Traditions

Byrd Seaside

For many years, till on a regular basis entry to the soccer stadium was minimize off, college students greeted the return of springtime heat to the campus by donning their bathing fits and stretching out alongside the bleachers in then-Byrd Stadium to review, tan and people-watch.

Jim Henson and Kermit Statue

A preferred place to snap photographs is that this bronze statue in a memorial backyard outdoors Stamp Scholar Union capturing a whimsical dialog between pioneering puppeteer Jim Henson ’60 and his most well-known character, Kermit the Frog. Henson was recognized around the globe for his creation of the Muppets and his tv work on “Sesame Road” and “The Muppet Present.” The statue by sculptor Jay Corridor Carpenter was put in in 2003 with funds from the UMD courses of 1994, 1998 and 1999.

M Circle

The enduring floral M initially positioned within the site visitors circle on the intersection of Campus and Regents drives was created in 1976 to commemorate the nation’s bicentennial, and has since turn into the premier spot for commencement photographs. The M shifted throughout the road to a brand new house in entrance of the Mitchell Constructing in 2020 to make approach for the light-rail Purple Line. The M is replanted twice a yr, with pansies within the fall and begonias in the summertime.

McKeldin Mall

The 16.28-acre space from Primary Administration Constructing to McKeldin Library is likely one of the largest educational malls within the nation and a well-liked hangout for college kids on sunny days. Its configuration of sidewalks relies on the paths college students minimize via the grass as they walked to the buildings lining the mall. The 250-foot-long fountain on the jap finish of the mall honors members of the campus chapter of the Omicron Delta Kappa honor society. It’s engraved with quotes from Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Martin Luther King Jr., together with an inventory of ODK fraternity members from the college.

The Sundial, positioned within the heart of McKeldin Mall, was a present from the Class of 1965, the Division of Physics and Astronomy, and pals of Professor Uco Van Wijk, who died in 1966. It was renovated with donations from the Class of 1990.

Level of Failure

A brick and concrete circle practically 40 ft throughout within the pavement between Shoemaker and LeFrak halls designates the middle of campus exercise on the time of the Nice Fireplace of 1912. It leveled the 2 largest campus buildings, as defined in historic plaques positioned close to the location on the hearth’s seventy fifth anniversary. With traces radiating within the course of every of the buildings that existed on the time of the hearth, the circle seems like a carelessly sliced pie. It’s most likely not campus historical past that retains the circle within the minds of present college students, nonetheless. Legend has it college students who step on the middle of the circle the place the traces intersect received’t graduate in 4 years.

College Colours

The 4 colours of the College of Maryland—crimson, white, black and gold—echo the placing Maryland state flag, which relies on the defend within the coat of arms of George Calvert, first Lord Baltimore and unique colonial proprietor of what turned Maryland. UMD’s colours weren’t at all times standardized. Early athletic uniforms have been grey or maroon and grey, and graduating courses typically chosen their very own colours. Uniforms transitioned to black and gold within the early Twenties and remained that approach till the 1942 season, when new soccer Coach Clark Shaughnessy switched the uniforms to crimson and white. He left after one yr, and crimson and white returned—till Shaughnessy was rehired for yet one more yr, in 1946. Black and gold remained as soccer uniform accents, whereas males’s basketball stored the colours till the Eighties. At this time all 4 colours are featured in Terps’ athletic uniforms.

Testudo

The bronze likeness of a diamondback turtle overlooking the mall in entrance of McKeldin Library has a well-burnished nostril for a motive—rubbing it for good luck is our campus’s most well-known custom. The statue was devoted in 1933, however it was solely a long time later that this tradition started. Within the early Nineties, Maryland college students augmented the customized to start making choices to Testudo at finals time—meals, drinks, heartfelt poems and even items of furnishings in hopes of a superb grade. Along with the first Testudo statue on the coronary heart of campus, 5 different bronze replicas will be discovered round campus on the Stamp Scholar Union, Xfinity Middle, the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Middle and two at Maryland Stadium.

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