Winter 2020 UMD Commencement Turtle Illustration

Celebrating Our Terp Graduates

Friday, May 21, 2021

The University of Maryland will be holding its campuswide Spring 2021 Commencement in person on Friday, May 21, 2021. In order to accommodate all graduates while practicing safe physical distancing, the ceremonies will be held at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium.

President Pines' Announcement

Graduates will be assigned a designated ceremony time based on their college and/or unit.

11 a.m.

  •   College of Arts and Humanities
  •   College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
  •   Robert H. Smith School of Business
  •   College of Education
  •   Philip Merrill College of Journalism
  •   School of Public Policy

4 p.m.

  •   College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  •   School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
  •   College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences
  •   A. James Clark School of Engineering
  •   College of Information Studies
  •   School of Public Health
  •   Undergraduate Studies

The in person ceremony will last approximate 60 minutes each.

Graduates will be permitted to bring no more than two (2) guests to their assigned ceremony. 

To ensure everyone’s safety, and in accordance with University COVID-19 protocols, masks will be required and ticketing will be for assigned seats to ensure guests are physically distanced. Furthermore, there will be no student procession and graduates will be recognized from their seats. 

Both ceremonies will also be available via live stream on this website as well as on the university’s YouTube channels.

College and school ceremonies will still be held virtually to celebrate our 2021 graduates. These ceremonies will premiere on Thursday May 20 at 1 p.m. on this website. 

Find details and answers to frequently asked questions.

All campus events are contingent on evolving COVID-19 conditions and guidelines from the Prince George's County health department. Hosting successful in-person commencement ceremonies will depend on everyone doing their part, and remaining diligent in following our 4 Maryland guidelines.

UMD Graduates tossing graduation caps

2020 Graduates

Spring 2020 and Winter 2020 graduates are invited to attend the in-person campuswide commencement ceremony on Friday, May 21, 2021. 

Interested 2020 graduates were required to RSVP by May 7, 2021.


Tickets are required for all graduates and their guests. Tickets will be limited to 1 student and 2 guests. Tickets may not be transferred to other graduates or ceremony times nor will requests for additional tickets be granted. 

Tickets will be assigned seating in order to ensure safe distancing between all attendees. There will be no student processional to prevent gathering. Graduates and their guests will be seated together in “pods” of three. 

Graduates will be able to claim tickets through their athletic online ticket account. Exact date of ticket release is to be determined. Graduates will be able to register with their University ID number starting on May 5 at 12 PM. An email will go out on May 5 with directions.

Tickets will be emailed to all graduates shortly after the request has been processed. 

Find answers to additional frequently asked questions about tickets. If you have additional questions, please contact the Athletics Ticket Office at 301.314.7070.  

Commencement Graduate Care Package Items

Care Packages

The university will distribute care packages to all Spring 2021 graduates.

Care packages will be sent to all graduates in two separate mailings via USPS. One package will include the official commencement poster and pin along with other items. The second package will include the Spring 2021 commencement program. Undergraduate seniors will receive a cap and tassel.

Care packages will be sent the first week of May with programs to arrive the week of May 19. In order to ensure a timely arrival of your care package, please ensure your permanent address is up to date in Testudo by Monday, April 19, 2021.

PhD graduates will receive a special program that will be sent to them after commencement on May 21. 

Graduation Cap

#UMDGrad - Share Your Photos and Videos!

Students had the opportunity for their photos to be included in either the campus-wide commencement ceremony or the college and school ceremonies, by submitting photos via email or on social media using #UMDgrad by May 6, 2021


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