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University of Maryland to Host Winter 2017 Commencement

December 14, 2017

Jennifer Burroughs, 301-405-4621

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland’s winter 2017 main commencement ceremony will take place on Dec. 19, 2017. Graduates will celebrate the culmination of their UMD experience while receiving a commencement address by Congressman Elijah E. Cummings, who will also receive an honorary doctorate of public service from the university. He will be joined by this year’s student speaker, Rachel Smith, who is graduating with a degree in immigration and ethnic studies. 



  • University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh
  • Commencement Speaker Elijah E. Cummings, United States Congressman, Maryland 7th District 
  • Student Commencement Speaker Rachel Smith
  • December Class of 2017 University of Maryland Graduates


Tuesday, December 19, 2017

  • Processional – 5:40 p.m.
  • Ceremony – 6:00 p.m.

*Media should arrive prior to the processional*


Xfinity Center, University of Maryland, College Park

Xfinity Center is located on Paint Branch Dr. near the intersection of Paint Branch Dr. and Route 193 (University Blvd.) Click here for directions.


To ensure access to the ceremony, media must RSVP and show credentials upon entry. Media must park in lot 4B and enter the Xfinity Center through the loading dock. 


The ceremony will be streamed live on the University of Maryland’s YouTube channel here.


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