Winter 2020 UMD Commencement Turtle Illustration

Celebrating Our Terp Graduates

The University of Maryland held 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 were held at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium.

View Commencement Program (PDF)

You can watch the ceremony above, as well as on the UMD’s YouTube channel. For technical assistance, please visit our FAQs or email Closed captioning is provided for both the main and individual ceremonies. When viewing the ceremony, click on “CC” or video settings to turn on captions.

President Darryll J. Pines and Testudo throwing confetti

Spring 2021 Commencement

The university hosted spring 2021 commencement exercises on May 21, 2021 to celebrate 2020 and Spring 2021 graduates. In person at Maryland Stadium and streamed live at and on UMD's Youtube channel, the ceremony featured remarks from President Darryll J. Pines, student speaker Hannah Rhee ‘21, IonQ President and CEO Peter Chapman, and more.

Leading up to and during commencement, graduates were encouraged to share their memories on social media using #UMDgrad. See Terps’ photos and reflections on Twitter and Instagram. 

Colleges and schools hosted their own virtual commencement ceremonies on May 20 at 1 PM. These ceremonies featured remarks from deans and displayed the names of every graduate.

UMD Graduates tossing graduation caps

2020 Graduates

Spring 2020 and Winter 2020 graduates were 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.

Commencement Graduate Care Package Items

Care Packages

The university distributed care packages to all Spring 2021 graduates.

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

Care packages were sent the first week of May with programs to arrive the week of May 19. In order to ensure a timely arrival of care packages, graduates were asked to update their 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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