COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WJZ) — The University of Maryland will host its 2020 spring commencement virtually for the first time on Friday, May 22.

The University’s usual in-person commencement has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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The ceremony will start at 1 p.m.


Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer, Class of ’63, will be the commencement speaker along with messages from some other “special surprise” guests.

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The virtual ceremony is the first part of a three-part commencement celebration to honor the graduating Class of 2020.

The University is distributing care packages to all Spring 2020 graduates including the official commencement program, a turtle pin and other items.

Undergraduate seniors will receive a cap and a tassel. The University is also calling for graduates to share photos, videos and messages of their memories, experiences and hope with fellow Terps using the hashtag #UMDgrad.

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