A special commencement message to The Clarice's graduating Terps! THE CLARICE SMITH PERFORMING ARTS CENTER AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

Congratulations to the University of Maryland's Class of 2020!

The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland is where creative partners produce and present art that reflects our cultural landscape, championing the creation of new work and engaging audiences in unique experiences that build the future of the arts. This work is only possible with a team of more than 200 undergraduate and graduate University of Maryland students who work across the building, gaining experiential learning in what it takes to run a performing arts center. From our costume, prop and scene shops and our marketing & communications team, to ushering shows and working as artist services crew, these students come from diverse academic backgrounds and are critical to Clarice operations.

To our resilient graduates:

You did it – all of us in The Clarice's Management Team salute you on your big day! We're sad to not give you a send-off in person, but we want you to know how proud we are of everything you've accomplished. We're so grateful you chose to work with us at The Clarice. Your hard work and dedication make the performing arts at Maryland come to life. We learned as much from you as we hope you have learned from us.

While we'll miss you a great deal, we know you'll be immensely successful. Don't be a stranger! We look forward to welcoming you at The Clarice or online at a virtual event in the near future. Lastly, we want to thank you for your curiosity, good nature and service to the performing arts. Our work would be impossible without you.

Be well, #UMDGrad! #KeepCreatingUMD

Your Clarice Management family

Photo by David Andrews

Go Terps!

University of Maryland Victory Song, performed by the Mighty Sound of Maryland

Acknowledgments to Our Graduates

Artist Partner Programs

Student staff in the Artist Partner Programs' Host Crew create a "home-away-from-home" to help visiting artists feel welcomed and cared for while at the University of Maryland. In addition to Host Crew, Student Curators actively participate in programming the annual NextNOW Fest, aimed at welcoming students back to campus each fall.

Guest Experience

Our Guest Experience student ushers and ticket office representatives are the face of The Clarice to our audiences! They provide outstanding customer service and ensure the safety of patrons in hundreds of yearly events.

Photos by David Andrews & Geoff Sheil

Marketing & Communications

Undergraduate marketing and communications assistants provide administrative support in creating student-centered campaigns and amplify the voices of campus artists.


From our Costume, Prop and Scene Shops to our Production Management Team, students help with technical theater functions in the Production department, providing essential behind-the-scenes work that brings to life artistic concepts.

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