Jung Oh, a senior government and politics major with a minor in leadership studies, will serve as the student speaker for the BSOS virtual commencement ceremony on May 20. Not long afterwards, she'll learn how to fling herself out of an airplane.

“I am incredibly honored to speak on behalf of the BSOS faculty and graduating class,” Oh said. “Though the pandemic has clouded senior year for many of us, I am excited for a celebratory commencement when we can reflect on our accomplishments.”

Oh is from Salisbury, Md. and says she was drawn to the University of Maryland because of its proximity to the nation’s capital and the variety of educational experiences it offered.

“Coming from a small town, I wanted to seek larger opportunities,” she said. “UMD has prepared me to take on the real world academically, socially, professionally, and everything in between. Looking back, it is truly incredible to know what can be achieved in four years.”

Oh was a member of Army ROTC at UMD and credits the program for teaching her to be a confident leader. After graduation, she will attend Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia where she will train to be a paratrooper—yes, jumping out of planes!—and will serve as an Intelligence Office for the Army. Ultimately, Oh plans to pursue law school and become a Judge Advocate General officer.

“I hope to set an example not only for my future soldiers, but young women and minorities in the military as well,” she said.

The virtual BSOS commencement ceremony will take place at 1 pm on Thursday, May 20. The campus-wide Spring 2021 Commencement will happen in person on Friday, May 21. In order to accommodate all graduates while practicing safe physical distancing, the ceremonies will be held at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium. Visit commencement.umd.edu for more information.

Jung Oh, Senior GVPT major