Last evening, the University of Maryland announced to cancel all winter commencement activities, including the main ceremony scheduled for Dec. 20 and all college, school and department ceremonies scheduled for Dec. 21 and 22.
The announcement reads: “This decision was not made lightly. We know how important this time is for our winter graduates and their families, but our first responsibility must continue to be the health and well-being of our community.”
All winter graduates will be invited to the spring ceremony in May.
Additionally, the announcement also includes:
- All indoor social gatherings where mask-wearing cannot be strictly enforced should be canceled through Dec. 22.
- All dining halls and the Stamp Student Union food court will transition to grab-and-go options only. This went into effect earlier yesterday.
- RecWell facilities will maintain their finals hours of operation schedule through Dec. 21; however, basketball, volleyball and racquetball activities will be suspended immediately. All RecWell facilities will be closed Dec. 22-Jan. 2, with a limited reopening tentatively scheduled for Jan. 3.
- Students who live in residence halls will be required to depart campus 24 hours after their final on-campus exam.