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Friday, December 21, 2012 at 10 a.m.
Procession begins promptly at 9:40 a.m.

Retriever Activities Center (RAC)
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250

The front doors of the RAC Arena will open at 9 a.m. All guests entering the Arena must show their general admission tickets. Each graduate will receive FOUR General Admission tickets for unassigned open seating on a first-come, first-served basis.

Guests sitting in the overflow area should go to the Administration Building 101 (Lecture Hall III), where there will be a closed-circuit broadcast of the Commencement ceremony. Tickets are not required for the overflow area.

The Commencement procession begins promptly at 9:40 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 list of nearby hotels is available online.


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. Parking is not permitted at fire hydrants or in fire lanes.

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.

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A campus map and directions to UMBC are available online.

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Commemorative DVD

Revisit the memories of UMBC’s 2012 Winter 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 (after October 15) to order online from VPC, Inc. The deadline to order a copy of the ceremony will be January 31, 2013. If you have questions, please contact VPC, Inc. at 410-526-9100, ext. 307. Order forms are available at the Bookstore and will be available at Commencement.

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On Monday, December 3 through Wednesday, December 5, 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

Friends and guests are welcome to bring cameras to the ceremony; however, the use of tripods for video and camera equipment is not permitted.

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Please check this Commencement Web site for information regarding an inclement weather plan for the December 21 ceremony.

For the most reliable information during inclement weather, consult UMBC’s homepage under the “Announcements” section or call the Hot line telephone number at 410-455-6789.  Students may also look for information on myUMBC.  

Although the University distributes closing information to regional news outlets, do not depend on the news media for complete, accurate and up-to-date information. Be sure to consult UMBC's homepage.

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When students pick up their Commencement tickets from the Bookstore on December 3 - 5, they will be able to exchange up to two general admissions tickets for special accommodations tickets. The second ticket will enable one family member or friend to sit with and assist the person requiring special accommodations. Special accommodations seating includes reserved seating for people with mobility or hearing impairments.

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Guests are required to present general admission tickets for admittance into the RAC. When graduates pick up their regalia from the Bookstore, they will receive FOUR tickets admitting their guests to the Commencement ceremony. Lost tickets will not be replaced.

If the graduate has guests with special needs, such as hearing or mobility impairments, the graduate will need to exchange general admission tickets for special accommodations seating tickets at this time (see "Special Accommodations" above). Up to two general admission tickets may be exchanged.

Students who ordered their regalia before or on October 25 can pick up their regalia and tickets in the Bookstore Graduation Center on Monday, December 3, and Tuesday, December 4, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Wednesday, December 5, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Students who ordered their regalia after October 25 can pick up their regalia and tickets on Tuesday, December 4, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Wednesday, December 5, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. The Bookstore Graduation Center will not be responsible for regalia and tickets unclaimed by Tuesday, December 11, the last day of classes.

In addition to the ticketed seating in the RAC Arena, overflow seating will be available in the Administration Building 101 (Lecture Hall III), with a closed-circuit broadcast of the Commencement ceremony. Tickets will not be required at this location. When graduates pick up their regalia and tickets at the Bookstore Graduation Center, they will also need to indicate the number of additional guests (if any) who may need seating in this area. We will use this information to plan for seating.

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

Office of the Registrar: send an e-mail through the “Request Help” function of your myUMBC account
or call the Office of the Registrar at 410-455-2500

Bookstore: 410-455-3807 or

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