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Independent Higher Education Day

Every year, MICUA brings together more than 150 college students and administrators to celebrate funding of the Sellinger Program and the strength and continued success of the students in independent higher education in Maryland. 

Governor Larry Hogan proclaimed February 26, 2020 Maryland Independent Higher Education Day (IHED) and encouraged the people of Maryland to support independent institutions. The Governor’s proclamation was announced on the Senate floor by Senator Shelley Hettleman and on the House floor by Delegate Mark Chang, and all members of the General Assembly were encouraged to celebrate IHED. Approximately 150 students and staff attended IHED, representing all 13 State-aided MICUA institutions.

MICUA hosted IHED at the Governor’s Calvert House on State Circle in Annapolis. Senate President Bill Ferguson kicked off IHED with a keynote address. President Ferguson is a native to Maryland, born and raised in Silver Spring, and he currently represents District 46 in Baltimore City. In addition to a bachelor’s degree in political science from Davidson University and a law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law, he holds a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) from the Johns Hopkins School of Education. President Ferguson described the path by which he went from classroom teacher to law student to politician to one of the youngest presiding officers in the State Senate. He spoke of both inspiring and humbling experiences along the way, and he challenged everyone in the room to demand nothing but the best of themselves, their colleagues, and their leaders. He had time for a few questions, and the students responded passionately and appreciatively to his remarks.

Following President Ferguson’s remarks, Sara Fidler gave a power point presentation that included key facts about MICUA and MICUA’s operating and capital budget requests, as well as tips and tricks to help the students successfully lobby members of the Maryland General Assembly. Students were given branded flash drives to leave behind as gifts for the legislators with whom they met. MICUA encouraged students to tweet about IHED and to tag pictures of themselves with legislators. Students arranged over 130 meetings with members of Maryland’s General Assembly.


Featured below are photos of MICUA students on Independent Higher Education Day 2020:

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Campus Presidents and their students chat with Legislators at the Legislative Breakfast Reception at the Governor Calvert House. 
Students gathered in the Maryland State House on their way to meet with Legislators. 
Goucher College President Kent Devereaux and students at their meeting with Delegate Mangione.
Hood College President Andrea Chapdelaine gives the opening remarks in the Governor Calvert House Ballroom. 


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Students and administrators from Hood College gathered in the Maryland State House.
Students from the Maryland Institute College of Art wait to meet with Senator Cory McCray.
Mount St. Mary’s President Tim Trainor, Bill Davies, and students assembled in the Mike Miller Senate Building.
McDaniel College President Roger Casey and students pictured with their mascot, the Green Terror, in the House of Representatives.