Center for Campus Life

Memorial Chapel

Although the Chapel is one of the University's most visible icons, many are unaware of its role as a Memorial to those Maryland students, alumni, faculty and staff who made the ultimate sacrifice.
The Chaplaincies work collectively to serve the spiritual needs of the University of Maryland.
Anyone is welcome to reserve space in Memorial Chapel regardless of their affiliation to the University.
$200,000 grant from the TKF Foundation to create a garden of Reflection and Remembrance on the South side of the Chapel.

Mission Statement

The Memorial Chapel is a multi-faceted campus facility serving numerous on-and off- campus populations and is home to a diverse range of events and personnel. Dedicated in 1952 as a living memorial to members of the University community that gave their lives in times of war, the Memorial Chapel is the center of religious life on campus and supports all fourteen university recognized chaplaincies and their programs. In addition, it is the site for weddings, concerts, lectures, convocations, commencements and other special events throughout the year.

Host your wedding at the Memorial Chapel.

Upcoming Events

Wind Down Wednesday Returns - July 30th

Reflect on life's diversity as you take in the stunning multifaith Tree of Life art work.

Listen to mellow saxophone music from UMD's Tom Ruggieri while enjoying a simple lunch and quiet conversation.

Walk the meditative outdoor labyrinth before heading back to work or study.

To reserve a complimentary turkey or vegetarian lunch, please email or call us at 301-314-9866. Wind Down Wednesday will continue at the Garden Chapel on July 30, from noon to 1:30pm!

Catholic Student Center Mass - July 2014 

Catholic Mass will take place at the Catholic Student Center (4141 Guiliford Dr., College Park, MD) at 5pm on Saturdays and 10am on Sundays throughout the month of July. 

For more information about the UMD Catholic Student Center, click here.  

Sky Yoga Class

Mondays, June 2 - July 21, 2014; 4:00-5:00pm 

In partnership with the Stamp Art and Learning Center, the Memorial Chapel invites you to Sky Yoga. The sessions are held outdoors in the serene and lush Garden of Reflection and Remembrance at the chapel. Attendees are asked to bring a yoga mat, water bottle and towel to class.

Price: $48.00/ $50.00/ $60.00*

*For each class, the three price rates are as follows: UMD students/ mid-rate for university affiliates (faculty/staff/alumni)/general public

For more information, contact: 
Neal McKinney
Art and Learning Center
+1 301 314 8493

Chapel Hours for the Summer

Monday through Friday

8 AM-5:30 PM

Upcoming Wedding & All-Event Open Houses

Come join us to learn more about renting the chapel for your wedding ceremony or other special event! All are welcome, and the event is free.

- August 4th, 2-8pm

- August 17th, 2-4:30pm

GardenConnect at Memorial Chapel

Come check out Memorial Chapel’s unique interactive tour for young children (6-12), GardenConnect! It is a great opportunity to learn about University of Maryland’s campus, the beautiful garden surrounding the Chapel, as well as the Chapel itself, one of UMD’s most iconic landmarks. This program is free of charge and we tailor the tour to fit both the age group and the specific interests of the children. Contact Denise McHugh, Chapel Coordinator, for more information about placing a reservation. Funded by Open Spaces, Sacred Places. 

Main Chapel, Garden Chapel and Gardens: Open for Reflection 

Need a place to decompress, relax, meditate, or pray? Come by the Main or the Garden (West) Chapels, typically open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00p.m. Monday through Friday. The Memorial Chapel is proud to announce that the interfaith Tree of Life has been permanently installed in the Garden (West) Chapel and invite those of all backgrounds and faiths to visit the space to admire the gorgeous work of art and to take time to pray, relax, and reflect. The Garden of Reflection and Remembrance is also available during daylight hours, and equally as welcoming and relaxing.

Events at the Chapel this Summer

It's summertime and the living is easy, at least at the Chapel! Come and check out the Chapel this summer and stay posted with our events. Get your name added to the Chapel's event list-serve by sending your name and email address to

West Chapel Renamed: Garden Chapel

The West Chapel has officially been renamed the Garden Chapel, in honor of the new installation of the Tree of Life, a community art project that reflects the Tree of Life symbol in the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim faiths. Those of all backgrounds and faiths are invited to visit the space to admire the gorgeous work of art and to take time to pray, relax, and reflect.


The Memorial Chapel is now on Instagram!

Check us out: @chapelumd

2002 Class Gift

Learn about the 2002 Class Gift here.
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Faith Survey
Interested in learning more about the faith communities and chaplaincies on campus? Click here and fill out the University's faith preference survey to receive information.

Chapel Garden
In a time when most people run their lives with an overcrowded calendar and the world seems a bit more fragile, finding time - let alone a place - to reflect is difficult.
The Garden of Reflection and Remembrance is such a peaceful place to visit.

View Garden Naming Opportunities

View/Print Garden Gift Form