Gatehouse — Located at the main (north) entrance to campus. Four plaques honoring the founders of the Maryland Agricultural College appear on the walls. Also featured at this gateway is a University of Maryland seal, gift of the Class of 1995.
Gaylord Library — Library and resource center in Knight Hall, home of the College of Journalism. This facility is named for Edith Gaylord, one of the Associated Press's first female reporters.
Gemstone Program — Four-year citation program created in 1996 by William Destler, then serving as Dean of Engineering, in which teams of undergraduate Honors students examine problems at the intersection of science and technology.
Ghosts — The ghost of Marie Mount allegedly plays the piano on stormy nights in the hall named for her, and members of the Maryland Ghosts and Spirits Association detected the presence of several other spirits in Marie Mount Hall during an investigation in October 2002. Larry Donnelly, a former Dining Services employee, spotted a female ghost in the Rossborough Inn in 1981, during renovations to the building. Several weeks later, a waiter at the Inn saw the same woman, dressed in yellow, as Donnelly had described. The Rossborough Inn has been the site for other unexplained occurrences—a vase of floweres appearing on its own, footsteps overhead when one is alone, a face peering out of an inn window when the building is unoccupied. A Confederate soldier has also been spotted on campus, an echo of the occupation of the campus by Confederate and Union troops during the Civil War. Other members of the campus community report hearing the sound of marching feet near Morrill Hall, the location of a portion of the drill ground utilized by the Maryland Agricultural College cadets in the college's early years. Spirits have also been detected in Morrill Hall, and ghosts are rumored to inhabit Easton Hall, the Stamp Student Union, H. J. Patterson Hall, and the Alpha Omicron Pi and Kappa Delta sorority houses.
Golden Globe Winners — School of Music faculty member Chris Vadala won a Golden Globe Award as part of the Chuck Mangione Quartet for the soundtrack to the movie Children of Sanchez. The album was released in 1978.
Golden ID — Program which allows retired Maryland residents over age 60 to take university courses tuition free.
Golf, men's — First organized in 1940. Deane Beman, who played on the team, became a commissioner of the Professional Golfers Association (PGA). The team shared the Acc championship in 1964 under Frank Cronin.
Golf Hall of Fame, World — Deane Beman (Class of 1961) entered the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2000. Beaman was chosen primarily to honor his accomplishments as commissioner of the PGA Tour, a position he held from 1974 to 1994.
Goodwill Games — Track coach Andrew Valmon, who came to campus in 2003, won gold medals in track at the 1990 and 1994 Goodwill Games. He also won a gold medal at the track world championships in 1993 and gold medals at the Olympics in 1988 and 1992.
Governors of Maryland — Only two alumni, Harry Hughes and Marvin Mandel, have served as governor of Maryland. Hughes (Class of 1949) held the top spot in the state from 1979 to 1987. Mandel (Class of 1939) preceded him as governor from 1969 to 1979. Both men were members of the Terrapin baseball team while undergraduates.
Graduate Gardens and Hills — Apartments originally owned and maintained by the university as graduate student housing. Now maintained by a private company for the same purpose. Graduate Gardens was constructed in 1964; Graduate Hills was constructed in 1969.
Graduate Student Government — Formation of this organization, originally known as the Graduate Student Association, is decribed in an April 28, 1982, Diamondback article. Dan Moskowitz served as the first president.
Graduate Studies — The Rev. David Hall and F. A. Soper received A.M. degrees. A formal Graduate School was approved Maryland Agricultural College first awarded graduate degree in 1874. In that year, the Rev. David Hall and F. A. Soper received A.M. Degrees. A formal Graduate School was approved by the Board of Trustees in 1919. The 1919-20 Catalogue set out, for the first time, a description of the Graduate School and the requirements for the advanced degrees. These included the M.S. and Ph.D. in Agriculture and the Natural Sciences, the M.A. in Liberal Arts, Education, and Home Economics, and the Ph.D. in Liberal Arts. The first Ph.D. was awarded to Charles E. Sando in 1920. The first women to receive graduate degrees were Emma S. Jacobs, who received an honorary master's of science degree in 1917, and Daisy Inez Purdy, who received a Ph.D. in 1931. Purdy's dissertation was entitled "A study of the bacteriological changes produced during the aging of cured hams." See also Master's degrees and Ph.D.
Graduates, first — The first two students to receive degrees from the Maryalnd Agricultural College were William B. Sands and Thomas Franklin, who graduated on July 11, 1862. Sands received an A.B. degree and Franklin a B.S.
"Graham Cracker" — Name given to lot on College Avenue where pep rallies were held. The term was first used from 1958 to 1963 when the lot was vacant, and the dirt-filled area looked similar to graham cracker.
Grammy Winners — Joan McFarland (Class of 1981) received a Grammy award for "best choral performance" in 2000 for her work on a recording of Benjamin Britten's War Requiem. McFarland conducted the Maryland State Boychoir which joined with the Washington Chorus and Orchestra and the Shenandoah Conservatory Choir to perform the award-winning piece. Delious Kennedy (Class of 1992) won a Grammy with the group All-4-One in 1994 in the Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal category for the single "I Swear." Cedric Dent (Ph. D. 1997) is a seven-time Grammy winner with the Southern a capella gospel and jazz group Take Six. School of Music faculty member Chris Vadala won two Grammys with the Chuck Mangione Quartet for the albums "Bellavia" (1976) and "Children of Sanchez" (1978).
Granada International Poetry Prize — Faculty member José Emilio Pancheco was 2005 recipient of the Granada International Poetry Prize, given to honor the poet Federico Garcia Lorca. Pacheco was the second recipient of the award and competed against 30 poets from Spain and Latin America for the honor.
Gymkana — University-sponsored exhibition gymnastic troupe dedicated to promoting a drug-free lifestyle. First organized in 1946 and first performed in 1947. Gymkana is one of the oldest groups of its kind in the United States.
Gymnastics, All-Americans — Jill Fisher and Gillian Cote, co-captains of the 2000-2001 gymnastics team, became the first University of Maryland gymnasts to be named NCAA All-Americans in the spring of 2001.