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Undergraduate Commencement

Winter 2012 Commencement Overview

Thursday, December 20, 2012, at 10 a.m.
in the Retriever Activities Center

(Procession begins promptly at 9:50 a.m.)

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Information for Candidates' Families and Other Guests

Please read the Commencement web site in its entirety for detailed information, but here are some key points:
  • Doors to the RAC open at 9 a.m.
  • Procession begins at 9:50 a.m.
  • No tickets are required for the Graduate School Commencement ceremony.
  • Graduates’ personal belongings must be left with friends or family members as there is no secured location for items to be stored at the RAC.
  • Be prompt! Keep in mind that traffic in the Baltimore area may be congested. Please allow time to locate parking and to walk to the RAC.

UMBC's 2012 Winter Graduate School Commencement will be held Thursday, December 20, at 10 a.m., in the Retriever Activities Center (RAC) Arena. Commencement procession begins promptly at 9:50 a.m. In observance of the National Anthem, guests will not be seated while the anthem is performed. When the doors reopen following the singing of the National Anthem, guests will be seated as space permits. 

For guests with special needs, such as hearing or mobility impairments, please see Special Accommodations Seating for Guests.

All graduates participating in the Commencement ceremony MUST wear the academic regalia that can only be ordered from the UMBC Bookstore Graduation Center. Candidates are prohibited from wearing a borrowed cap or gown from an alumnus/a or another student – no exceptions.

The dates for ordering regalia at the Bookstore Graduation Center are Monday, October 1, and Tuesday, October 2, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Wednesday, October 3, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Regalia can also be ordered online through Thursday, October 25. The cost to rent graduate regalia is $79.99 for master’s students and $168.99 for doctoral students. Beginning October 9, candidates who order regalia will be assessed a $25 late fee. All forms of payment usually accepted in the Bookstore are allowed.

The Bookstore will not be responsible for regalia unclaimed by Tuesday, December 11, the last day of classes.


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If you have specific questions regarding the Graduate School Commencement ceremony, contact Lisa Morgan in the Graduate School at 410-455-8142 or


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