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Information for Faculty, Staff and Administration

All faculty and staff are invited to participate in the Undergraduate Commencement ceremony. If you plan to participate in the Graduate School ceremony, please see the Faculty/Staff/Administration section for that ceremony.

Driving Directions and Parking
Faculty/Staff Line-up
Faculty/Staff Regalia
Lunch for Faculty/Staff
Platform Party
RSVP for Faculty/Staff
Transportation for Faculty/Staff


Directions to 1st Mariner Arena are available online.

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 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. Please also note the information below regarding bus transportation from UMBC to and from the Arena.

Faculty and Staff will enter the Arena on Hopkins Place. Please look for the blue awning entrance.

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Faculty and staff will line up at the Arena at 12:15 p.m. The procession will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m. Coat racks for personal belongings will be located in the rooms for the luncheon and will be monitored by security during the ceremony.

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UMBC will subsidize the rental of academic regalia for faculty and administrative and associate staff. If you have ordered regalia at UMBC before with the online system, your information will automatically appear on the screen when you enter 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.

To reserve regalia, please use the Web Commencement form. Prior to April 6, there is no cost to the faculty and staff to rent regalia. Between April 6 and May 8, a $20 late fee will be charged. No regalia may be ordered after May 8. (Even if there is only 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 risk not receiving delivery on time.)

Faculty and staff may pick up rented regalia at the Bookstore Monday, May 11 through Friday, May 15. If you have any questions, please call the Bookstore’s Gail Dupree at 410-455-3904.

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Faculty and staff who are participating in the ceremony are invited to an informal buffet luncheon at 11 a.m. in the 1st Mariner Arena. You will be directed to the area of the luncheon upon your arrival at the Arena. Please indicate on the Web Commencement form if you will arrive at the Arena for the luncheon.

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Members of the platform party will line up in Room 117 at the Arena at 12:15 p.m. This room will also be monitored by security during the ceremony. The Commencement procession will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m.

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For seating purposes, bus transportation and luncheon numbers, we need an RSVP for ALL faculty and staff who will march in either or both ceremonies (undergraduate or Graduate School), even if you have your own regalia. The deadline to RSVP for one or both ceremonies is Friday, May 8. Please use the Web Commencement form.

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Bus transportation from UMBC to and from the Arena will also be provided, leaving at 10:30 a.m. for lunch and 11:30 a.m. for the ceremony only. Please indicate your need for transportation when you RSVP via the Web Commencement form. This information is important as buses are ordered for the number of RSVPs that are received.

The buses will leave to return to UMBC immediately following the ceremony.

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