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.
Directions to 1st Mariner Arena are
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.
A list of nearby hotels is 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 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
Candidates will be admitted at the main entrance
at the corner of Baltimore Street and Hopkins Place.
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.
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.
Tickets are not required for general seating.