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Winter 2021 Commencement Ceremonies Postponed

Due to a sharp increase in the number of COVID-19 cases on our campus, it is with a heavy heart that we are postponing all winter commencement activities scheduled for Dec. 20-22, 2021. All winter graduates will be invited to the spring ceremony in May.

Read President Pines' Message to Graduates

Please watch this message from student commencement speaker Kiara Anthony ‘21 and President Darryll J. Pines. Congratulations to our Class of 2021!

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Winter 2021 Graduates

Learn about student commencement speaker Kiara Anthony ‘21, who is graduating with a degree in government and politics. 

Looking for other ways to celebrate? Winter 2021 graduates and their family and friends can use these lawn signs, banners and more to celebrate, congratulate, and share pride in our UMD graduates.

Winter 2021 graduates will receive a special care package at their homes in recognition of their academic accomplishment. 

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Dear Winter 2021 Graduates:

It is with a heavy heart that we must inform you that we are postponing the Winter Commencement ceremonies scheduled for December 20-22, 2021.

Like many areas in our region and across the country, the University of Maryland has experienced a sharp increase in the number of positive COVID-19 cases over the past few days. Given our continued priority on the health and well-being of our campus community, it is only prudent to make the hard decision to cancel these exercises.

All Winter 2021 graduates will be invited to attend the Spring 2022 commencement ceremony on May 20, 2022. Additional details will be forthcoming.

We know this news is disappointing, and apologize for any inconvenience. Please know that it takes nothing away from your incredible accomplishments in completing your degree at the University of Maryland. As we enter into the holiday season, please stay healthy and safe – and we hope to see you all in May.

If you have specific questions, please contact


2021-22 Commencement Committee

Spring Commencement

The University of Maryland will hold its campuswide Spring 2022 Commencement on Friday, May 20th, 2022. The ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. at the XFINITY Center. Jeff Kinney – bestselling author and illustrator – will address both winter and spring graduates during the May ceremony.

Individual college and school ceremonies will be held on Wednesday, May 18th & Thursday, May 19th.


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