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UMD to hold outdoor commencement for Spring 2021 graduates

The University of Maryland, College Park Wednesday announced plans for in-person, outdoor commencement exercises May 21 at Maryland Stadium.

In collaboration with Prince George’s County, plans for commencement prioritize safety while celebrating the success of graduates amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The event will also be streamed live at

The ceremony will include remarks from Peter Chapman, president and CEO of IonQ, an industry leader in quantum computing which was founded on UMD research, among others, and headquartered in the University of Maryland Discovery District.

Graduates plus two guests will be invited to attend the physically distanced commencement activities. Based on the school or college of the graduate, they will be invited to attend one of two main commencement ceremonies on campus. The university will also invite Spring 2020 and Winter 2020 graduates back to campus to be celebrated in person on May 21.

Individual colleges and schools will host their commencement ceremonies virtually on May 20 featuring remarks from deans and displaying the names of every graduate.

All campus events are contingent on evolving COVID-19 conditions and guidelines from the Prince George’s County health department. Hosting successful in-person commencement ceremonies will depend on everyone doing their part, and remaining diligent in following the university’s 4 Maryland guidelines.

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