Commencement Information

General Departmental Commencement Information

The Department of Communication's May 2019 commencement ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in the Reckord Armory.  Graduates are asked to arrive by 5:30 pm and report to the basement of the Armory.  Doors will open for guests around 5:45 pm. The ceremony is expected to last approximately 2 hours.  There will be bag screening for all graduates and guests upon entering the Armory, so we ask that everyone limit the amount and size of bags in order to aviod delays.  There is no food or drink allowed in the Armory.  

Regalia can be purchased at the University Book Center or online: (note that only full regalia packages can be purchased online).


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 was allotted up to six (6) guest tickets for the departmental commencement ceremony.  Ticket distribution took place April 22- May 2nd. 

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 the Regnets Drive Garage. See the campus parking map for location.  This is about a 10 miute walk or there wll be shuttle service from the garage to the Main Adminsitration building nearby. Additional parking information can be found on the University's main commencement website.


Disabled guests and/or individuals 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

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: