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 all guests attending the departmental ceremony.  Graduates should report to the basement of the Armory no later than 5:30 pm.  Doors will open for guests beginning at 5:45 pm. No food or drink is allowed.


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 received up to six (6) guest tickets for the departmental commencement ceremony. Tickets have already been distributed- we do not have additional tickets remaining.

Graduates in the Shady Grove Program should contact Julia Perini 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 guests 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 rear of the Armory where guests can drive up to the accessible entrance in order to drop off anyone who requires physical assistance and then the driver may park in the Regents Drive Garage. There will be seating for guests in wheelchairs available at the ceremony. 2 guests will be able to sit with the individual in a wheelchair however, the rest of your guests will need to sit elsewhere as space in this area is limited.  

There are a very 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

Tim White has enjoyed the blessings of an interesting life:  broadcast journalist, documentary filmmaker, military officer, academic, public diplomacy practitioner, private and public sector executive and entrepreneur.  Along the way, he has been a ditch digger, auto assembly line worker, and jewelry store clerk.  Born in Michigan, he has degrees from Michigan State University, the University of Southern California, and a PhD in Public Communication from the University of Maryland.   While at Maryland, Tim taught undergraduate courses in television and media history.
White started his broadcasting career at age 14 in his hometown, and stayed active in radio and television for decades.  After active military service in the US Air Force, Tim received a Foreign Service appointment as executive producer of film and television with the US Information Agency.  His assignments included Russia, New Guinea, India, Europe, Afghanistan, the Middle East, and Africa. Later, as president of Lives and Legacies Films, he produced documentary films for PBS and other networks.  The projects included award-winning biographies of Margaret Mead, Leonard Bernstein, Buckminster Fuller, John Hope Franklin, I. M. Pei, and others.  As a reporter, anchor, and producer for NBC, Fox, ABC, and PBS affiliates around the country, he won six Emmy awards. He also hosted a show at Paramount Studios in Hollywood.  In 2005, Tim was inducted into the Radio and Television Broadcasters Hall of Fame.  
He served in the US Air Force over thirty years, active and reserve duty, and retired with the rank of brigadier general.  An advocate of life-long learning, Tim finished his PhD twenty years after receiving his undergraduate degree.
Tim White lives in Arlington, Virginia and Cody, Wyoming.  He pursues his interest in Western history and serves on the board of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.  He is currently president of the 145 year old Literary Society of Washington, and a trustee of the US Congressional Historical Society.  His daughter Elizabeth is a rising young executive at Lockheed Martin Corporation in Fort Worth, Texas.

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: