Congratulations to the class of 2019!

Commencement is not only a celebration of our graduating students’ accomplishments at the University of Maryland, but also an occasion to acknowledge our joint enthusiasm for your future endeavors in journalism and beyond.

The university recognizes that commencement is a milestone in our graduates’ lives and, as such, we strive to ensure that everyone enjoys their experience.

Winter 2019 Ceremony

The winter 2019 ceremony was held Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 10 a.m. in The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Povich Center director George Solomon and broadcast journalism major Thomas Mason were the speakers.

Spring 2019 Ceremony

The spring 2019 ceremony was held Thursday, May 23 at 10 a.m. in Ritchie Coliseum. Washington Post reporter Chelsea Janes and multi-platform journalism major Daniel Oyefusi were the speakers.

Winter 2018 Ceremony

Merrill College’s commencement was Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 10 a.m. in the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center’s Kay Theatre. Capital News Service broadcast director Sue Kopen Katcef and multiplatform journalism major Jonathan Orbach were the speakers.

Spring 2018 Ceremony

Merrill College’s commencement was held Monday, May 21 at 10 a.m. in Ritchie Coliseum. ESPN journalist Jemele Hill was the guest speaker and broadcast journalism major Alexander Flum was the student speaker.

Winter 2017 Ceremony

Merrill College’s commencement was held Wednesday, Dec. 20 at 10 a.m. in the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center’s Kay Theater.

Spring 2017 Ceremony

Merrill College’s Commencement was held Saturday, May 20 at 3 p.m. in the Memorial Chapel.

The Washington Post's David Fahrenthold gives the keynote address during Merrill College's commencement exercise.

Commencement speaker David Fahrenthold of the Washington Post spoke to a packed crowd. Photo – Grad Images.

The student speaker, as chosen by our graduating seniors, was Cam Rogers.

Main Commencement – was on May 21 at 1 p.m. in the Xfinity Center. It was streamed live and broadcast on UMTV. Film producer and former MLB player Mark Ciardi was the commencement speaker.


Graduating students received a decorative print specially designed by the university for the academic year at the commencement ceremony.

The Student Services Office clears undergraduate candidates for graduation once all semester grades have been filed, at which point the Diploma Office will mail out diplomas. Graduate students are cleared by the Graduate School, and diplomas are mailed in a similar fashion.

Diplomas are mailed to the address students have provided on their diploma applications. If this information has recently changed for you, make sure the Diploma Office in the Mitchell Building is notified. Students are advised to keep their address updated on Testudo.

Need more information? Contact: Serap Rada.


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