Commencement Information

General Commencement Information

The Department of Communication's spring commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 19th at 6:30 pm in the Reckord Armory.  Tickets will be required for the departmental ceremony.  We will determine the number of tickets available per graduate in late February.

More information will be posted as the event approaches.

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 Regents 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 Reckord Armory through the rear entrance and will be directed to the accessible seating areas in the Armory. There will be a drop-off area outside of the Armory where guests can drive up to the rear (accessible) entrance of the Armory in order to drop off anyone who requires physical assistance and then the driver may park in the Regents Drive Garage.

There are a limited number of handicapped parking spots available outside of The Reckord Armory 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


Past Commencement Speakers

  • Barbara Jacoby, Senior Consultant, Do Good Institute
  • 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: