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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4x Olympian Lauryn Williams

Lauryn Williams’ letter to her freshman self

Before she represented Team USA, 4x Olympian Lauryn Williams competed for the Miami Hurricanes. The track & field champ reflects on her college experience in a letter to her freshman self.

  University of Miami alumna Maria del Pilar “Pili” Tobar will work as deputy White House communications director in the Biden administration.

Alumna part of Biden’s all-women communications team

Maria del Pilar “Pili” Tobar is among the senior staff for the incoming administration; she will work as deputy White House communications director.

holiday reading

A ’Canes guide to holiday reading

From quick reads to history books to memoirs, there’s something for everyone on this list of books by alumni authors.

 From left to right: Pat Metheny, Carmen Lundy, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, and Maria Schneider. Not pictured: Neal J. Avron, James K. Bass, and Jeremy A. Levy.

Frost faculty and alumni garner ten Grammy nominations

The Frost School of Music congratulates its esteemed faculty and gifted alumni honored with GRAMMY® nominations.

4x Olympian Lauryn Williams

Lauryn Williams’ letter to her freshman self

Before she represented Team USA, 4x Olympian Lauryn Williams competed for the Miami Hurricanes. The track & field champ reflects on her college experience in a letter to her freshman self.

Alumna part of Biden’s all-women communications team

Maria del Pilar “Pili” Tobar is among the senior staff for the incoming administration; she will work as deputy White House communications director.

A ’Canes guide to holiday reading

From quick reads to history books to memoirs, there’s something for everyone on this list of books by alumni authors.

Frost faculty and alumni garner ten Grammy nominations

The Frost School of Music congratulates its esteemed faculty and gifted alumni honored with GRAMMY® nominations.