Commencement Information

General Departmental Commencement Information

The Department of Communication's May 2019 commencement ceremony took place on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in the Reckord Armory. For a video of the commencement ceremonies, visit

Commencement Speaker

Roy Schwartz is a co-founder and president of Axios, the new media company he launched in January 2017 with Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen. Axios (means “worthy” in Greek) uses “Smart Brevity” to deliver news and information that helps people quickly and easily understand the world’s most consequential topics. Under Roy’s leadership, Axios was awarded Adweek’s “Hottest in News 2018”,  listed to Fast Company’s “World’s Most Innovative Companies 2018”, and named to Ad Age’s “Publisher’s A-List 2019” for both Digital and Events. He is also an executive producer of AXIOS on HBO, a first-of-its-kind show fusing Axios reporting with the storytelling of HBO and a two award-winning documentary filmmaker. Roy is the former chief revenue officer for POLITICO, the digital media company that changed political and policy journalism in Washington, New York, and Europe. Prior to POLITICO, Roy was a Partner at Gallup’s management consulting practice in Washington, DC and California advising Fortune 500 companies on employee and customer engagement. Roy was featured in the 2015 FOLIO 100 as a “Corporate Catalyst” and by the Washington Business Journal in its 2015 “40 under 40.” An expert in digital media, business, and strategy, Roy is a frequent speaker at media conferences including SXSW, Min Folio, Digital East, and Interactive Media Conference.  Mr. Schwartz earned Bachelor of Science and and MBA degrees from the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business.   

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
  • 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
  • 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: