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Frequently Asked Questions


General Information

The University of Maryland will be holding its campuswide Commencement in person on Friday, May 20th, 2022.  The ceremony will be held at 12 p.m. at Maryland Stadium

A live stream of the ceremony will also be available on commencement.umd.edu

The ceremony will last approximately 75 minutes. 

Safety Guidelines

Yes. There will be a student processional.

No. Graduates will remain seated for the duration of the ceremony. 

Graduates will be recognized at their respective individual colleges’ ceremonies on Wednesday, May 18th, Thursday, May 19th and Friday, May 20th.

All attendees will be required to follow current COVID-19 health and safety guidelines. Please visit this website for the most current information.
 

There is no cost to park in any metered or permitted space. ADA spaces still require an ADA permit or plate. Fire lanes, roadways and landscapes are not valid parking spaces.

General Parking and Direction Information

Maryland Stadium

  • Graduates - Graduates and anyone driving a graduate may park in lots 1b, 1c, 1d and 1f. 
  • Accessible Parking - Anyone with an ADA permit or needing accessible parking may park in Stadium Drive Garage. Please speak to the attendants at the entrance before driving in. Additionally, there is a height limit of 6 feet 7 inches on the garage. If you wish to park in Stadium Drive Garage, please ensure your vehicle is below this height. 
  • Guests - Guests are asked to park in lots 4, 6, 9 and 11 around the Xfinity Center. Shuttle service will be provided from these lots to and from Maryland Stadium. 

Xfinity Center

  • General guest parking is in lots 4, 6, 9 and 11. Anyone with an ADA permit or otherwise needing accessible parking should park on the 2nd floor of Terrapin Trail Garage. Drivers should go in through the middle entrance of the garage. 

Armory

  • General guest parking is available in Regents Drive Garage. For guests needing an accessible location, there is an accessible drop-off point in lot QQ (behind the Armory) if the individuals are being driven. After drop off, vehicles should then park in Regents Drive Garage and may return at any point to pick up in the same location. Drivers needing accessible parking should park in Regents Drive Garage and take the shuttle bus to the Armory. Elevators in Regents Drive Garage are available in the corners of each level.

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

  • There are a handful of roadway spaces along Alumni Drive that are signed for ADA permits. Aside from that, there are ADA spaces inside the Stadium Drive Garage. All of these are first-come, first-served. If those spaces are filled, the entirety of Stadium Drive Garage is available (and free, as noted above). Elevators are located at either end of the garage. 

The Chapel and Marie Mount Hall

  • Guests to the Chapel and Marie Mount Hall should park in Regents Drive Garage and walk or take the shuttle bus to their commencement locations. Guests who need accessible parking may park in one of the ADA-signed spaces along Chapel Drive. They may also park at one of the few meters in front of and behind the Chapel after speaking to the attendants there. These spaces are first-come, first-served. Other guests needing accessible parking should park in Regents Drive Garage and take the shuttle to their commencement location. Elevators in Regents Drive Garage are available in the corners of each level.

Ritchie Coliseum 

  • Guests to Ritchie Coliseum should park in lots 16a, 16b, 16f, J1, J2 and K3, all of which are located on the east side of Rt. 1 along with and surrounding Ritchie Coliseum. Guests needing accessible parking should speak to the attendant at the entrance to J2 immediately next to Ritchie Coliseum. Accessible parking in this location is available on a first-come, first-served basis and, if full, guests may have to park in one of the surrounding lots and walk or park in Regents Drive Garage and take the shuttle to Ritchie. Elevators in Regents Drive Garage are available in the corners of each level.

Yes, concessions will be available on site with water and food options. Only cashless payment options are available.

Commencement Ceremonies

The campuswide commencement ceremony will be live-streamed starting at 12 p.m. on commencement.umd.edu as well as the UMD YouTube channel. Graduates and their families can also follow along on the UMD Twitter and Instagram for live updates during the ceremony with opportunities to engage and interact in real-time using the #UMDGrad hashtag.

Leading up to and during commencement, graduates are encouraged to share their memories on social media using #UMDGrad. See Terps’ photos and reflections and join the conversation on Twitter and Instagram.


Graduates are offered the chance for photos to be featured during the campuswide commencement ceremony by submitting photos through the website or social media by May 5, 2022.


Yes, the ceremony will be available on commencement.umd.edu for any subsequent viewing following the live stream.

Yes, the campuswide commencement ceremony will have closed captioning. When viewing the ceremony, click on “CC” or video settings to turn on captions.

The ceremony can play on most browsers such as Safari, Chrome, Firefox, iOS or Android. A hardline connection over a wireless router (WiFi) is more consistent for carrying streaming video. 

Minimize local network congestion. If you can, ask others to limit activity during the event. 
Close out other running programs while viewing. Other open browser tabs, email, etc all use data and resources that will impact your computer’s streaming watching performance.

Reboot your computer or mobile device if it has been running for several days. Devices can become sluggish after running continuously for days.

In the event of buffering or other issues, first try refreshing your browser, and if the issue is not resolved try quitting and re-starting the stream.

Ticketing

Tickets are required for all graduates and their six (6) guests. 

Graduates will receive an email on April 25 giving them access to their six (6) tickets.

Winter 2021 graduates will receive an email on April 25 giving them access to their six (6) tickets. The emails will be sent to the last email the graduate had on file in TESTUDO. If your email address has changed, please fill out this form.

Spring 2022 graduates must claim tickets by Friday, May 13th.

Tickets will be limited to 1 for the graduate and six (6) guests.

The request period for extra tickets for the campus-wide ceremony has closed. Graduates can retrieve their six (6) guest tickets from the email they received on April 25. No additional tickets are available.

No. Tickets may not be transferred to other graduates and/or their guests. 

Children two and under do not require a ticket.

If you have any questions, please contact the Athletics Ticket Office at 301.314.7070.

Yes. The Box Office at Maryland Stadium will be open 60 minutes prior to the ceremony (11 a.m.) and will close once the ceremony begins.

Please contact the Office of Special Events, commencement@umd.edu, to discuss options.

Yes. Captions will be available on all screens and there will be a designated live ASL interpreter section. Please contact the Office of Special Events, commencement@umd.edu, to request ASL.

All members of our community are welcome and encouraged to participate by watching the live stream at commencement.umd.edu.

Programs

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

The program will be handed out at the main commencement ceremony. The program will also be available digitally as a PDF on the commencement website.

Yes. Please complete the request form here. Please note we will only provide a maximum of 5 copies of each item. 

Extra programs and posters will be shipped after commencement starting mid-June.

Regalia

ON CAMPUS (UNIVERSITY BOOK CENTER)
Academic regalia is available for purchase from the University Book Center (UBC). The UBC will continue to provide regalia services up until commencement. Gown sizing and hood colors may be limited after April 20th. Along with full regalia packages, the UBC will stock individual pieces, including the tassel, stole, and hood. 
 

Yes, wearing regalia is required.

Other

Yes. Please contact Bradley Bower (bbower@umd.edu) if interested.

Official diplomas will be mailed to the address listed when applying for graduation via Testudo. Applications for graduating in May 2022 were due February 4th. 

For any further questions or if you need to change your mailing address, please contact Diploma Services: 301.314.8270 / diploma@umd.edu

Students and families can order the 2021 - 2022 yearbook and schedule or submit photos at www.terrapinyearbook.com

Photos may be submitted at www.terrapinyearbook.com. For any questions, please email terrapinyearbook@gmail.com

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