Last Day of Spring 2017 Classes

Thursday, May 11, 2017
Final exams are scheduled from Saturday, May 13 through Friday, May 19.

Lavender Graduation

Friday, May 19, 2pm, Memorial Chapel
Sponsored by the LGBT Equity Center

Lavender Graduation recognizes an important milestone in the lives of our LGBTQ and Allied graduates. Each LGBTQA graduate will receive a rainbow tassel and a certificate of distinction. This event also provides an opportunity for our community to come together and honor those among us who have worked to make College Park a better place for LGBTQ people.

Graduates at all levels (certificates, bachelors, masters, doctoral) are especially encouraged to attend and bring family, friends, and other significant individuals in their lives. This may include members of faculty or staff. Of course, all faculty and staff as well as alumni are invited. Lavender Graduation is only held in May. Thus, December graduates are invited to join us at either the closest Lavender Graduation prior to or following their December graduation.

Dressy casual attire is recommended. Academic regalia is optional. Please RSVP at

Campus-wide Commencement Ceremony

Sunday, May 21, 2017, 1pm, Xfinity Center
The procession of students begins promptly at 12:20 p.m. 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.

Departments of Women’s Studies and American Studies Commencement Ceremony

Monday, May 22, 2017, 5:30pm, Dekelboum, The Clarice Smith Performing Art Center
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.

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

Summer Term 2017 Begins

Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Summer Term 2017, Session I courses begin. Learn more about registering for Summer Term courses and summer session dates – Office of Extended Studies,

For a list of Women’s Studies, LGBT Studies, and Black Women’s Studies courses currently being offered, please visit our courses page.

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? Contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Elsa Barkley Brown at Or, make an advising appointment with the undergraduate advisor, Dr. JV Sapinoso, by visiting and selecting an available slot.


Call for Proposals – Making Interventions, Friday, October 13, 2017

Proposals due Friday, June 16, 2017, 5:00PM EST
The Department of Women’s Studies Graduate Student Association (WMSTGSA) invites proposals for their 3rd biennial Interventions symposium, to be held on Friday, October 13, 2017 at the University of Maryland. The WMSTGSA envisions “interventions” as opportunities for learning and teaching with their students, colleagues, and communities within and outside the university. Making Interventions provides a forum for sharing and developing collaborative, creative, and interdisciplinary feminist scholarship.

Find the full call for proposals here. Please submit individual or group proposals online at

Questions? Contact the WMSTGSA at