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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

Commemorative Video
Driving Directions
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Revisit the memories of UMBC's 2011 commencement anytime you’d like—and share the memories with those closest to you. To purchase a DVD copy of the graduation ceremony, please click here to order online from VPC, Inc. The deadline to order a copy of the ceremony will be July 31, 2011. If you have any questions, please contact VPC, Inc. at 410-526-9100 ext. 307. Order forms are available at the Bookstore.

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Directions to 1st Mariner Arena are available online.

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There will not be any food or beverages available at 1st Mariner Arena. Graduates and guests should eat before they come to Commencement. Guests and students will not be able to bring food or drinks in the Arena.

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A list of nearby hotels is available online.

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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 very 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.

At the Arena, parents and guests will be admitted through the main entrance at the corner of Baltimore Street and Hopkins Place, the Howard Street entrance or through the second floor entrance from the Arena parking garage. Doors to the Arena will open at 11:30 a.m.

Candidates will be admitted at the main entrance at the corner of Baltimore Street and Hopkins Place.

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On Monday, May 2 through Wednesday, May 4, a professional photographer from Graduation Images will be available to take formal portraits of graduation candidates in their regalia. There is no purchase obligation.

Graduation Images will also photograph each graduate during the ceremony. The graduate will receive color proofs by mail 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

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Seating for guests who need special accommodations due to hearing impairment, wheelchair use or mobility limitations is available for the ceremony at the 1st Mariner Arena. Guests with special accommodations needs should follow the signs for special accommodations seating check-in located directly at the main entrances.

An usher will escort those who need special accommodations seating to the appropriate seating area. Because special seating is limited, only one family member may accompany the guest with a disability into the special seating area. Additional guests will be directed to sit in the general seating area.

Handicapped parking spaces are available in the Arena garage. (The Hopkins Place entrance is the best drop-off point for the mobility impaired.)

Please note the Arena is a large facility and a considerable distance must be traveled to get to all of the seats. Guests for whom walking substantial distances is difficult are strongly encouraged to rent a wheelchair for the day. Wheelchairs will not be available at the Arena. Please consult the "medical equipment and supplies" listings in the Yellow Pages.

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Tickets are not required for general seating.

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If you have specific questions regarding the Undergraduate Commencement ceremony, please contact Laura Arnwine in the Office of Institutional Advancement at 410-455-5897 or

Office of the Registrar: 410-455-3158 or
Bookstore: 410-455-3807 or

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