Commencement Information

General Commencement Information

The Department of Communication's winter commencement ceremony will be held on Wednesday, December 20th at 9:00 am in the Dekelboum Theater in The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.  More information on where and when graduates should check in will be posted as the event date nears.

Transportation and Parking

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 Lot 1 or the Stadium Drive Garage. See the campus parking map for location. Additional parking information can be found on the University's main commencement website.


Disabled guests and/or families with baby strollers needing to avoid stairs can enter The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center through the front entrance and will be directed to the accessible seating areas in Dekelboum Theater.  There are a 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. There will also be a drop-off area outside of The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center  where guests can drop off anyone who requires physical assistance and then parki in Lot 1 or the Stadium Drive Garage.

Commencement Speaker


Past Commencement Speakers

  • Ambassador Dennis Ross
  • Mr. Joshua Wood, JD, Loyola University School of Law
  • Mr. Chad Steele, Vice President of Public Relations, Baltimore Ravens
  • Mr. Steven Drake, Steven Drake Associates, LLC (speech)
  • Dr. Lindsay F. Hayes, Redpath Writing
  • Mr. Andrew J. Sherman, Partner, Jones Day (speech)
  • Ms. Cary Hatch, CEO, MDB Communications (speech)
  • The Honorable Anthony Brown, Lt. Governor of Maryland
  • Mr. David Marianiss, author and journalist
  • Dr. William "Brit" Kirwan, chancellor, University of Maryland system
  • The Honorable Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Lt. Governor of Maryland
  • Mr. Charles Moose, chief of police, Montgomery County, Maryland
  • The Honorable Donna Edwards, U.S. Representative, MD-4

Main Campus Ceremony

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