Applying for Graduation
The deadline to apply for graduation is the 10th day of class of the semester in which you intend to graduate.
Fall 2018 Commencement
Date: Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Xfinity Center
For detailed information regarding the campus-wide ceremony, please visit: http://commencement.umd.edu/.
Tickets are not required for the campus-wide winter ceremony.
College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSOS) Ceremony
Date: Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Time: 3:30 PM
Location: Xfinity Center
The commencement ceremony for the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences is an open participation event. Tickets are not required.
Assemble in regalia at 2:30 PM in the Xfinity Center's Small Gym (Pavilion). Check-in with graduation marshal to obtain your name card and receive line-up/processional information.
Parking is free and open on commencement days. Please do not feed meters or park in fire lanes. Additionally, please do not park in disabled spaces unless you have a handicapped placard or license plate. Shuttle-UM will be available on campus during ceremonies for easy transportation. More information about parking and shuttles is available on the commencement website: https://umd.edu/commencement/parking-shuttles.
For driving directions and campus maps visit: http://cvs.umd.edu/visitors/maps.html.
For information regarding disability accommodations, including sign language serves, please contact Michelle Slone at bsosdeanevents [at] umd.edu
In order to participate in either ceremony, students must purchase academic regalia at the University Book Center. The University Book Center is holding a Graduation Fair on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 from 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM. Students can purchase their regalia during the fair or anytime after this date. Active duty military can wear their dress uniforms instead of regalia.
GradImages will take photographs of each graduate participating in the BSOS commencement ceremony. While there is no obligation to purchase the prints, graduates will receive access to the color proofs by email approximately two weeks after commencement along with ordering information. For more information, contact GradImages at 800.628.4509 or visit https://www.gradimages.com/.
Things to Consider
Graduates – you will be standing a long time. You will also be walking across a stage with lots of people watching you. Wear comfortable shoes.
Graduates – do not bring items such as book bags or purses. There will not be a place for graduates to store belongings and the regalia does not have pockets.
Designate a place to meet your family after the ceremony.
If you have any additional questions, please contact Michelle Slone at (301) 405-8746 or at bsosdeanevents [at] umd.edu.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do I have to apply for graduation?
A: Students who will be finishing degree requirements this Fall 2018 and intend to graduate must apply for graduation. The Application for graduation was due Monday, September 10, 2018 electronically via Testudo.
Q: Do I have to attend either of the commencement ceremonies?
A: Participation in the campus-wide and departmental ceremonies are encouraged, but not mandatory. If a student chooses not to participate in the commencement ceremonies, he/she will still receive their diploma.
Q: I am a double major. Which ceremony do I attend?
A: Students can choose to attend both departmental ceremonies, only one ceremony, and neither. Attendance is at the discretion of the student.
Q: Will I receive my diploma at graduation?
A: No, you will not receive your diploma at graduation. Your diploma will be sent to the diploma mailing address specified at the time the student’s application for graduation was submitted. If a diploma mailing address was not specified, the diploma will be mailed to your permanent address. Diplomas will be mailed several weeks after graduation.