2020 at the U: The year in review

2020 at the U: The year in review

Take a look at a month-by-month recap of the biggest stories at the University of Miami during the past year.


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 A bigfin reef squid (Sepioteuthis lessoniana), photographed in Raja Ampat, Indonesia, earned second place in the "Fish or Animal Portrait" category. Photo: Luc Rooman

Underwater photo contest features enthralling pictures

The annual competition received more than 700 submissions from all over the world.


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Jaret L. Davis, a double alumnus who is co-managing shareholder at the law firm Greenberg Traurig, was the featured speaker at Friday's 3 p.m. commencement ceremony. Photo: TJ Lievonen/University of Miami

Luminaries urge graduates to be catalysts for change

Speakers at the University of Miami’s Friday commencement ceremonies motivated students to improve the pandemic-stricken world and our divided nation.


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 Kaylah Taylor was the first ever graduate ceremony student speaker at Thursday morning's commencement. Photo: TJ Lievonen/University of Miami

Commencement 2020: A celebration and a new beginning

On Thursday, undergraduate and graduate degrees were conferred on students during two virtual ceremonies.


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Leyna Stemle, a University of Miami graduate biology student, is researching ways to help conserve vulnerable leatherback sea turtles.

Graduate student shares her passion for protecting turtles

Leyna Stemle aided in a study that is examining whether attaching green LED lights to fishing nets helps keep sea turtles from being entangled in the nets.


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 Kayla Abramowitz, founder and chief kid officer of Kayla Cares 4 Kids

Student recognized for outstanding volunteer work

Kayla Abramowitz founded Kayla Cares 4 Kids to bring a smile to children’s faces as they endure extended hospital stays.

 Christopher Carson browses the stacks at the Otto G. Richter Library. Photo: Mike Montero/University of Miami

Undergrad maximizes his education

Junior Christopher Carson is constantly learning, through books and experiences, and hopes to use his broad knowledge base to help improve the world.

Student recognized for outstanding volunteer work

Kayla Abramowitz founded Kayla Cares 4 Kids to bring a smile to children’s faces as they endure extended hospital stays.

Undergrad maximizes his education

Junior Christopher Carson is constantly learning, through books and experiences, and hopes to use his broad knowledge base to help improve the world.



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’Cane Biz guide

A ’Cane Biz Guide to New Year’s resolutions

Whatever your resolutions are this year, there’s an alumni-owned business that can help you stick to them.

Dan Morgan

Former linebacker inducted into College Football Hall of Fame

Dan Morgan, B.L.A. ’01, now the director of player personnel for the Buffalo Bills, becomes the ninth ’Cane to join the College Football Hall of Fame.

Autism awareness

Advocating for adults with intellectual disabilities

Alumna Marie-Ilene Whitehurst, A.B. ’74, is co-founder of Casa Familia, a local organization advocating for affordable housing for adults with intellectual disabilities.

David Roller, J.D. '14

Miami Law Vet uses degree to pursue national security interests

U.S. Army veteran David Roller, J.D. ’14, combines the skills he learned in law school with his Army experience to succeed in new role.

’Cane Biz guide

A ’Cane Biz Guide to New Year’s resolutions

Whatever your resolutions are this year, there’s an alumni-owned business that can help you stick to them.

Former linebacker inducted into College Football Hall of Fame

Dan Morgan, B.L.A. ’01, now the director of player personnel for the Buffalo Bills, becomes the ninth ’Cane to join the College Football Hall of Fame.

Advocating for adults with intellectual disabilities

Alumna Marie-Ilene Whitehurst, A.B. ’74, is co-founder of Casa Familia, a local organization advocating for affordable housing for adults with intellectual disabilities.

Miami Law Vet uses degree to pursue national security interests

U.S. Army veteran David Roller, J.D. ’14, combines the skills he learned in law school with his Army experience to succeed in new role.