Julie Andrews visits campus

Hard to believe we’ve just passed the 50th anniversary of the release of the classic movie “The Sound of Music.” DYK that Julie Andrews received an honorary degree from UMD in 1970?

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Julie Andrews and her husband Blake Andrews Julie Andrews and her husband Blake Andrews

Since 1921, the University of Maryland has awarded honorary degrees to many distinguished individuals, including authors, scientists, political and business leaders, musicians, artists,historians, and members of the military, marking their contributions to the world at large.

Honorary degree citation Click to read the official honorary degree citation speech!

Julie Andrews 4 Dr. Elkins confers the honorary degree on Julie Andrews

One recipient familiar to fans of the stage and silver screen was Julie Andrews, who received her honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree at the June 6, 1970, commencement.  Ms. Andrews is perhaps best remembered for her roles in “The Sound of Music” and “Mary Poppins,” but she has also had a brilliant career on Broadway.

She joins many other performers and musicians on the university’s honorary degree lists (A-K and L-Z), including Bill Cosby, Ira Gershwin, Eubie Blake, Rosa Ponselle, and Sergiu Comissiona.

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