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Undergraduate Commencement


Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 10 a.m.
in the Retriever Activities Center (RAC)
(Procession begins at 9:50 a.m.)

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The front doors of the RAC Arena will open at 9 a.m.  No tickets are required for the Graduate School Commencement ceremony.  Seating is unassigned and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Commencement procession begins promptly at 9:50 a.m., at which time the doors to the RAC will temporarily close. 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.

Allow adequate time to drive to campus, park and walk to the RAC Arena. Remember that rush hour traffic in the Baltimore area may be heavy, as the ceremony is being held on a weekday morning.


A campus map and directions to UMBC are available online.

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A list of nearby hotels is available online.

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Please allow time to park and walk to the RAC arena.

Signs will be posted on campus to assist you in locating appropriate parking lots.

General parking for graduates and their guests will be available along Hilltop Circle and in any non-gated parking lots including The Commons Garage. You will not need to pay any metered parking on campus if you elect to park at a metered parking space during the Commencement ceremony.

The top deck of the Administration Drive Garage will be reserved for handicapped parking only. All guests must display either handicapped hang tags or license plates. Permits are required for other handicapped parking spaces on campus as well.

There will be a designated drop-off area in front of the RAC on Administration Drive for those family members and guests who may not be able to walk long distances.

Commencement participants and guests are strongly encouraged to share rides to alleviate parking difficulties. Parking is not permitted at fire hydrants or in fire lanes.

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Friends and guests are welcome to bring cameras to the ceremony; however, the use of tripods for video and camera equipment is not permitted. No guests will be allowed down on the Retriever Activities Center floor.

A professional photographer from Graduation Images will photograph each graduate during the ceremony. The graduate will receive color proofs by mail within approximately two weeks after Commencement. If you wish to purchase prints you may do so, but there is no obligation. Graduation Images’ contact information is 800-424-3686 or

Graduate students need to notify the Graduate School if their address will be different after May 22. Master's students should contact Linda Thomas at 410-455-2440 or Doctoral students should contact Kathy Miller at 410-455-3269 or

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If one of your guests requires special arrangements, please complete the Graduate School Special Accommodations Form and fax or mail the form to Lisa Morgan in the Graduate School (2nd Floor Administration Building; 1000 Hilltop Circle; Baltimore, MD 21250) no later than Friday, May 17. The fax number is 410-455-5932. Special accommodations may include reserved seating for mobility-impaired persons, as well as hearing-impaired services.

A drop-off point for physically challenged persons has been designated on Administration Drive, near the Administrative Drive Garage. Please contact Lisa Morgan at 410-455-8142 if you require further information.

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Tickets are not required for general seating.

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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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