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Information for Candidates' Families and Other Guests

Commemorative Video
Driving Directions
Food and Beverages
Hotel Accommodations
Parking
Photos
Special Accommodations Seating for Guests
Tickets

Commemorative Video

Revisit the memories of UMBC's 2009 commencement anytime you’d like—and share the memories with those closest to you. To purchase a DVD copy of the graduation ceremony, please click here (after April 1) to order online from VPC, Inc. The deadline to order a copy of the ceremony will be July 31, 2009. If you have any questions, please contact VPC, Inc. at 410-526-9100 ext. 307. Order forms are available at the Bookstore.

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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Directions to 1st Mariner Arena are available online.

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FOOD AND BEVERAGES

There will not be any food or beverages available at 1st Mariner Arena. Graduates and guests should eat before they come to Commencement. Guests and students will not be able to bring food or drinks in the Arena.

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HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

A list of nearby hotels is available online.

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PARKING

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 very 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.

At the Arena, parents and guests will be admitted through the main entrance at the corner of Baltimore Street and Hopkins Place, the Howard Street entrance or through the second floor entrance from the Arena parking garage. Doors to the Arena will open at 11:30 a.m.

Candidates will be admitted at the main entrance at the corner of Baltimore Street and Hopkins Place.

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PHOTOS

On Monday, May 4 through Wednesday, May 6, a professional photographer from Graduation Images will be available to take formal portraits of graduation candidates in their regalia. There is no purchase obligation.

Graduation Images will also photograph each graduate during the ceremony. The graduate will receive color proofs by mail approximately two weeks after Commencement. If you wish to purchase prints, you may do so, but there is no obligation. Please make sure that the Office of the Registrar has your correct mailing address prior to May 1. Graduation Images’ contact information is 800-424-3686 or www.gradimages.com.

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SPECIAL AccomModationS SEATING FOR GUESTS

Seating for guests who need special accommodations due to hearing impairment, wheelchair use or mobility limitations is available for the ceremony at the 1st Mariner Arena. Guests with special accommodations needs should follow the signs for special accommodations seating check-in located directly at the main entrances.

An usher will escort those who need special accommodations seating to the appropriate seating area. Because special seating is limited, only one family member may accompany the guest with a disability into the special seating area. Additional guests will be directed to sit in the general seating area.

Handicapped parking spaces are available in the Arena garage. (The Hopkins Street entrance is the best drop-off point for the mobility impaired.)

Please note the Arena is a large facility and a considerable distance must be traveled to get to all of the seats. Guests for whom walking substantial distances is difficult are strongly encouraged to rent a wheelchair for the day. Wheelchairs will not be available at the Arena. Please consult the "medical equipment and supplies" listings in the Yellow Pages
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Tickets

Tickets are not required for general seating.

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