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Information for Faculty, Staff and Administration

Wednesday, December 23, 2009, at 10 a.m.
in the Retriever Activities Center

(Procession begins promptly at 9:40 a.m.)

All faculty and staff are invited to participate in the Undergraduate Commencement ceremony on Wednesday, December 23. If you also plan to participate in the Graduate School Commencement ceremony on Tuesday, December 22, see the Faculty/Staff/Administration section for details regarding that ceremony. 

RSVP no later than Monday, December 14, by using the electronic response form. The electronic response form will be available October 5. Completion of the form notifies the commencement staff that you plan to march in either or both of the ceremonies (undergraduate or Graduate School). It is important that we have a complete count for seating arrangements, so please RSVP using the electronic form even if you have your own regalia.


UMBC will subsidize the rental of academic regalia for faculty, administrative and associate staff. The Bookstore will begin to accept orders for regalia on October 5. To reserve regalia, please use the electronic response form.

If you have previously ordered regalia at UMBC with the online system, your information will automatically appear on screen when you enter your user name. If you have not ordered before, you must enter the following information: your cap size, height with shoes, weight, degree earned and the name of the school where the degree was earned.

Prior to October 26, there is no cost to the faculty and staff to rent regalia. Between October 26 and December 14, a $20 late fee will be charged. No regalia may be ordered after December 14. Even if there is a slight chance that you will attend Commencement, you should order regalia. It is easier for the Bookstore to return unused gowns and hoods than it is to place a late order and not receive delivery on time.

Regalia will be ready for pick-up at the Bookstore beginning on Monday, December 14, and will continue through Friday, December 18. Faculty and staff must pick up regalia at the Bookstore by Friday, December 18, because regalia will not be available at the RAC. For more information, call Gail Dupree at the Bookstore at 410-455-3904.

Please return your regalia to the Bookstore immediately following the Undergraduate ceremony – do not leave regalia at the RAC after the ceremony.

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Faculty and staff who are marching in the procession should arrive at 9:15 a.m. and line up on Court I in the lower level of the RAC. The Platform Party will line up on Court II. Personal belongings may be left in the line-up area, which will be monitored by campus security. Light refreshments will be available. The procession will begin promptly at 9:40 a.m.

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Platform Party and Marshals

Members of the platform party and marshals should report to the platform party robing area, Court II, in the RAC by 9:15 a.m. Personal belongings may be left in the line-up area, which will be monitored by campus security. Marshals will receive their batons at this time and will receive instructions on where to line up for the procession. Platform party members and marshals will receive an event briefing a week before the ceremony with updated information regarding the ceremony.

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For more information regarding the Undergraduate Commencement ceremony, contact Laura Arnwine in the Office of Institutional Advancement at 410-455-5897 or at

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