old classmates and make new connections.

Host: A. James Clark School of Engineering/ Center for Minorities in Science and Engineering

UMD African American History and Landmark Walking Tour

3:15-4:45 p.m.

Developed by Dr. Kim J. Nickerson (BSOS), join this tour to be inspired as you visit campus landmarks that highlight the accomplishments and contributions to the U.S., civil rights, access to education and development of the University of Maryland.

Host: College of Behavioral and Social Sciences


Support fellow Terps year-round.

Black Alumni Outreach and Engagement Fund

Your gift to the Black Alumni Outreach and Engagement Fund will provide program support for initiatives and events just like this, which serve to reconnect Black alumni with one another and the university.

Black Alumni Outreach and Engagement Fund

Student Success Service Leadership Scholarship

Your gift will support students who demonstrate a commitment to the Black community through their leadership and/or involvement. 


Thank you to our sponsors