Welcome to the University of Maryland commencement website!

Congratulations to the class of 2015! The University of Maryland welcomes you to our May 2015 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 10 a.m. Thursday, May 21, and the individual college or school ceremonies will occur at various times on Thursday, May 21 and Friday, May 22. 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.

The university is pleased to provide a real-time stream of the campus-wide ceremony on the commencement website beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 21.

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 Thursday, May 21, at 10 a.m. in the Xfinity Center. The procession of students begins promptly at 9:20 a.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 90-minute event marking the beginning of the two-day commencement celebration.


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:
  • Complete a senior audit.
  • Apply for graduation (Deadline is February 6, 2015). View the application for graduation.
  • Meet all university requirements.
  • Settle your student account.
  • Update your address and email address on Testudo.
  • Check the University Commencement website for schedules and other helpful information.
  • "Like" University of Maryland Commencement on Facebook and follow UMDCommencement on Twitter to receive commencement updates.
  • Purchase your regalia from the University Book Center.
  • Conduct an exit interview with the Office of Financial Aid.
  • Make arrangements for guests attending your graduation ceremonies.
  • Check out our Career Services for Alumni.
  • Check out the Maryland Alumni Association's Young Alumni Programs.
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
Office of Special Events: 301.405.4638/events@ur.umd.edu

Campus-wide Commencement Ceremony

Thursday, May 21, 2015

10:00 a.m.

(9:20 a.m. Procession of graduates begin)

Xfinity Center

Individual College and School Ceremony Schedule
Thursday, May 21, 2015

1:30 p.m.

  • Music, School of
  • Dekelboum Concert Hall, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
  • Contact: Craig Arnold, 301.405.5563, csarnold@umd.edu

2:00 p.m.

  • Art History
  • Kay Theatre, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
  • Contact: Anna Waller, 301.405.1480, awaller@umd.edu

  • Criminology and Criminal Justice, Department of
  • Cole Student Activities Building
  • Contact: Nicole Jackson, 301.405.4729, crimevents@umd.edu

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

2:30 p.m.

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

3:00 p.m.

4:00 p.m.

  • Sociology, Department of
  • Dekelboum Concert Hall, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
  • Contact: Nicole DeLoatch, 301.405.6389, ndeloat@umd.edu
  • Joint Program in Survey Methodology: Jody Williams, 301.314.7955, jodywill@umd.edu

5:30 p.m.

Friday, May 22, 2015

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

  • Art, Department of
  • Grand Ballroom, Stamp Student Union
  • Contact: Kathie Boyle, 301.405.7790, kboyle2@umd.edu

  • Economics, Department of
  • Cole Student Activities Building
  • Contact: Shanna Edinger May, 301.405.7845, econcommencement@econ.umd.edu

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

  • Psychology, Department of
  • Reckord Armory
  • Contact: Contact: Scott Roberts, 301.405.5866,psycadvising@umd.edu

  • Public Health, School of
  • Xfinity Center
  • Contact: Erin Caporellie, 301.405.2347, ethiel@umd.edu

9:30 a.m.

  • American Studies and Women's Studies, Departments of
  • Memorial Chapel
  • American Studies: Betsy Yuen, 301.405.1354, myuen@umd.edu
  • Women’s Studies: Cliffornia Royals Prior, 301.405.6877, choward3@umd.edu

  • 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

  • Classics, Department of
  • Prince George's Room, Stamp Student Union
  • Contact: Patricia Rhodes-Kelly, 301.405.2014, prhodes@umd.edu

10:30 a.m.

  • Linguistics, Department of
  • Marie Mount Hall, Room 1400
  • Contact: Kathi Faulkingham, 301.405.7002, kathif@umd.edu

12:00 p.m.

  • Information Studies, College of
  • Grand Ballroom, Stamp Student Union
  • Contact: Joanne Briscoe, 301.405.2038, jbrisco3@umd.edu

  • Jewish Studies, Department of
  • Atrium, Stamp Student Union
  • Contact: Debra Kirsch, 301.405.4975, dakirsch@umd.edu

  • Public Policy, School of
  • Dekelboum Concert Hall, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
  • Contact: Karen Logan, 301.405.8230, kclogan@umd.edu

12:30 p.m.

  • Communication, Department of
  • Cole Student Activities Building
  • Contact: Carlin Bokal, 301.405.6519, cbokal@umd.edu

  • Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences, College of
  • Xfinity Center
  • Contact: Lisa Bradley, 301.405.2079, lbradley@umd.edu
  • https://cmns.umd.edu/graduate/graduation-info

  • Government and Politics, Department of
  • Reckord Armory
  • Contact: Christina Smith, 301.405.4142, cbussie@umd.edu

  • Philosophy, Department of
  • Kay Theatre, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
  • Contact: Louise Gilman, 301.405.5689, lgilman@umd.edu

1:00 p.m.

  • Hearing and Speech Sciences, Department of
  • Memorial Chapel
  • Contact: Lisa Rickard, 301.405.4223, lrickard@umd.edu

3:30 p.m.

4:00 p.m.

Ticket Information
Tickets are required for the campus-wide commencement ceremony. The number of tickets each graduate will received will be determined on April 1 and will be posted on the website and Facebook page.

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.


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 10, 11, 12 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Grad Fair, hosted by the UBC. The deadline to purchase regalia is April 3. 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)
  • 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 $964.98.To order or rent regalia visit the University Book Center. The last day to reserve or purchase regalia is April 3. The selection of sizes, robes and hoods will be limited after April 3.
The campus-wide commencement ceremony was featured on a webcast. Click here to view the Main Commencement webcast from December 2014.

Click here to see a photo gallery from the December 2014 Commencement Ceremony.
May 21, 2015
Campus-wide Commencement Ceremony
8:30 a.m. Doors Open
8:45 a.m. Graduates report to Lot 4B by Xfinity Center (no later than)
9:20 a.m. Procession of graduates begins
10:00 a.m. Ceremony begins
May 21 and May 22, 2015
Individual College and School Ceremonies
Various Campus Locations
Area Accommodations and Dining Information