Contact Memorial Chapel

1101 Memorial Chapel
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742


301-314-9866
Chapel@umd.edu

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.

 

 

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Upcoming Events

AASD/ANTH/GEO Commencement Ceremony, May 22, 2015 at 3:30-6:30 PM

You are cordially invited to attend the AASD/ANTH/GEO Spring commencement ceremony on Friday, May 22, 2015 at 4 p.m. in the Main Chapel at the Memorial Chapel. The ceremony will begin promptly at 4 p.m. and is scheduled for approximately 90 minutes. This is different from the campus ceremony at Comcast Center. At the American/Women Studies ceremony, we recognize each graduate individually.

For Graduates:There is no limit on the number of guests a graduate may bring; no tickets or rsvp necessary.Graduates are required to wear regalia in order to participate in the ceremony. 

Parking is free throughout the campus, including garages. However, Lot Y parking will only be granted to those with disabilities. For questions and/or concerns related to Memorial Chapel, please call the Chapel Reservations Office at 301-314-9866.

Hearing and Speech Commencement Ceremony, May 22, 2015 at 12-3 PM

You are cordially invited to attend the Hearing and Speech Spring commencement ceremony on Friday, May 22, 2015 at 1 p.m. in the Main Chapel at the Memorial Chapel. The ceremony will begin promptly at 1 p.m. and is scheduled for approximately 90 minutes. This is different from the campus ceremony at Comcast Center. At the American/Women Studies ceremony, we recognize each graduate individually.

For Graduates:There is no limit on the number of guests a graduate may bring; no tickets or rsvp necessary.Graduates are required to wear regalia in order to participate in the ceremony. 

Parking is free throughout the campus, including garages. However, Lot Y parking will only be granted to those with disabilities. For questions and/or concerns related to Memorial Chapel, please call the Chapel Reservations Office at 301-314-9866.

American/Women Studies Commencement Ceremony, May 22, 2015 at 9:30-11 AM\

You are cordially invited to attend the American/Women Studies Spring commencement ceremony on Friday, May 22, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. in the Main Chapel at the Memorial Chapel. The ceremony will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. and is scheduled for approximately 90 minutes. This is different from the campus ceremony at Comcast Center. At the American/Women Studies ceremony, we recognize each graduate individually.

For Graduates:There is no limit on the number of guests a graduate may bring; no tickets or rsvp necessary.Graduates are required to wear regalia in order to participate in the ceremony. 

Parking is free throughout the campus, including garages. However, Lot Y parking will only be granted to those with disabilities. For questions and/or concerns related to Memorial Chapel, please call the Chapel Reservations Office at 301-314-9866.

IMPORTANT CHAPEL INFORMATION for Commencement Ceremonies 

 The use of noise makers, streamers, or any other type of celebratory object is strictly prohibited inside of the Chapel.  No food or drink is allowed in the Main or West Chapel.

Chapel Accessibility: The Main Chapel has a handicapped entry located on the side of the Chapel (Chapel Drive entrance) and the West Chapel is accessible from the Chapel Drive entrance or the Lot Y entrance. All doorways and bathrooms on the ground floor are wheelchair accessible. 

IMPORTANT PARKING INFORMATION -Lavender Graduation and Gemstone Citation Ceremony  

Parking will be available in Lot Y, directly behind the Chapel. For those individuals requiring HANDICAP spaces, there are several spots located in Lot Y. In addition to having a handicap sticker viewable in the front window of the car, such individuals are REQUIRED to also have a parking pass issued by a staff member of Memorial Chapel. To receive a parking pass, individuals must visit the Chapel Reservations Office prior to parking and sign-out a parking pass, which should be viewable in the front window of the car as well. Please be advised that failure to have both a sticker AND parking pass can result in a parking ticket issues by the University of Maryland Department of Transportation's Parking Division. 

For more information on parking, and handicap spaces, please call the Chapel Reservations Office at 301-314-9866. 

Department of History Commencement Ceremony, May 21st, 2015, 2pm 

You are cordially invited to attend the Department of History's Spring commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. in the Main Chapel at the Memorial Chapel. The ceremony will begin promptly at 2:00 p.m. and is scheduled for approximately 90 minutes. This is different from the campus ceremony at Comcast Center. At the History Department ceremony, we recognize each graduate individually.

For Graduates:There is no limit on the number of guests a graduate may bring; no tickets or rsvp necessary.Graduates are required to wear regalia in order to participate in the ceremony. 

For questions and/or concerns related to Memorial Chapel, please call the Chapel Reservations Office at 301-314-9866.

LGBT Equity Center-Lavender Graduation, May 20th, 2015, 3pm-6pm

You are cordially invited to the annual Lavender Graduation at the University of Maryland, College Park to celebrate out graduates with us !!

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 achievement. 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 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 are invited. Refreshments will be served following the ceremony in the Garden and Garden Chapel. The recommended dress attire is casual/dressy, but Academic regalia is optional.

