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Where will the link be for the online celebration?

On the morning of the ceremony, the link to view it will be on the top of this page. Please share with your family and friends.

Will captioning be available for the UMBC online commencement ceremonies?

Yes. Both ceremonies will stream on YouTube and Facebook. You can open captioning on both streaming platforms.

How is UMBC celebrating commencement?

UMBC will be hosting online commencement ceremonies at the originally scheduled dates and times: Wednesday, December 16 at 10 a.m.for the Graduate School, and Thursday, December 17 at 10 a.m. for Undergraduates.

Will there be an in-person ceremony in the future?

In addition to these celebrations, we continue to work on a plan to invite 2020 graduates to participate in future commencement ceremonies, when it is safe to do so.

What is happening in December to celebrate the Class of 2020?

UMBC will host two online celebrations to recognize our December 2020 graduates. The Graduate School is scheduled for Wednesday, December 16 at 10 a.m. and the Undergraduate celebration will be on Thursday, December 17 at 10 a.m. Although not the typical commencement ceremony with a processional, crossing the stage and confetti, these online events are meant to recognize this special moment. They will include speaker remarks, campus photos, and individual slides recognizing each graduate. The slides will be made available for download, and the celebration will be shared through social media and can be downloaded to share.

How do I register for the events?

Graduates who have been cleared to graduate by either the Graduate School or the Registrar’s office will receive an email with information on how to register for the online ceremony with instructions on how to upload a photo.

If I participate in the online ceremony, will I be able to participate in an in-person ceremony in the future?

Yes, participation in the online celebration will not impact your ability to participate in a future in-person ceremony.

Do I have to participate in the online celebration?

No. If you do not want to have your name included in the online ceremony, do not click the submit button in the Marching Order database. If you want to participate in the online ceremony, you MUST click the submit button in the Marching Order database. Regardless of your choice, you will be able to participate in a future in-person ceremony.

What about my cap and gown?

Cap and gown purchases are handled by a third party company, Herff Jones.

Regalia is NOT required for the online ceremony, however, if students wish to order regalia for photos they can do so. Undergraduates may purchase caps and gowns from the UMBC Bookstore.

Caps and gowns will be shipped to the address you provide when ordering. The regalia may be used in a future in-person ceremony. Ph.D. and Master’s degrees candidates may choose to rent their regalia through the UMBC Bookstore. If rented, the regalia will be mailed with a return shipping label. You are responsible for the return of the regalia, and you will need to rent regalia again if you choose to participate in a future in-person ceremony.

When will I receive my diploma?

Even without in-person Commencement ceremonies this December, students will earn their degrees and be able to graduate this semester, consistent with academic standards. Diplomas will be mailed to graduates in early 2021.

Will I receive my Latin Honors stole or my 4.0 cord?

For those who achieve a 4.0 or meet Latin Honors designation by the end of the Spring 2020 semester, UMBC provides red cords and gold stoles. All graduates who have earned these honors will be mailed the appropriate cord and/or stole.

How do I know if I'm cleared to graduate?

I heard that packages will be mailed to graduates. When will they arrive?

We expect to mail out the graduate boxes the week of December 7.

How do I upload my photo for my slide?

The deadline for graduates to upload a photo to be included on their slide is Sunday, December 6 at 11:59 pm. Each graduate was sent an email on November 2 with login instructions to the Marching Order website, please follow the instructions in that email. You will need to log in using your student ID email or you will be denied access.