DIRECTIONS AND PARKING
Directions to 1st Mariner Arena are
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.
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.
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
Gail Dupree at 410-455-3904.
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.
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
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
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.