UMD Alumna and Olympic Gymnast Dominique Dawes to Address University of Maryland’s 2020 Winter Graduates

COLLEGE PARK, Md., Nov. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The University of Maryland announced today that Dominique Dawes ’02, three-time Olympian and Olympic Gymnastic Gold Medalist, will deliver the university’s commencement address on Dec. 20, 2020. Dawes will address thousands of graduates, family and friends during the virtual ceremony.

Dominique Dawes is a shining example of the impact Terps have across the world and in our state,” said University of Maryland President Darryll J. Pines. “We are delighted to welcome her back to her alma mater to share her story and help commemorate this special occasion for our graduates.”

The Maryland native and UMD alumna recently shared her enthusiasm to offer remarks to the graduates:

“I am incredibly honored to speak at the University of Maryland’s commencement ceremony,” said Dawes. “The perseverance of the entire Terp community through this enduring pandemic is inspiring, and I hope to

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Maryland’s Novavax gets fast-track tag from FDA for COVID-19 vaccine

(Bloomberg) — Novavax Inc. said Monday it expects to launch a large, late-stage study in the US before the end of the month.

Its experimental COVID-19 vaccine also received a fast-track designation from regulators Monday, which could help shuttle the candidate forward into a short-list of frontrunners in the race to bring a vaccine to market.

Shares in the Gaithersburg, Maryland-based company were up 4.1 percent in premarket trading in New York. Novavax is expected to report its third quarter results Monday afternoon.

Earlier, the shares had fallen after Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE reported preliminary results showing their vaccine candidate was 90 percent effective in a late-stage trial. The New York-based drug giant and its German partner could be the first to seek an emergency use authorization in the US.

Novavax has received $1.6 billion from the US government’s Operation Warp Speed program to speed development and manufacturing of

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