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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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Ya estamos en plena temporada de resfriados, gripes y virus, y usted quizá ya es consciente de que hubo varios casos de infecciones de Adenovirus entre nuestros estudiantes durante el semestre pasado y las vacaciones.

It is flu and virus season and you may be aware that there were a number of cases of Adenovirus infections in students living on and off campus last semester and during break. Adenoviruses are common causes of colds, but there are strains that can cause more serious illness. It is important that our community takes this strain seriously.

As part of The University of Maryland’s commitment to advance collegiate substance use education, intervention and programs and to eliminate stigma associated with addiction, the University is collaborating with The Haven at College as part of our multifaceted approach to students in, or in need of, recovery. 

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. 

Mar 15 : North Campus Residence Halls close, 7 p.m.; South Campus Service Desks close, 7 p.m.; Dining halls close for Spring Break, 2 p.m.
Mar 16 : Spring break begins
Mar 24 : North Campus residence halls open, 10 a.m.; South Campus Service Desks resume 24-hour operations, 9 a.m.; Dining halls open, 4 p.m.
Mar 24 : Spring break ends
May 14 : Last day of Spring Semester classes