Undergraduate Orientation


Join us and be a part of this long-standing tradition of welcoming new students to our campus!

The UMBC New Student Convocation will take place on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 in the Retriever Activities Center (RAC) at 3:30 p.m.

Ceremony and Line-up

All new students should report to the front entrance of the Albin O. Kuhn Library at 3 p.m. to line up to walk to the RAC through Academic Row.

Upon arrival at the University Center, students will be met and led the remainder of the way by participating UMBC faculty and staff, who will also be greeting and welcoming you to UMBC at the doors of the RAC.

Students will proceed to the lower level of the arena to be seated. The program will start at 3:30 p.m. with the procession of faculty, staff and the platform party. Doors to the RAC will open at 2:45 p.m. for guests.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, all students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend the campus wide picnic on the quad.


Convocation is the formal, ceremonial assembly of the members of the academic community. This traditional ceremony is observed at UMBC and at colleges and universities throughout the world. At UMBC, it marks the beginning of the new academic year.

UMBC’s convocation features a special welcome to new students and their families, and the ceremony concludes with all of the new students putting on their UMBC pins for the first time, signaling that they are formally and officially members of the UMBC Community.

About Regalia

One of the most colorful and distinctive elements of the ceremony is the presence of the platform party and faculty and staff dressed in formal academic regalia. The style of the robe and color and length of the hood serve to distinguish the academic degree the wearer has earned and the institution that awarded it.

Significance of the Pinning Ceremony

The pin reflects the paw of the Chesapeake Bay Retriever, UMBC’s mascot. Wearing the pin acts as a reminder to get involved while you are here and that you are a part of a larger UMBC Community – not only on campus, but in Maryland and throughout the country.

For more information about this and other traditions at UMBC, please visit umbc.edu/traditions.

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The Alum from Day One program begins from the moment a student becomes affiliated with UMBC, and is central to the UMBC Alumni Association’s mission of building alumni pride, engagement and support.

Programs provide unique benefits to students from networking with alumni, connecting with other UMBC students, attending events and receiving special benefits and prizes just for being a student!