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Information for Undergraduate Candidates

Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 1 p.m.
(Procession begins at 12:30 p.m.)

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

Academic Regalia for Students
Alumni Association
Application for Graduation
Bookstore Graduation Center
Career Services Center
Change of Address
Class Rings
Commemorative Video
Driving Directions/Transportation
Food and Beverages
Hotel Accommodations
Special Accommodations Seating for Guests
For More Information

Academic Regalia for Undergraduate candidates

Everyone who participates in the Undergraduate Commencement ceremony MUST purchase the academic regalia that can only be ordered from the Bookstore Graduation Center. Candidates participating in the ceremony are prohibited from wearing a borrowed cap or gown from an alumnus/a or another student – No exceptions.

The dates for ordering regalia at the Bookstore Graduation Center are Monday, March 4, and Tuesday, March 5, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Wednesday, March 6, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.  Regalia can also be ordered online through Monday, March 18. (The Web site will not operate after this date.)  The cost of undergraduate regalia is $47.99. Beginning March 9, candidates who order regalia will be assessed a $25 late fee.Do not wait for clearance from the Registrar's Office to order your cap and gown. If you do not graduate, you can receive a refund from the bookstore for the purchase of your cap and gown (excluding late fee). All forms of payment usually accepted in the Bookstore are allowed. 

Students who ordered their regalia before or on March 6 can pick up their regalia in the Bookstore Graduation Center on Monday, April 29, and Tuesday, April 30, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Wednesday, May 1, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Students who ordered their regalia after March 6 can pick up their regalia on Tuesday, April 30, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Wednesday, May 1, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. The Bookstore will not be responsible for regalia unclaimed by Tuesday, May 14, the last day of classes. During these Bookstore Graduation Center hours, a professional photographer from Graduation Images will be available for formal portraits of candidates in their regalia. There is no purchase obligation.

Candidates for summa, magna and cum laude honors will be given a keepsake gold stole to be worn at Commencement. Stoles will be distributed with regalia by the Bookstore. If you have earned University Honors (at least 45 UMBC credits with a GPA of 3.5 or higher) by the end of Fall 2012 semester, you will receive a stole.

The cap should be worn so that the mortarboard is level. It should not be tilted to the back or side of the head. The crown should be approximately one inch above the eyebrows. The front of the cap is indicated on the inside of the crown. Men remove their caps during the playing of the National Anthem.

Tassels are worn on the right side, and then switched to the left after the degrees are conferred.

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As a graduate of UMBC, you are automatically a member of the Alumni Association. There are no dues or fees. We hope you will stay connected with your alumni friends, classmates and University associates through the many events, programs and services offered, especially through C-YA, our Chapter of Young Alumni. Stay informed of alumni activities and news by reading UMBC Magazine and our monthly e-mail newsletter or by visiting Retriever Net, our alumni online community, at Once online, you may update your mailing address and check all the special alumni advantages you’re eligible for – from great rates on consumer services to short-term health care coverage. Congratulations on graduating, and welcome to the Alumni Association!

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The Office of the Registrar coordinates the graduation application and review process for undergraduates.  The application deadline has passed.  The following timeline outlines the review process:

May 2013 Graduation Application and Deadline: February 15
General Education and Major Department Review: March 1 through 31
Notification of Graduation Status: April 2 through 15

The August 2013 graduation application deadline is June 15, 2013.  To apply for graduation, access the online Undergraduate Diploma Application located on myUMBC under the "Topics" tab, then selecting Classes and Grades. You will need your myUMBC username and password to access and complete the Undergraduate Diploma Application.

For questions regarding the graduation application and review process, please contact the Office of the Registrar at 410-455-2500 or by email using the Request Help function in myUMBC.

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In addition to ordering academic regalia through the Bookstore, you may purchase graduation announcements and order diploma frames, featuring a mat border with the University seal. The Bookstore is open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday until 4 p.m. The Bookstore's telephone number is 410-455-3807 and the website is

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Career Services Center

Career Services is your primary source for exploring career options, sharpening your job search strategy and connecting with employers from all over the country that want to hire UMBC talent! Visit the Career Services Center (Math/Psych building, Room 212) and meet one-on-one with a career specialist who will help you clarify your motivated strengths and career objective, as well as plan a targeted job search. Walk-in sessions are available from 2 to 4 p.m. every Monday through Friday for quick questions and resume critiques. The Career Services Center also affords you the opportunity to interview and meet with employers through job fairs, on-campus interviews, employer networking events, and a multitude of job listings that are accessible through UMBCworks.

The Career Services Center collects information on what UMBC students do with their degrees via the annual Graduating Student Report. Graduating students are asked to complete the short survey via e-mail or at cap and gown pick-up. Information collected allows the campus to compile relevant and recent data about employment offers, graduate/professional school acceptances, and salary averages to share with faculty, employers and perhaps most importantly, current and future UMBC students.

Check out for a comprehensive view of programs, events and opportunities to find employment or to assist with the graduate school application process. For more information, e-mail or call 410-455-2216.

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Please note that all graduation-related correspondence and diplomas will be mailed to the permanent address available in your student record. You may log into your myUMBC account and under “Profile” verify/update your address.  For questions regarding updating your address, send an e-mail through the “Request Help” function of your myUMBC account or call 410-455-3158.

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CLass RingS

Order from the Herff Jones Company or Balfour. Sales representatives from Herff Jones will be on campus at the Bookstore on March 4 - 6 and April 29 - May 1.

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Commemorative Video

This is the day you’ve dreamed of, worked toward and eagerly anticipated. Now, you can revisit the memories of your 2013 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, 2013. 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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Undergraduate diplomas are NOT distributed at the ceremony. Instead, they will be mailed between July 1 through 15 to the permanent address available in your student record.

You may log into myUMBC account and under “Profile” verify/update your address. For questions regarding updating your address, send an e-mail through the “Request Help” function of your myUMBC account or call 410-455-2500.

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Directions to 1st Mariner Arena are available online.

The arena is located adjacent to the MTA Light Rail (LRT) which provides service to the north and south every few minutes.

Guests coming from the BWI airport or other points south in Anne Arundel County can travel directly to the Arena by LRT and guest traveling from points north can park at Hunt Valley and travel to the graduation without burning fossil fuels.

The Arena is also walking distance from the Baltimore Metro system which connects Owings Mills to the downtown area.  

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Food or beverages will NOT be available at the 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, April 29 through Wednesday, May 1, a professional photographer from Graduation Images will be available to take formal portraits of graduation candidates in their regalia. There is no obligation to purchase photos.

Graduation Images will also photograph each graduate during the ceremony. You 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

If you anticipate a change of address, please verify/update your permanent address in your student record.  (see Change of Address).

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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. 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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Specific questions can be addressed to:

Office of the Registrar: 410-455-3158 or
Bookstore: 410-455-3807 or
Commencement Ceremony: 410-455-5897 or
Alumni House: 410-455-ALUM

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