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University of Maryland University College will hold commencement exercises next month for students enrolled in both its overseas education program and at its Mannheim, Germany, campus.

Graduation exercises for those completing the two-year program at Mannheim will be May 10 at the Reiss Engelhorn Museen in Mannheim.

Approximately 28 students will graduate in the campus’s next- to-last commencement ceremony. The facility is scheduled to close May 2004.

Exercises for military and family members taking undergraduate and graduate courses through education centers will be May 25 at 2 p.m. at the Village Pavilion on Patrick Henry Village in Heidelberg, Germany.

That ceremony, the 51st conducted by the university in Europe, will recognize nearly 650 graduates receiving associate degrees, 700 receiving bachelor’s degrees and 120 earning master’s degrees.

About 350 graduates are expected to travel across Europe and the Middle East to receive their degrees at the Heidelberg ceremony. William E. Kirkwan, chancellor of the University System of Maryland, will be guest speaker.

Maryland has awarded more than 50,000 degrees in Europe since 1949, when the university was invited by the military to hold classes overseas. Each year, about 30,000 adult students enroll with Maryland in Europe.

The U.S. Army Contracting Command Europe announced in mid-December that UMUC had been awarded a 10-year contract to continue offering courses and programs at 87 military sites across Europe and the Middle East.

Also, students can still enroll at the Mannheim campus for its final year.

Degrees offered at the campus include associate of arts degrees in general education, management studies, and business and management, plus one-year certificates in European studies and management studies.

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