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Information for Faculty, Staff and Administration

Thursday, December 18, 2008 at 10 a.m.
in the Retriever Activities Center
(Procession begins promptly at 9:40 a.m.)

All faculty, associate and administrative staff are invited to participate in the Commencement ceremony. Please RSVP no later than Monday, December 8 by using the electronic response form. The electronic response form will be available October 13. Completion of the form notifies the commencement staff that you plan to march in the procession. It is important that we have a complete count for seating arrangements.


As in the past, 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 13. To reserve regalia, please use the electronic response form.

If you have previously ordered regalia at UMBC, your information will automatically appear on screen when you use 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. For more information, call Gail Dupree at the Bookstore at 410-455-3807.

Faculty should order regalia by Friday, October 24. Beginning October 27, you will pay a late charge of $20 for your order. 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 Graduation Center beginning on Monday, December 8 and will continue through Monday, December 15. For more information, call Gail Dupree at the Bookstore at 410-455-3807. Faculty and staff must pick up regalia at the Bookstore by Monday, December 15. Regalia will not be available at the RAC.

The Bookstore requests that you return your regalia to the Bookstore immediately following the ceremony. Please 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. Please enter the RAC at the main entrance and follow the directional signs. Student marshals will be available to monitor Courts I and II, so faculty and staff may leave their jackets and coats while the ceremony takes place. 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. (This is the same location where the platform party lined up for Convocation.) A student marshal will be available to monitor the area, so platform party members may leave their jackets and coats while the ceremony takes place. 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, contact Laura Arnwine in the Office of Institutional Advancement at 410-455-5897 or at

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