Commencement Information

General Departmental Commencement Information

Due to the ongoing state and county executive orders prohibiting large gatherings, this year's winter commencement on Sunday, December 20 will be a virtual event. Plans are underway to deliver a campus-wide celebration and individual school/college ceremonies, and details will be shared shortly on : https://commencement.umd.edu

The University will be mailing care packages to all graduates so please be sure your address is updated in Testudo.

The Department of Communication wishes all of our graduates the best.

Past Commencement Speakers

  • The Honorable Anthony Brown, Lt. Governor of Maryland
  • Dr. Tiffany Boykin, J.D., Dean, Student Engagement, Anne Arundel Community College
  • Mr. Steven Drake, Steven Drake Associates, L.L.C. (speech)
  • The Honorable Donna Edwards, U.S. Representative, MD-4
  • Mr. Evan Glass, At-Large Member, Montogomery County Council (2018 Winter Commencement Video)
  • Ms. Cary Hatch, CEO, MDB Communications
  • Dr. Lindsay F. Hayes, Redpath Writing
  • Barbara Jacoby, Senior Consultant, Do Good Institute (video of commencement ceremony)
  • Dr. William “Brit” Kirwan, chancellor, University of Maryland system
  • Mr. David Maraniss, author and journalist
  • Mr. Charles Moose, Chief of Police, Montgomery County, Maryland
  • Major General Mark Rosenker, Director of the White House Military Office
  • Ambassador Dennis Ross
  • Roy Schwartz, Co-Founder, Axios (video of the commencement ceremonies, visit https://vimeo.com/338764147)
  • Mr. Andrew J. Sherman, Partner, Jones Day (speech)
  • Mr. Chad Steele, Vice President of Public Relations, Baltimore Ravens
  • The Honorable Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Lt. Governor of Maryland
  • Mr. Joshua Wood, J.D., Loyola University School of Law
  • Dr. Dale Timothy White, Reporter, Anchor and Producer (speech: https://vimeo.com/271115434)

Main Campus Ceremony

For information on the main campus ceremony, please see the University’s commencement page: https://umd.edu/commencement/