How many tickets
will I receive?
long does the ceremony usually last?
and what time should I arrive?
I need to wear a cap and gown?
there a graduation rehearsal?
should I have my guests park?
do I request special seating for a guest in a
wheelchair or with other special needs?
there a snow date?
do I receive my diploma?
do I join the Alumni Association?
DAY OF THE CEREMONY
UMBC’s Winter Commencement
will be held on Thursday, December 18, 2008 at
10 a.m. in the Retriever Activities Center (RAC)
Out of courtesy to your fellow graduates,
you are expected to arrive on time and stay for
the entire program, which will last approximately
There is no Commencement rehearsal.
Instructions for line-up, marching and the awarding
of degrees should be followed carefully on the
day of the ceremony.
Undergraduates must line up in the
lower level (basement) of Sondheim Hall by 9 a.m.
Be sure to bring your gold floor pass, which you
will receive with your regalia. No one
will be allowed to participate in the ceremony
without a floor pass, so please keep it with you
at all times and remember to bring it on stage. When
you arrive at Sondheim Hall, follow signage to
the area designated for the department your major
is in. Undergraduates march in alphabetical order
by department. You will be given additional instructions
during line-up. The procession begins promptly
at 9:40 a.m.
Important Note: Please
leave all valuables at home or with a friend
or family member when you arrive at the RAC. There
will be no secured area for personal belongings,
such as coats, cameras, purses or book bags. Smoking
is not permitted inside the RAC.
Each undergraduate student attending
the 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, October
6 and Tuesday, October 7 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
and Wednesday, October 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Regalia
can also be purchased online through Friday,
October 17. (The Web site will not operate
after this date.) The cost of undergraduate
regalia is $37.99. Beginning October 13,
candidates who order regalia will be assessed a
$20 late fee. All forms of payment usually accepted
in the Bookstore are allowed.
Regalia must be picked up
in the Bookstore Graduation Center on Monday,
December 1 through Wednesday, December 3, from
10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Bookstore will not be responsible
for regalia or tickets unclaimed by Tuesday,
December 9, the last day of classes.
The tassels given to undergraduates
are worn on the right side at the beginning of
the ceremony and then switched to the left after
the degrees are conferred. 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.
After the ceremony, all undergraduates
can keep their regalia as keepsakes. Candidates
for summa, magna and cum laude honors will be given
a keepsake gold stole, along with their regalia
from the Bookstore Graduation Center to be worn
at Commencement. If you have earned University
Honors (at least 45 UMBC credits with a 3.50 or
higher GPA) by the end of spring 2008 semester,
you will receive a stole. Please call the Registrar's
Office at 410-455-3158 for more information.
As a graduate of UMBC, you
are automatically a member of the UMBC Alumni
Association. There are no dues or fees. We
hope you’ll stay connected with your
alumni friends, classmates and University
associates by taking advantage of the many
events, programs and services offered by
the Association and the Chapter of Young
Alumni. Be sure to check out all of the special
Alumni benefits that you’re eligible
for – everything from great rates on
consumer services to short-term healthcare
by visiting the Alumni Association Web site
and online directory, Retriever Net, at www.umbc.edu/alumni.
The Office of the Registrar coordinates the graduation
application and review process. The application
deadline has passed. The following timeline
outlines the review process:
December 2008 Graduation Application and Deadline: September
General Education and Major Department Review: October
1 through 31
Notification of Graduation Status: November
1 through 15
For questions regarding the graduation review process,
please contact the Office of the Registrar at 410-455-3158
The May 2009 graduation application deadline is
February 15, 2009. Applications for bachelor's
degree candidates are obtained from the Office
of the Registrar.
addition to ordering academic regalia through
the Bookstore, you may purchase standard
(non-personalized) 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.
Campus maps are available on
the online UMBC
Career Services is your "one-stop" avenue
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 204) 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 and a multitude of job listings that
are accessible through UMBCworks.
The Career Services Center also 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 email 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 www.careers.umbc.edu for
a comprehensive view of programs, events and opportunities
to create career satisfaction. For more information,
e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or
Undergraduates should notify
the Registrar's Office at 410-455-3158 if
your mailing address after December 18 will
be different from the one listed on your
application for graduation.
You may order your class ring
from the Herff
Jones Company for discounts that
range from $50 to $150. Company sales representatives
will be on campus at the Bookstore on December
1 through 3 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. A $25
deposit is required at time of order.
is the day you’ve dreamed of, worked
toward and eagerly anticipated. Now, you
can revisit the memories of your 2008 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, please click
here to order online from VPC, Inc.
The deadline to order a copy of the ceremony
will be January 25, 2009. If you have any
questions, please contact VPC, Inc. at
410-526-9100 x307. Order forms are available
at the Bookstore and will be available
Undergraduate diplomas are not distributed
at the ceremony. Instead, they will be mailed the
week of February 9, 2009. Undergraduates who anticipate
a change of address or have any questions regarding
their diploma should call the Registrar's Office
at 410-455-3158 or e-mail email@example.com.
The front doors of the RAC
will open at 9 a.m. All guests entering
the Arena must show their general admission tickets.
These tickets are for unassigned open seating
on a first-come, first-served basis.
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.
Guests sitting in the overflow area
should go to Lecture Hall III in the Administration
building, where there will be a closed-circuit
broadcast of the Commencement ceremony.
Please 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.
For information on hotels near campus,
click the link below.
There 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.
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
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. Undergraduate
students need to notify the Registrar's Office
(410-455-3158) if their address will be different
after December 18.
AccomModationS SEATING FOR GUESTS
When you pick up your Commencement
tickets from the Bookstore Graduation Center
on December 1 through 3, you 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
Guests are required
to present general admission tickets for
admittance into the RAC. When
you pick up your regalia from the Bookstore,
you will receive FOUR tickets
admitting your guests to the Commencement
If you have guests with special
needs, such as hearing or mobility impairments,
you will need to exchange general admission tickets
for special accommodations seating tickets at this
above.) Up to two general admission tickets may
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 you pick up your regalia
and tickets at the Bookstore Graduation Center,
please also indicate the number of additional guests
(if any) who may need seating in this area. We
will use this information to plan for seating.
more information, contact Laura Arnwine in
the Office of Institutional Advancement at
410-455-5897 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Provost's Office: 410-455-2333
Bookstore Graduation Center: 410-455-3807
Registrar's Office: 410-455-3158