Welcome to the University of Maryland commencement website!

Congratulations to the class of 2016! The University of Maryland welcomes you to our May 2016 Commencement website, where graduates, family members and the university community may find information about the ceremonies. These events are not only a celebration of the graduating students' accomplishments at the University of Maryland, but also an occasion to acknowledge our joint enthusiasm for their future endeavors. The university recognizes that commencement is a milestone in our graduates' lives and, as such, we strive to ensure that everyone enjoys their experience. The campus-wide ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, and the individual college or school ceremonies will occur at various times on Thursday, May 19 and Friday, May 20. The colleges and schools will contact graduating students with specific information pertaining to the individual ceremonies. Contact the college or school directly for more information.

Attention Graduates, please note the Spring 2016 Commencement will now be a 3 day event, the main commencement will take place on Wednesday, May 18 at 7 pm and the following two days May 19 and 20 will be the individual college and schools commencements.

The university is pleased to provide a real-time stream of the campus-wide ceremony on the commencement website beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 18.

The ceremony will also be cablecast on UMTV in Prince George's and Montgomery counties. On-campus viewers can watch UMTV on channel 38. Off-campus viewers should check their local listings for UMTV.




Campus-wide Commencement Ceremony

This May the campus-wide ceremony will take place on Wednesday, May 18 at 7 p.m. in the Xfinity Center. The procession of students begins promptly at 6:20 p.m. The campus-wide commencement ceremony represents the culmination of a student's academic career at the University of Maryland. Unlike the individual college or school ceremonies, it is an opportunity for the president to congratulate the graduates as a group. Although graduates do not walk across the stage in the campus-wide ceremony, it is in this ceremony that the degrees are officially conferred. At the end of the ceremony, the graduates will turn their tassels from the right to the left, symbolizing the transition from student to alumnus. The university encourages graduates, their family and friends to attend this approximately two hour event marking the beginning of the three-day commencement celebration.

Eligibility

All university coursework requirements must be completed by the time of graduation. Your student account must be cleared with the university before your diploma will be mailed. This includes any outstanding Health Center charges, parking fines, library fines, etc. Check with the Office of the Bursar at 301.314.9000 to be sure that you have financial clearance.

For more information regarding the graduation application and commencement honors, review the Undergraduate or Graduate catalog.

A checklist for graduation:

Diplomas will be mailed several weeks after graduation.

Important contacts:

Office of the Bursar: 301.314.9000/billtalk@umd.edu

Diploma Services 301.314.8270/diploma@umd.edu

Office of Special Events: 301.405.4638/events@ur.umd.edu




Spring 2016 Campus-Wide Ceremony

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

7:00 p.m.(procession of graduates beginning at 6:20 pm)

Individual College and School Ceremony Schedule



Thursday, May 19, 2016

8:00 a.m.
  • Public Health, School of
  • Xfinity Center
  • Contact: Erin Caporellie, 301.405.2545, etc@umd.edu
9:00 a.m.
  • Art History
  • Gildenhorn Recital Hall, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
  • Contact: Anna Waller, 301.405.1480, awaller@umd.edu

  • Government and Politics, Department of
  • Reckord Armory
  • Contact: Kathryn Weiland, 301.405.4124, kweiland@umd.edu

  • History, Department of
  • Memorial Chapel
  • Contact: Jodi Hall, 301.405.4268, jlhall@umd.edu

  • Individual Studies
  • Atrium, Stamp Student Union
  • Contact: Lori Praniewicz, 301.314.0023, ljusie1@umd.edu

  • Journalism, Philip Merrill College of
  • Ritchie Coliseum
  • Contact: David Watson, 301.405.2380, dcwatson@umd.edu
9:30 a.m.
  • Music, School of
  • Dekelboum Concert Hall, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
  • Contact: Craig Arnold, 301.405.5563, csarnold@umd.edu
10:30 a.m.
  • Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, School of
  • Kay Theatre, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
  • Contact: Cate O’Brien Barger, 301.405.3196, cbarger@umd.edu
11:30 a.m.
  • Communication, Department of
  • Xfinity Center
  • Contact: Carlin Bokal, 301.405.6519, cbokal@umd.edu
12:00 p.m.
  • American Studies and Women's Studies, Departments of
  • Memorial Chapel
  • American Studies: Psyche Williams-Forson, 301.405.1354,pwforson@umdl.edu
    Women’s Studies: Cliffornia Royals Pryor, 301.405.6877, choward3@umd.edu

  • Criminology and Criminal Justice, Department of
  • Reckord Armory
  • Contact: Nicole Jackson, 301. 405.4729, crimevents@umd.edu

  • Jewish Studies, Department of
  • Atrium, Stamp Student Union
  • Contact: Debra Kirsch, 301.405.4975, dakirsch@umd.edu
12:30 p.m.
  • Education, College of (Graduates)
  • Ritchie Coliseum
  • Contact: Janis Cornell-DeMoss, 301.405.2364, jcdemoss@umd.edu

  • Sociology, Department of
  • Dekelboum Concert Hall, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
  • Contact: Nicole De Loatch, 301.405.6389, ndeloat@umd.edu
    Joint Program in Survey Methodology: Jody Williams, 301.314.7955, jodywill@umd.edu
1:30 p.m.
  • Art, Department of
  • Kay Theater, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
  • Contact: Kathie Boyle, 301.405.7790, kboyle2@umd.edu
2:30 p.m.
  • Agriculture and Natural Resources, College of
  • Reckord Armory
  • Contact: Angela Mazur-Gray, 301.405.0117, abm13@umd.edu

