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. 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.  

The University Book Center is holding their Spring 2019 Graduation Fair on March 5-7 from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.  Stop by the UBC to purchase your regalia other graduation needs.  If you purchase your regalia during this event, you will receive $10 off.


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 waitlist 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 take place April 22- May 2nd. Additional details on ticket pickup location and times will be posted closer to these dates.

Graduates in the Shady Grove Program should contact Raimonda Nuredini 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 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, Co-founder and President, Axios

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: