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Frequently Asked Questions

The ceremony will be livestreamed starting at 1:00 PM on commencement.umd.edu as well as the UMD Facebook and YouTube channels. Graduates and their families can also follow along on the UMD Twitter and Instagram for live updates during the ceremony and opportunities to engage and interact in real-time.

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

At this time, we are no longer able to include additional student photos in the virtual commencement ceremonies. For a chance to be featured in other social media posts, please continue sharing your photos on social media using #UMDgrad.

Individual colleges and/or schools’ virtual ceremonies will be available at 1:30 PM to watch at your own pace following the streaming of the university-wide commencement ceremony. You can find them here


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

Yes, both the university-wide commencement and individual school and college ceremonies will have closed captioning. When viewing the ceremony, click on “CC” or video settings to turn on captions.

Care packages will arrive starting the week of May 18. 

There will be no change in the way students receive their diplomas. Official diplomas will be mailed to you at the address on file with the Registrar’s Office.

For any further questions please contact Diploma Services
301.314.8270 / diploma@umd.edu

Programs will be available digitally as a PDF on our website on May 22, and will be delivered to graduates as part of their care package. 

Yes, we will be announcing details in September on how to participate in the December 2020 in-person commencement ceremony. 

The yearbook is still accepting headshots provided by the students themselves until May 15. Photos can be sent via email to terrapinyearbook@gmail.com.

For any questions about merchandise or licensing please email licensing@umd.edu.

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.