Thursday, May 21, 2009 at 1 p.m.
Procession begins promptly at 12:30 p.m.
1st Mariner Arena
201 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Measures at 1st Mariner Arena
of the Ceremony
SECURITY MEASURES AT 1st MARINER ARENA
The 1st Mariner Arena has security procedures
that will affect graduates and their guests. Please review
the following information:
- All bags and purses will be searched
upon entering 1st Mariner Arena.
- Large parcels will not be allowed into
the Arena. This is defined as anything larger than one
cubic foot. Please do not bring wrapped gifts to 1st
Mariner Arena. They will be opened and examined.
- No balloons will be allowed in the Arena.
- Re-entry to the Arena will not be permitted.
(Smoking is not permitted in the Arena.)
- Food and drinks may not be brought into
DAY OF THE CEREMONY
Out of courtesy to your fellow graduates, you are expected
to arrive on time and stay for the entire program, which
lasts approximately one-and-one half to two hours. Doors
will open at 11:30 a.m., and all graduating students must
be assembled in their designated area no later than 12
There is no commencement rehearsal. Therefore, the instructions
listed below and the directions that will be given to
you the day of the ceremony for line-up, marching and
the awarding of degrees should be followed carefully.
It is recommended that you leave all valuables
at home, or with a friend or family member. There will
be no secured room for personal belongings.
To enter 1st Mariner Arena, use the main entrance at the
corner of Baltimore Street and Hopkins Place or the entrance
on Howard Street. You should proceed down the
ramp to the assembly area located on the ground floor
of the Arena and report to the area posted for your department
by 12 p.m. Graduates march in alphabetical order
within their departments, beginning with the College of
Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, followed by the
College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences, the College
of Engineering and Information Technology, the Erickson School of Aging Studies and the School
of Social Work.
The procession begins promptly at 12:30 p.m.,
at which time the candidates will lead the faculty and
staff and Platform Party processions into the arena. Commencement
staff volunteers will direct students to their seats.
When it is time to receive acknowledgement of the degrees,
a commencement staff volunteer will escort each row of
candidates to the stairs that will be used to walk onto
the stage. You must bring your gold floor pass
with you to the ceremony and keep it with you at all times.
Floor passes will be provided to you when you pick up
your regalia. No one will be allowed to participate in
Commencement without a floor pass. (Please do not bring
flags, signs or other visible distractions on the stage.
These items will be confiscated.) When you reach
the top of the stairs, hand your floor pass to the Commencement
staff volunteer who will then hand the card to the reader.
When your name is called, proceed towards center stage
where President Hrabowski and Provost Hirshman will be
standing with other guests to congratulate you with a
handshake. You will then exit the stage via the center
stairs and return to your seat on the arena floor.
Please Note: Graduates who
require special seating arrangements due to wheelchair
use or mobility limitations need to contact Debbie
Michaels at 410-455-3706 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guests attending the ceremony who
require special accommodations, see Special
Accommodations Seating for Guests.
long does the ceremony usually last?
do I purchase my cap and gown?
there a graduation rehearsal?
I need tickets?
should my guests park?
special seating available for a guest in a wheelchair
or with other special needs?
Are there provisions
for students with special needs?
do I receive my diploma?
do I join the Alumni Association?
Will there be
food and beverages at the Arena?
If you have specific questions regarding the Undergraduate
Commencement ceremony, please contact Laura Arnwine
in the Office of Institutional Advancement at 410-455-5897
Office of the Registrar: 410-455-3158 or email@example.com
Bookstore: 410-455-3807 or firstname.lastname@example.org