Applying for Graduation
The deadline to apply for graduation is the 10th day of class of the semester in which you intend to graduate. The deadline to apply for the Spring 2022 semester was Friday, February 4, 2022.
Spring 2022 Commencement
Date: Friday, May 20, 2022
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: Maryland Stadium
Tickets are required for the campus-wide ceremony. Only those students who are completing all of their degree requirements this semester or those students who graduated in August 2021 or December 2021 may receive tickets to attend. Each graduate will receive six guest tickets, and one processional ticket for personal use. Tickets will be general admission seating. The ticket release began on April 25, 2022. Graduates must claim tickets by Friday, May 6th. For detailed information regarding the Campus-Wide Ceremony and ticket distribution visit commencement.umd.edu.
Any questions about the Campus-Wide Ceremony not answered by the website above should be directed to the Office of Special Events.
The Campus-Wide Ceremony will be live-streamed at commencement.umd.edu.
College of Behavioral and Social Sciences Joint Departmental Ceremony*
Date: Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: Xfinity Center
Watch the live stream of this event: https://go.umd.edu/BSOSLiveCeremony2022. The livestream is expected to start at the beginning of the ceremony processional at 11:40am.
*Participating departments and programs include: Criminology & Criminal Justice, Economics, Environmental Sciences: Politics & Policy, Government & Politics, Neuroscience, and Psychology.
All May 2022, December 2021, and August 2021 graduates are invited to attend May 2022 commencement ceremonies. Due to limited seating capacities, Summer 2022 graduates will not be eligible to participate in either campus-wide or departmental ceremonies. Summer 2022 graduates will be invited to attend future graduation ceremonies.
Tickets & Guest
Tickets are not required and students are not required to RSVP.
Doors will open for guests at 11:00 AM and all guests should enter the Xfinity Center through Gates A, B, E, or F. The faculty and student processional will begin at 11:40 AM, with the ceremony starting at 12:00 PM.
Student Arrival Time & Location
Graduates should enter the Xfinity Center through Gates C or D. Assemble in regalia at 10:45 AM in the Pavilion (auxiliary gym) which is located inside the lower level of the Xfinity Center. Look for signage for your department and check-in with a graduation marshal to obtain your name card and to get line-up/processional information. Parents/guests will not be allowed in the student area. In addition, students should not bring any bags, clothes, or purses, etc., as there is no place for students to store belongings.
Important Venue Information
Doors will open for guests at 11:00 AM. There will be a bag check for all students and guests upon entering the Xfinity Center. We ask that everyone avoid bringing bags or limit the amount and size of bags in order to expedite entry for everyone. Please note that the following items are prohibited in the Xfinity Center: strollers, backpacks, and balloons. For a complete list of prohibited items click here. Backpacks and any bag over 12" x 6" x 12" will not be permitted. Please refer to Bag Policy for more information. *Note clear bags are not required for commencement but all other rules/regulations apply. Additionally, parents, guests, and students cannot bring food into Xfinity.
Free parking will be available in any surface lot or parking garage on campus. Parking closest to the Xfinity Center is available in the Terrapin Trail Garage (Lot 6), Lot 4B, or Lot 9B.
For driving directions and campus maps, visit the Conferences and Visitor Services website.
The University of Maryland is committed to promoting the full participation of all individuals with disabilities in the Commencement exercises. Below is information pertaining to the joint departmental ceremony and the accommodations made for individuals with disabilities.
Accessible parking is located in the Terrapin Trail Garage (Lot 6) next to the Xfinity Center. Level 2 has a ramp leading directly to Gate E where you can enter Xfinity Center.
Once inside the Xfinity Center, staff can help direct guests in wheelchairs and those with limited mobility to the designated seating area on the Concourse level (level 3) above sections 120 and 121. Due to limited space, we ask that only one family member sit with the guest in the accessible seating section and that additional family members sit in the nearby sections. Volunteers will be on hand to help guests find seating that best fits their needs.
If you have difficulty walking long distances, you may wish to make arrangements to bring your own wheelchair for the day. The University cannot provide wheelchairs.
If additional accommodations are needed, such as a sign-language interpreter, please send an email to ccjsevents [at] umd.edu as soon as possible.
In order to participate in either ceremony, students must purchase academic regalia at the University Book Center or online. For more information, visit https://commencement.umd.edu/graduation-regalia-information.
The UBC will host a Graduation Fair on March 9 & 10 from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM. The event will include regalia fittings and purchasing. Candidates will have an opportunity to order announcements & class rings. There will be special pricing on diploma frames and a professional photographer available. Event is located in the STAMP Student Union.
The deadline to order regalia is April 20, 2022.
Note: Active duty military can wear their dress uniforms instead of regalia.
GradImages will take photographs of each graduate participating in the departmental 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 www.gradimages.com.
Undergrad Name Pronunciation
CCJS undergraduate students: If you have a name that is difficult to pronounce, please complete this form by May 10 to help the name reader pronounce your name correctly.
There is another graduation ceremony directly after our ceremony. We ask all graduates, parents, and guests to exit Xfinity once the ceremony has concluded. We highly suggest graduates, parents, and guests designate a spot to meet outside after the ceremony. Once guests and graduates leave Xfinity, they will not be allowed back into the building.
Additional Information for joint departmental ceremony
- The ceremony will last approximately 2.5 hours
- All attendees will be required to follow current COVID-19 health and safety guidelines. UMD strongly encourages everyone to wear a K95 mask indoors in all situations, including commencement. Graduates may choose to unmask to walk across the stage, pick up their diploma and take their graduation photograph. Please visit this website for the most current information.
- You will be standing for a long time. You will also be walking across a stage with lots of people watching you. Wear comfortable shoes.
- Please do not bring items like a book bag or purse with you. You will not have any place to store them and regalia does not come with pockets.
- Designate a place to meet your family after the ceremony.
- Our commencement ceremony will be livestreamed. Additional details, including the link to view the ceremony will be posted as soon as possible.
If you have any additional questions, please contact Diane Hou at (301) 405-4729 or at ccjsevents [at] umd.edu.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do I have to apply for graduation?
A: Students who will be finishing degree requirements this Spring 2022 semester and plan to graduate must apply for graduation. The application for graduation was due Friday, February 4, 2022 electronically via Testudo. If a student needs to complete a late application for graduation, please contact CCJS Advising (ccjsadvising [at] umd.edu) immediately.
Q. I am planning to graduate during the summer, can I still participate in Commencement?
A. If you need to finish your degree requirements during Summer 2022 you are not eligible to participate in the commencement ceremonies in May 2022. August 2022 graduates will be invited to attend future graduation ceremonies.
Q: Do I have to attend either of the commencement ceremonies?
A: Participation in the campus-wide and CCJS departmental ceremonies is not mandatory. If a student chooses not to participate in one or both of the commencement ceremonies, they will still receive their diploma.
Q: My commencement ceremony conflicts with a final exam. What should I do?
A: If your final exam begins at 10:00 AM or later on May 18 and you plan to participate in the joint commencement ceremony, please email Nicole Jackson (jacksonn [at] umd.edu). The department and College will work with professors to arrange alternate final exam times so students may attend the ceremony.
Q: I am a double major. Which ceremony do I attend?
A: Students can choose to attend both departmental ceremonies, only one ceremony, or neither. Attendance is at the discretion of the student.
Q: Will I receive my diploma at graduation?
A: No, students will not receive their diploma at graduation. Diplomas will be sent to the diploma mailing address specified on the student’s graduation application. If a diploma mailing address was not given, the diploma will be mailed to the student's permanent address. Diplomas will be mailed several weeks after graduation.