April 21, 1999, the Memorial Chapel carillon, for the first time ever, chimed
the University of Maryland alma mater "Hail! Alma Mater" before tolling
the noon hour. "Hail! Alma Mater" became an hourly campus standard.
For more than 40 years, the carillon has chimed the state song to the
durable tune of "Oh! Tannenbaum."
The carillon was refurbished as a result of a gift of the Senior
Class of 1992. The new system included both electronic and manual
methods of operating the carillon chimes.
Every Maryland Day, beginning in 1999, the carillon plays
a series of popular and classical selections on the hour, providing a
melodic background for the day's festivities.
Bells are ringing after electrical repairs (Feb. 5, 2003 Diamondback article
Although the rumors of a
two-year wait-list is an exaggeration, Memorial Chapel
is still the favorite place for
Terps to tie the knot.
For many years couples had to wait in line, sometimes overnight,
to get a preferred date the following year.The line of prospective couples
formed before the reservations office even opened on the first of each month and many
made it a romantic occasion with picnic baskets and lawn chairs.
In 1994 that all changed when the university agreed on a new wedding reservation policy. Couples
now book according to availability, whether it's next week or two years out, with the
understanding that all dates more than a year away may be bumped for a university event.
Only three weddings have been rescheduled in 10 years.
Of the 220-plus chapel weddings each year, 84%
involve at least one connection, and alumni couples account for more
than half of the ceremonies each year.