Bowie State Announces First Lady Dawn Moore as Fall Commencement Speaker

Courtesy of Bowie State University

Maryland’s First Lady, Dawn Flythe Moore, will deliver remarks to over 400 graduates at Bowie State University’s Fall Commencement on Thursday, December 21, at the Leonidas S. James Physical Education Complex from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Moore, the wife of the state’s first Black Governor, Wes Moore, is a philanthropist, community organizer, and campaign strategist. She has over 20 years of experience in government relations and fundraising and is an ardent supporter of the arts and empowering women.

The First Lady has held positions in the highest levels of Maryland State Government. She is also a member on the boards of non-profit organizations including Maryland’s State Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, and iMentor, a not-for-profit that partners with Baltimore Public Schools to dramatically increase college graduation rates for first generation students from low-income neighborhoods in Baltimore.

Dawn Moore became the state’s first Black First Lady on January 18, 2023, when her husband Wes Moore was sworn into office becoming the third Black person in U.S. history elected governor of a state. Together they established the Moore Family Foundation to make impact grants to local non-profits to provide thought leadership and organizational support and to create partnership alliances with community stakeholders, government entities and other organizations.

Under her leadership, the Moore Family Foundation has made strategic investments in education, community enrichment, health research and development, veterans organizations and the arts.

Dawn Moore earned a degree in Government and Politics and a certificate in Women’s Studies from the University of Maryland College Park.