Commencement Information

General Departmental Commencement Information

The Department of Communication's December 2019 commencement ceremony will take place on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. in the Dekelboum Theater of the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Graduates should plan to arrive at 8:00 am and report to room 1610. Doors will open for guests at 8:00 am.  The processional will begin promptly at 9:00 am and all guests are requested to be seated at that time.  

Parking and Transportation

Parking on campus is limited and guests are encouraged to consider traveling to College Park via Metro. Free shuttles run frequently from the College Park Metro Station. Parking is free and available in any lot or parking garage on campus. However, the best parking is available in the Stadium Drive Garage, as well as lots 1 and Z. See the campus parking map for location. Additional parking information can be found on the University's main commencement website.


Disabled guests and/or guests needing to avoid stairs can enter The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center through the main entrance and will be directed to the accessible seating areas in the Dekelboum theater. There are a very limited number of handicapped parking spots available outside of The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center which will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Guests will need a state issued handicapped placard to park in these spaces. 

Commencement Speaker

Dr. Tiffany Boykin, J.D., Dean, Student Engagement, Anne Arundel Community College

Past Commencement Speakers

  • The Honorable Anthony Brown, Lt. Governor of Maryland
  • 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
  • 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:

Main Campus Ceremony

For information on the main campus ceremony, please see the University’s commencement page: