the memories of UMBC’s 2008 Winter Commencement
anytime you’d like — and share the
memories with those closest to you. To purchase
a VHS or DVD copy of the graduation ceremony,
here to order online from VPC, Inc.
The deadline to order a copy of the ceremony
will be January 25, 2009. If you have questions,
please contact VPC, Inc. at 410-526-9100 x307.
Order forms are available at the Bookstore and
will be available at Commencement.
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 on Commencement day.
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
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. Parking is not permitted
at fire hydrants, in fire lanes or along yellow
Campus maps are available on the
Your friends and guests are welcome
to bring cameras to the ceremony; however, the
use of tripods for video and camera equipment is
not permitted. A professional photographer from
Chappell Studios (1-800-247-3435) will photograph
each graduate during the ceremony. You will receive
color proofs by mail within approximately two weeks
after Commencement. If you wish to purchase prints
you may do so, but there is no obligation.
students need to notify the Registrar's Office
(410-455-3158) if their address will be different
after December 18. Graduate
students need to notify the Graduate School if their
address will be different. Master's
students should contact Linda Thomas at 410-455-2440
Doctoral students should contact Kathy Miller
at 410-455-3269 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
is no alternative date for the December 18 ceremony.
For the most reliable information
during inclement weather, consult UMBC’s
homepage under the “Events” or “What’s
New” sections or call the Hotline Telephone
Numbers at (410-455/8881/8882/8883/8884/8885).
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.
When students pick up their Commencement
tickets from the Bookstore on December 1 through
3, 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.
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.
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 should pick up
their regalia and tickets from the Bookstore
Graduation Center on December 1 through 3 from
10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Bookstore Graduation
Center will not be responsible for regalia and
tickets unclaimed by Tuesday, December 9, the
last day of classes.
In addition to the ticketed seating
in the RAC Arena, overflow seating will be available
in Lecture Hall III, located in the Administration
Building, 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 more information, contact Laura
Arnwine in the Office of Institutional Advancement
at 410-455-5897 or at email@example.com.
Provost's Office: 410-455-2333
Bookstore Graduation Center: 410-455-3807
Registrar's Office: 410-455-3158
Graduate School: 410-455-2440 or 410-455-3269