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Steele To Deliver UMES' Commencement Speech on Friday

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 PRINCESS ANNE, MD - The 2014 Winter Commencement exercises of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore will be held Friday, December 12, at 10:00 am in the William P. Hytche Athletic Center. Guest speaker will be former Maryland Lt. Governor Michael Steele.

Steele was the first African-American to be elected to statewide office in Maryland a decade ago, and served four years as lieutenant governor under Gov. Robert Ehrlich and as chairman of the Republican National Committee from 2009 to 2011. He is a frequent cable news show guest and currently co-hosts “Steele & Ungar” Saturdays at 11 a.m. on SiriusXM radio. 

In  Ehrlich's administration, Steele worked to reform the state's Minority Business Enterprise program, improve public education system (he championed the state's Charter School law), expand economic development in the state and foster cooperation between government and faith-based organizations to help those in need.

After leaving elected office and taking over at the RNC, the self-described "Lincoln Republican" was charged with revitalizing the Grand Old Party after Americans elected a Democratic president. During his tenure as chair, the RNC broke fundraising records (over $198 million raised during the 2010 Congressional cycle) and Republicans won 63 House of Representative seats in Congress, the biggest pickup since 1938. His commitment to grassroots organization and party building at the state and local levels produced 12 governorships and the greatest share of state legislative seats since 1928 (over 600 seats).

UMES President Dr. Juliette Bell will lead the proceedings to celebrate the 2014 winter graduating class. Guests are advised that doors will close at 9:45 am at the start of the Commencement exercises and will remain closed. Guests are urged to be seated approximately one half-hour prior to the start of Commencement, if they wish to observe the student and faculty processional.

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