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Information for Faculty, Staff and Administration

Monday, May 23, 2011 at 1 p.m.
(Procession begins at 12:30 p.m.)

1st Mariner Arena
201 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

All faculty and staff are invited to participate in the Undergraduate Commencement ceremony on Monday, May 23. If you also plan to participate in the Graduate School Commencement ceremony on Friday, May 20, see the Faculty/Staff/Administration section for details regarding that ceremony. 

RSVP no later than Wednesday, May 11, by using the electronic response form. The electronic response form will be available March 1. Completion of the form notifies the commencement staff that you plan to march in either or both of the ceremonies (undergraduate or Graduate School). For seating purposes, bus transportation and luncheon numbers, we need an RSVP for ALL faculty and staff who will march in either or both ceremonies, even if you have your own regalia.

Renting Regalia
Lunch for Faculty/Staff
Faculty/Staff Line-up
Platform Party
Driving Directions and Parking
Transportation for Faculty/Staff


UMBC will subsidize the rental of academic regalia for faculty, administrative and associate staff. The Bookstore will begin to accept orders for regalia on March 1. 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 April 4, there is no cost to the faculty and staff to rent regalia. Between April 4 and May 11, a $20 late fee will be charged. No regalia may be ordered after May 11. Even if there is only 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 risk not receiving delivery on time.

Regalia will be ready for pick-up at the Bookstore beginning on Wednesday, May 11, and will continue through Wednesday, May 18. Faculty and staff must pick up regalia at the Bookstore by Wednesday, May 18, because regalia will not be available at Commencement.  If you have any questions, call Gail Dupree in the Bookstore at 410-455-3904.

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Faculty and staff who are participating in the ceremony are invited to an informal buffet luncheon at 11 a.m. in the 1st Mariner Arena. You will be directed to the area of the luncheon upon your arrival at the Arena. Please indicate on the electronic response form if you will arrive at the Arena for the luncheon.

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Faculty and staff will line up at the Arena at 12:15 p.m. The procession will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m. Coat racks for personal belongings will be located in the rooms for the luncheon and will be monitored by security during the ceremony.

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Members of the platform party will line up in Room 117 at the Arena at 12:15 p.m. This room will also be monitored by security during the ceremony. The Commencement procession will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m.

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Directions to 1st Mariner Arena are available online.

Parking is available in the 1st Mariner Arena parking garage (enter on Howard Street) or at any of the surrounding parking lots and garages. Parking prices for the day will vary according to each individual lot and garage. Keep in mind that traffic and parking will be congested and may require you to park several blocks away from the Arena. Please allow time to locate parking and to walk to the Arena. Participants are strongly encouraged to use the Metro subway, the Light Rail system or carpool. Please also note the information below regarding bus transportation from UMBC to and from the Arena.

Faculty and Staff will enter the Arena on Hopkins Place. Please look for the blue awning entrance.

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Bus transportation from UMBC to and from the Arena will also be provided, leaving at 10:30 a.m. for lunch and 11:30 a.m. for the ceremony only. Please indicate your need for transportation when you RSVP via the electronic response form. This information is important as buses are ordered for the number of RSVPs that are received.

The buses will leave to return to UMBC immediately following the ceremony.

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