The Women's Studies department and faculty at the University of Maryland enjoy an international reputation for theoretical and methodological innovations and for their attention to curriculum transformation and transnational women's and gender studies institution building.
We encourage you to explore our website to learn about the resources available for Women's Studies research, scholarship, and community at Maryland.
The procession of students begins promptly at 6:40pm. The campus-wide commencement ceremony represents the culmination of a student’s academic career at the University of Maryland. Unlike the individual college or school ceremonies, it is an opportunity for the president to congratulate the graduates as a group. Although graduates do not walk across the stage in the campus-wide ceremony, it is in this ceremony that the degrees are officially conferred. At the end of the ceremony, the graduates will turn their tassels from the right to the left, symbolizing the transition from student to alumnus. The university encourages graduates, their family and friends to attend this approximately 90-minute event marking the beginning of the two-day commencement celebration.
In this more intimate commencement ceremony, the Departments of Women's Studies and American Studies will recognize each graduate individually as their names are called and they walk across the stage. Students receiving bachelor degrees in Women's Studies, as well as those receiving any one of the department's four undergraduate certificates or minors, the graduate certificate, master's degree, and doctoral degree are invited to walk in the departmental ceremony. Graduates may bring as many guests as they wish; no tickets are necessary. Doors to the Memorial Chapel will open for seating at approximately 11:15am, and participating graduates are asked to bring their own cap and gown and report for robing at the Garden Chapel between 11:15am-11:30am. No food or drinks are allowed inside the Chapel and no flash photography during the ceremony.
If you or your guests require special assistance regarding parking, seating, interpreters, etc., please send an email to Ms. Cliffornia Pryor (email@example.com) as soon as possible.
We are happy to announce that WMST PhD candidate Angel Miles is the recipient of the 2016 University of Maryland Graduate Student Distinguished Service Award, as well as the 2016 PCEMI Ethnic Minority Achievement Graduate Student Award! These campus wide service awards are in recognition of Angel's activism on behalf of disability rights.
Thanks to all who joined us and made this event a success - it was stimulating and inspirational! For highlights and pictures of the event, see the May 6 edition of the Undergraduate E-News Bulletin.
Please join us in celebrating Dr. Horton-Stallings whose book, Funk the Erotic: Transaesthetics and Black Sexual Cultures, has just been awarded The Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association 2016 Emily Toth Award for the Best Single Work by One or More Authors in Women’s Issues in Popular and American Culture as well as named a 2016 Lambda Literary Award Finalist in LGBT Studies!
The Department of Women's Studies introduces a regular e-newsletter for undergraduate students with information of relevance to those in the WMST major and certificate program, the LGBT Studies certificate and minor program, and the Black Women’s Studies minor. This newsletter will serve as a clearinghouse for announcements about upcoming events and deadlines as well as internship, research, and job opportunities. Find the Undergraduate E-Newsletter here.
The Department of Women's Studies offers five options for undergraduate students: Major in Women's Studies; Certificate in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Studies; Certificate in Women's Studies; Minor in LGBT Studies; and a Minor in Black Women's Studies. Want to find out more? Make an advising appointment with the undergraduate advisor, Dr. JV Sapinoso, by visiting ter.ps/meetJV and selecting an available slot. Looking for classes? Review the lists of current course offerings.
From her arrival at the University of Maryland in 1987 to her retirement from the Department of Women's Studies in 2014, Laura Nichols served as Academic Advisor to all Women’s Studies majors and certificate students and also advised Black Women’s Studies minors. Her dedication to students’ success was unwavering and part of the legacy we hope to preserve through this award. Support this fund with a tax-deductible donation. Find out more about this and other Women's Studies giving opportunities.