Commencement Information

General Departmental Commencement Information

The University of Maryland has modified May 2020 commencement plans due to the spread of COVID-19.  Graduates will be recognize in three ways:

  1. The University will be holding virtual commencement ceremonies in May 2020.
  2. Graduates and their families will be able to attend the September 12th football game and be recognized there. 
  3. May 2020 graduates are invited to partipate in the December commencement ceremonies.

For additional information and updates, see the University's main commencement page:

Please make sure that your pemanent address is up to date in Testudo so that the University can mail your care package to you and your diploma can be sent once degree clearances have been completed.

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
  • 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: