Commencement Information

General Departmental Commencement Information

Due to the ongoing pandemic, May commencement ceremonies for all colleges and schools will be virtual. The ARHU ceremony will be available to view on the main commencement website on Thursday, May 20th at 1:00 pm.  The campus wide ceremony is being evaluated based on safety and public guidance from Maryland state and county officials. Updates and details can be found on the main commencement website: https://commencement.umd.edu

The University will be mailing care packages to all graduates so please be sure your address is updated in Testudo.

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: https://umd.edu/commencement/