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.

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Congratulations to the Class of 2015 Graduates!

Collage of Winter 2014 Commencement photos

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Campus-wide Commencement Ceremony - Thurs. May 21, 10am, Xfinity Center

The procession of students begins promptly at 9:20am. The campus-wide commencement ceremony is an opportunity for the University President, Dr. Loh, 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.

Departments of Women’s Studies and American Studies Commencement Ceremony - Fri. May 22, 9:30am, Memorial Chapel

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, and master's 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 8:30am, and participating graduates are asked to bring their own cap and gown and report for robing at the Garden Chapel between 8:45-9am. No food or drinks are allowed inside the Chapel and no flash photography during the ceremony.

Immediately following the ceremony there will be a Reception in 2101 Woods Hall -- all Women's Studies Graduates and their families/friends are invited to attend.

No RSVP necessary. We hope you'll stop by!

If you or your guests require special assistance regarding parking, seating, interpreters, etc., please send an email to Ms. Cliffornia Pryor ( as soon as possible.


Departments of Women’s Studies and American Studies Commencement Ceremony, Friday, May 22, 2015, 9:30am, Memorial Chapel
**Reception immediately following ceremony, 2101 Woods Hall**

This event is not only a celebration of the graduating students’ accomplishments at the University of Maryland, but also an occasion to acknowledge our joint enthusiasm for their future endeavors. The university recognizes that commencement is a milestone in our graduates’ lives and, as such, we strive to ensure that everyone enjoys their experience. Women's Studies graduates and their families are cordially invited to a reception immediately following the ceremony in 2101 Woods Hall.

Undergraduate Academic Advising

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 and selecting an available slot.

Summer and Fall 2015 Course Lists

These lists may be helpful in identifying classes of interest, as well as determining which courses may be used to fulfill individual requirements for Women's Studies and LGBT Studies degree programs. Register today! Summer Term 2015: June 1 - August 21

Give to the Laura Nichols Women's Studies Undergraduate Award

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.

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Women's Studies is the home of the LGBT Studies Program

Read more about the move, and about the history of LGBT Studies at UMD.