  • Philosophy, Department of
  • Gildenhorn Recital Hall, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
  • Contact: Louise Gilman, 301.405.5689, lgilman@umd.edu
3:00 p.m. 3:30 p.m.
  • Education, College of (Undergraduates)
  • Ritchie Coliseum
  • Contact: Janis Cornell-DeMoss, 301.405.2364, jcdemoss@umd.edu
4:00 p.m.
  • Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, and Film Studies, School of
  • Dekelboum Concert Hall, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
  • Contact: Josiland Chambers, 301.405.6021, jchamb@umd.edu
6:30 p.m.
  • Engineering, A. James Clark School of
  • Xfinity Center
  • Contact: Jane Fines, 301.405.3857, jfines@umd.edu

Friday, May 20, 2016

9:00 a.m.
  • Architecture, Planning and Preservation, School of
  • Dekelboum Concert Hall, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
  • Contact: Michael Brick, 301.405.6291, brickm@umd.edu

  • Business, Robert H. Smith School of (Graduates)
  • Xfinity Center
  • Contact: Terrill Drake, 301.405.9420, smithevents@rhsmith.umd.edu

  • Psychology, Department of
  • Reckord Armory
  • Contact: Contact: Lori Kader, 301.405.5866, psycadvising@umd.edu
9:30 a.m.
  • African American Studies, Anthropology and Geographical Sciences, Departments of
  • Memorial Chapel
  • African American Studies: Marci Deloatch, 301.405.1167, mdeloatc@umd.edu
    Anthropology: Erik Hanson, 301.405.1436, ehanson@umd.edu
    Geographical Sciences: Kristen Bergery, 301.314.1883, kbergery@umd.edu

  • English and Comparative Literature, Departments of
  • Ritchie Coliseum
  • Contact: Karen Lewis, 301.405.3825, lewiske@umd.edu
10:30 a.m.
  • Linguistics, Department of
  • Marie Mount Hall, Room 1400
  • Contact: Denise Best, 301.405.7002, denise@umd.edu
12:00 p.m.
  • Business, Robert H. Smith School of (Undergraduates)
  • Xfinity Center
  • Contact: Terrill Drake, 301.405.9420, smithevents@rhsmith.umd.edu

  • Public Policy, School of
  • Dekelboum Concert Hall, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
  • Contact: Jiehong Lou 301.405.8933, jlou@umd.edu
12:30 p.m.
  • Economics, Department of
  • Reckord Armory
  • Contact: Shanna Edinger May, 301.405.7845, econcommencement@econ.umd.edu

  • Hearing and Speech Sciences, Department of
  • Memorial Chapel
  • Contact: Lisa Rickard, 301.405.4223, lrickard@umd.edu
3:30 p.m.
  • Information Studies, College of
  • Dekelboum Concert Hall, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
  • Contact: Joanne Briscoe, 301.405.2041, jbrisco3@umd.edu

Ticket Information

Tickets are required for the campus-wide commencement ceremony. The number of tickets allocated per graduate will be determined by April 4.

Tickets are not required for the individual school or college ceremonies, but some may have an RSVP system in place for graduates and guests. Please contact the individual college or school for more information.

Disability Services

Guests who need disability accommodations or have questions regarding the accommodations for the campus-wide ceremony may contact the Office of Special Events at events@ur.umd.edu or 301.405.4638.

Sign language interpreters are available upon request. Please contact the Disability Support Service at 301.314.7209 or dhhs@umd.edu to make arrangements.

For information regarding disability accommodations for the individual college or school ceremonies, please contact the graduating student's individual college or school.

Flowers and Photos

In order to commemorate this milestone in our graduates' lives, GradImages will take photographs of each graduate participating in the campus-wide commencement ceremony prior to the procession. While there is no obligation to purchase the prints, the graduate will receive color proofs by mail approximately two weeks after commencement. In order to receive the proofs, please make sure that you complete the company's address card, distributed in the line-up area prior to the procession. For more information, contact GradImages at 800.628.4509 or visit www.gradimages.com.

Roses will be available for purchase at the various ceremony sites across campus.

Regalia

The University Book Center is the official supplier of commencement regalia for the university, with Oak Hall as the official provider.

The University Book Center, located in the Stamp Student Union, is where you can purchase your graduate cap and gown and diploma frames. You can purchase all your commencement needs March 8-11, 2016 from 10 am until 5 pm at the Grad Fair, hosted by the UBC. The deadline to purchase regalia is March 11th. After this date, the selection of sizes and hood colors will be limited. Please purchase your regalia during Grad Fair!

For information about class rings and announcements, visit www.balfour.com.Balfour representatives will be at Grad Fair to take orders and showcase the Maryland announcements and class rings.

Undergraduate and Master's Degree Students
Undergraduate and master's degree students must purchase their regalia from the book center. The following items are required and sold as a package:

  • Cap
  • Gown
  • Departmental hood (Bachelor of Arts hood has a white velvet, Bachelor of Science hood has a gold velvet)
  • Stole of gratitude
  • Tassel with official medallion

Undergraduates and master's graduates that shop during Grad Fair will save 10% on the package price. The undergraduate package will cost $138.98 and the master's degree package will cost $149.98. Items may be shipped for an additional $16.95. If you have questions, contact the University Book Center at 301.314.9231 or mhanson1@umd.edu.

Doctoral Students
Doctoral students may rent or buy their regalia. If you choose to rent your regalia, it must be picked up from the book center (shipping is not available). The cost to rent regalia is $220.98 and the cost to purchase regalia is $1002.98.To order or rent regalia visit the University Book Center. The last day to reserve or purchase regalia is March 11th. The selection of sizes, robes and hoods will be limited after March 11th.



Webcast

The campus-wide commencement ceremony was featured on a webcast. Click here to view the campus - wide Commencement webcast from December 2015.

Gallery

Click here to see a photo gallery from the campus-wide December 2015 Commencement Ceremony.