Spring 2021 Commencement

May 20, 1 p.m. EDT

Commencement Countdown









The Smith School's Spring 2021 Commencement will be virtual, and can be accessed on this page on Thursday, May 20. The University of Maryland's Main Commencement will be in-person on Friday, May 21, and details for that can be found at

Commencement Speaker

Kevin Plank ’96

Founder and Executive Chairman of Under Armour

 Kevin Plank knows what it means to be a game-changer. He transformed the world of sports apparel when he launched Under Armour in 1996.

He grew the company, building on its successes, and expanded it into one of the world’s leading developers, innovators, marketers and distributors of branded performance apparel, footwear and accessories. 

Plank served as chief executive officer and chairman of the Board of Directors from 1996 to 2019, and president from 1996 to July 2008 and August 2010 to July 2017. He  then elevated to Under Armour’s executive chairman and brand chief in January 2020.

In 2012, Plank launched an investment company, Sagamore Ventures, to revitalize and grow areas of Baltimore City with holdings in commercial real estate, hospitality, food and beverage, and venture capital. The company has a major equity stake in the Port Covington redevelopment in South Baltimore, a mixed-use project on 235 acres in the area, which includes offices, residential units, retail spaces, parks and boat launches. The company’s investment holdings also include Plank’s whisky distillery, Sagamore Spirit.  

Plank also serves on the Board of Trustees, Johns Hopkins Medicine, the Board of Directors of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, Inc., and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Maryland College Park Foundation.

How to Celebrate!

1. Get your virtual swag, and then brag on yourself

Download digital photo frames, Facebook frames, Facebook and Twitter covers, GIFs, Zoom backgrounds, and printable signs. Add to the conversation and use #UMDSmithGrad on your social media.And don’t forget to show yourself a little love by submitting your information to the Graduate Spotlight Shell-a-bration.

2. Plan your watch party

Start off by watching the Maryland Smith Commencement Ceremony on this page, which goes live on Thursday, May 20 at 1 p.m.

3. Watch the virtual university commencement ceremony

Gather your family and friends, get comfy, and watch commencement on Friday, May 21 at 11 a.m.

4. Get ready to party - virtually - with your classmates

The Smith School will be hosting a live virtual reception at 2:30 p.m. on May 20th following the virtual Maryland Smith ceremony premiere. Check back for more details as we get closer to commencement.

5. Look for your celebration package in summer 2021

We can’t wait to send you a little something to commemorate your graduation and your time at Smith! Keep your eye on the mail this summer.

Virtual Celebration

You’ve worked long and hard to graduate from one of the top business schools in the country! Just because we aren’t able to pack the Xfinity Center with proud family and friends doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate all of the excellence you’ve achieved. Join in the celebration at home by watching the commencement ceremonies, decking out your social media profiles with our virtual swag and plastering your home in congratulatory signs! 

Virtual Swag 

Graduation Cap Contest

Get into the celebratory mood by decorating your mortarboard and entering our photo contest. The rules are as follows: 

  1. Be creative with your decorations, but steer clear of profanity or other inappropriate words and/or images. 
  2. Post a photo of your creation on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, and hashtag it #UMDSmithGrad. Then email your entry to along with your name, address and phone number. 

If you opted out of regalia this year but would like to participate, check out this video on how to DIY a mortarboard.

Deadline: December 16, 2020

Winners will be announced on December 18. The top three winners will receive a package of Smith Swag. You must complete the steps above to be eligible to win. Questions? Email:

Program Brochure Cover

Winter 2020 Digital Commencement Program

You can download your commencement program here to follow along with the ceremony at home (and to enjoy seeing your name in print!).



Add to our virtual message board with a photo, message or literal shout out for your grad!


Take a photographic journey down memory lane and revisit your favorite campus landmarks, classrooms, events, College Park classics, and of course, Van Munching Hall. 


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