For questions and/or concerns related to Memorial Chapel, please call the Chapel Reservations Office at 301-314-9866.

Honors College-Gemstone Citation Ceremony, May 20th, 2015, 7pm

The Gemstone Citation Ceremony will take place in the Main Chapel of Memorial Chapel at 7pm. Gemstone Citations are awarded to teams each Spring, where teams are recognized and each individual on the team receives a certificate and a Gemstone medal. 

For questions and/or concerns related to Memorial Chapel, please call the Chapel Reservations Office at 301-314-9866.

Memorial Service Wednesday, May 13 at 11 am

Honor and remember Graduate Student Rebecca Selleck at a memorial service in the Garden of Reflection and Remembrance.

Want the Chapel to host one of your events for FREE? 

Apply today for a $250 to supplement an event or initiative that features the Chapel's Garden of Reflection and Remembrance and/or Chapel Labyrinth. Funds may be used by UMD student organizations or departments, or off-campus organizations to supplement Chapel rentals, honoraria, supplies, marketing, or food. For a grant application, email dmchugh@umd.edu or call 301-314-9893301-314-9893. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed within one week. 

Main Chapel, Garden Chapel and Gardens: Open for Reflection 

Need a place to decompress, 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 interfaith Tree of Life has been permanently installed in the Garden  Chapel; all are invited to visit the space to admire this sacred 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

Upcoming Labyrinth Programs

Wind Down Wednesdays

Come to the Chapel to unwind the last Wednesday of every month. Enjoy a mellow lunchtime in the quiet repose of the Garden Chapel, listen to soothing live music, experience the multifaith tree of life art installation, reflect with journals or quiet conversation and explore the nearby labyrinth. 12:30 to 2 pm May 13 . RSVP to chapel@umd.edu or 4-9866 with preference of turkey, vegetarian or vegan lunch.

Lounging at the Labyrinth

Friday, May 15th: 3-5PM and Monday, May 18th: Noon-2PM

Get into your groove by walking the meditative labyrinth. Enjoy a refreshing snowcone before going back to the books!

Interested in Booking with the Chapel

Whether you're a bride looking for the perfect ceremony spot or just looking for a great place to host a meeting, lecture, concert, baptism, or any other special event, the Memorial Chapel is just the place for you! NEW! When booking with both the Chapel as your wedding venue and the Stamp Student Union as your reception site, receive a 10% discount from both venues!! Contact our Reservations Office at 301-314-9866 or chapel@umd.edu for pricing, availability and more information!

Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings

AA meetings are taking place every Wednesday from 7-8pm in the Chapel Lounge. All are welcome. Refreshments will be provided. Contact the Washington Area Intergroup for more information on Alcoholics Anonymous (202) 966-9115.

Meditation Classes

Every Monday, 5:00 - 6:00 pm in the Lounge. Come learn the Discursive Meditation, an exercise designed to awaken and nurture your inner voice. Sponsored by: CAFH. For more information, contact: Francisca Saavedra: 240-391-8472


NAMI Homefront Six-Week Education Program 

NAMI Homefront is a free, six-session education program for family, friends, and significant others of MIlitary Service Members and Veterans with mental health conditions. It focuses on the unique needs of military and veteran communities, such as post-deployment and post-discharge transitions. 

Course will be held on Tuesdays from 6 - 8:30 PM starting June 23rd to August 4th at the Memorial Chapel. 

Registration is required! Please call 301-429-0907 or email: nam.pgmcd1@gmail.com

New Chapel Tradition 

At every home and away Football, Men's Basketball and Women's Basketball game day, the carillon will chime the "Maryland Fight Song" at 11:30am and 30 minutes prior to the announced game time. Go Terps!

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.

- Monday, May 16th 12:00 - 2:00 pm

- Monday, June 1st 4:00 - 7:00 pm

Chaplains Weekly Programs – Spring 2015


Christian Reconnect Worship Service 
Thursdays, 12:30-1:35pm
Garden Chapel 

 

Eastern Orthodox Christian Worship
Tuesdays, 5:00 - 6:30pm
Garden Chapel 

 

Catholic Mass
Monday – Friday, 12:00-12:30pm
Main Chapel

Sundays, 12:00 - 1:00pm
Main Chapel

 

Baptist Worship & Prayer Meeting
Thursdays, 8:00-9:30pm
Garden Chapel

 

United Methodist Worship and Bible Study
Wednesdays, 7:00 - 8:00pm
Garden Chapel


Game Night: Thursdays, 6:30 pm

 

Black Ministries Worship
Sundays, 11:00am-1:00pm
Garden Chapel

 

Sunday Catholic Mass
12:00-1:00pm
Main Chapel

 

United Campus Ministries
Sundays, 6:00-8:00pm
Main Chapel

Muslim Prayer Service
Jummah
Fridays, 12pm and 1pm
Nyumburu Cultural Center

Br. Tarif's Halaqa
Thursdays, 6:00-8:00pm
The Musallah, 0204 Cole


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