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Senior Year

Maryland Seniors photo with President Loh
2 female student one with red M painted on her cheek

Senior year is a time of finalization, reflection, and transition. In addition to wrapping up coursework, many students are also completing internships and conducting a search for graduate school or full-time employment. While balancing these responsibilities, students also spend time celebrating and reflecting on their college careers, checking off items on their UMD or College Park “bucket list” by attending university and community events. As the year’s end approaches, students prepare for a major transition; in a short time, they will be saying “see you later” to familiar faces and environment. Families can provide important emotional and practical support during this transition.

The senior mentality seems to be “work hard, play hard” as students balance completing their degree requirements and solidifying post-graduation plans with soaking in last opportunities and festivities. Senior students might also battle occasional lapses of motivation commonly known as “senioritis.” Many students will be excited to celebrate their post-graduation arrangements, but students without firm post-graduation plans might feel directionless or worried. With Commencement seemingly around the corner, a bittersweet feeling combines students’ real-world trepidation with readiness for their next steps.

As your student searches for job or graduate school opportunities, encourage both proactivity and patience, and remind them of the many resources available to aid with their job search. Seek opportunities to scaffold independence for your student. If they haven’t already learned, teach them about bill paying and other processes, and transfer more responsibility to them to prepare them for full independence after graduation. If applicable, discuss student loan repayment. Finally, attend Commencement and celebrate your student’s achievements!

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I’m writing today to provide an update on Adenovirus on our campus. 

I am writing to make you aware of a campus-wide communication that was distributed to students yesterday, as well as some FAQs from the University Health Center that include important information for parents/families about health concerns related to adenovirus.

Flu and other virus season is upon us again and I’m writing with some things to consider. We are seeing many ill students (as is typical in the fall) with fevers and sick symptoms for a variety of reasons.

Katherine Tully, Ph.D., assistant professor of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture at the University of Maryland, was recently awarded $1.1 million by the National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to further her research on sea-level rise and saltwater intrusion on Maryland's Eastern Shore. 

Monday, June 25, 2018

The University of Maryland has named Damon Evans as Athletic Director of the Maryland Terrapins.

The University of Maryland announces today that former Vice President Al Gore will deliver the university’s commencement address on Sunday, May 20, 2018. 

Jan 21 : Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday (no classes; university closed)
Jan 28 : First day of Spring Semester classes