Commencement Information

General Departmental Commencement Information

The University of Maryland has made the decision not to hold in-person commencement ceremonies in May 2020 due to the spread of COVID-19.  We understand that this is disappointing to so many of you who have worked hard for this moment.  Dr. Loh is asking graduates to email him at: president@umd.edu with ideas on how to recognize this important occasion.  For additional information and updates, see he University's main commencement page: https://umd.edu/commencement/

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: http://www.commencement.umd.edu/