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Congratulations Class of 2024

Class of 2024

Can you believe it? You're almost a Terp alum!

Are you graduating in May 2024? 

We are excited to celebrate you and your accomplishments all throughout the semester leading up to your Commencement in May. 

Learn about our upcoming events specifically for graduating students and ways to stay connected with your Alumni Association once you officially become a Terp alum.

Save the Dates: Upcoming Programs & Events

Daryll Pines, in graduation regalia, throwing confetti with Testudo.

1. Grad Fair
March 5-6 | 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
University Book Center

The event will provide an opportunity to purchase regalia and participate in the senior class gift initiative. Other services include class rings, special pricing on diploma frames, custom doctoral regalia fittings, professional photography, and information from the young alumni travel agency.

Learn More Here

Two students celebrating Grad Bash 2023

2. Grad Bash
May 8 | 5-7:30 p.m.
SECU Stadium & Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center 

Join us for our annual Grad Bash event to celebrate your success, complete with a DJ, photobooth, heavy appetizers, raffle prizes and more! New this year, we will be creating your Class of 2024 at SECU Stadium, in partnership with the Division of Student Affairs and Department of Athletics. 

All students who register in advance will receive a free drink ticket for the event. There will also be a cash bar available. Registration coming soon. 

Before You Graduate

1. Participate in the Senior Class Gift Initiative

Terp Alum Tassel Charm

Leave your legacy and be a part of Maryland’s senior class gift tradition. Contribute a one time, $10 donation to the senior class gift fund and receive a custom Terp Alum tassel charm to wear at all Commencement activities. Students who participate will also be recognized at the Main Commencement Ceremony in May. 

All proceeds from the class gift will go towards the Keep Me Maryland Fund, which provides emergency funding to students who are at risk of leaving the university due to unmet financial need. This fund was selected by a group of your Class of 2024 peers.

FAQ

There are 3 ways to participate in the senior class gift initiative: 

1. You can add the senior class gift donation to your online regalia purchase as an "accessory" item OR purchase the "legacy package" which includes the $10 donation amount in the package cost. 

2. You can contribute in store at Grad Fair (March 5-6) at the University Book Center in the Adele H. Stamp Student Union.

3. You can donate on Giving Day (March 6) to the Senior Class Gift Fund. 

All graduating students who participate in the senior class gift fund will receive a special turtle shell tassel charm, to add to your graduation cap. 

Keep Me Maryland provides emergency funding to students who are at risk of leaving the university due to unmet financial need. 

Founded during the worst of the national economic crisis in 2009, the fund gets requests from over 3,000 students every year who are facing family financial loss or illness, or who are simply struggling independently to pay utility bills, buy books and food. 100% of donor contributions are used to assist students who would otherwise drop out of school. Your gifts really do make a difference: 92% of fund recipients have graduated or are still here at Maryland.

Over 600 students have been assisted and over $1.4m awarded, with an average award of $2,000 per student. Funds may be used toward tuition, books, housing, food, anything the student needs to finish their studies at Maryland.

Yes, in order to be recognized as a senior class gift participant at the Main Commencement Ceremony, you must donate by April 17. 

2. Check out the Commencement website

Wondering when your individual academic college ceremony is? Need information to share with your friends and family about Commencement? Be sure to check out the Commencement website at commencement.umd.edu

3. Finish your Bucket List items

Three Recent Graduates in full graduation regalia proudly present their M Book Lanyards for completing the UMD Bucket List

Be sure to finish all 20 items on our M Book Bucket List before you graduate! For every 5 items that you complete, you'll receive a commemorative pin. When you complete all 20, you'll receive our Traditions Keeper medallion to proudly wear at Commencement.

Questions? Contact Rose Ligsay, the Alumni Association's Program Manager for Engagement & Outreach at rligsay@umd.edu.

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May 2022 graduates celebrate at the Alumni Association's Commencement Celebration in Moxley Gardens.