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.  The ceremony is expected to last approximately 2 hours.  Tickets will be required for the departmental ceremony. 


In order to accommodate the large spring graduation class, the Department of Communication must issue guest tickets for family and friends to attend to ceremony.  All guests (including infants and children) will need a ticket to ensure compliance with the fire code.  Each spring candidate will receive six (6) guest tickets for the departmental commencement ceremony.  At the time they pick up their initial allotment of guest tickets, students can indicate the need for additional guest tickets.  Once the ticket distribution period is over, the additional guest ticket requests will be reviewed and accommodated if possible.  Please do not email or call the office to be put on the waitlist for additional tickets.  This must be done in person when you pick up your tickets.  Ticket distribution will occur in mid to late April- we will update this website with the times and location for ticket pickup.  Graduates in the Shady Grove Program should contact Elizabeth Malliakos for information on ticket pick up location and times.

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

  • The Honorable Anthony Brown, Lt. Governor of Maryland
  • Mr. Steven Drake, Steven Drake Associates, L.L.C. (speech)
  • The Honorable Donna Edwards, U.S. Representative, MD-4
  • 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
  • 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

Main Campus Ceremony

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