Welcome to the University of Maryland Winter commencement website! 

Congratulations to the class of 2015! The University of Maryland welcomes you to our December 2015 Commencement website, where graduates, family members and the university community may find information about the ceremonies. These events are not only a celebration of the graduating students' accomplishments at the University of Maryland, but also an occasion to acknowledge our joint enthusiasm for their future endeavors. The university recognizes that commencement is a milestone in our graduates' lives and, as such, we strive to ensure that everyone enjoys their experience. The campus-wide ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, December 19, and the individual college or school ceremonies will occur at various times on Sunday, December 20 beginning at 1 P.M. The colleges and schools will contact graduating students with specific information pertaining to the individual ceremonies. Contact the college or school directly for more information.

The university is pleased to provide a real-time stream of the campus-wide ceremony on the commencement website beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday, December 19.

The ceremony will also be cablecast on UMTV in Prince George's and Montgomery counties. On-campus viewers can watch UMTV on channel 38. Off-campus viewers should check their local listings for UMTV.

Campus-wide Commencement Ceremony

The winter campus-wide ceremony will take place on Saturday, December 19, at 7 p.m. in the Xfinity Center. The procession of students begins promptly at 6:40 p.m. The campus-wide commencement ceremony represents the culmination of a student's academic career at the University of Maryland. Unlike the individual college or school ceremonies, it is an opportunity for the president to congratulate the graduates as a group. Although graduates do not walk across the stage in the campus-wide ceremony, it is in this ceremony that the degrees are officially conferred. At the end of the ceremony, the graduates will turn their tassels from the right to the left, symbolizing the transition from student to alumnus. The university encourages graduates, their family and friends to attend this approximately 90-minute event marking the beginning of the two-day commencement celebration.


All university coursework requirements must be completed by the time of graduation. Your student account must be cleared with the university before your diploma will be mailed. This includes any outstanding Health Center charges, parking fines, library fines, etc. Check with the Office of the Bursar at 301.314.9000 to be sure that you have financial clearance.
For more information regarding the graduation application and commencement honors, review the Undergraduate or Graduate catalog.

A checklist for graduation:
  • Complete a senior audit.
  • Apply for graduation (Deadline is September 15, 2015). View the application for graduation.
  • Meet all university requirements.
  • Settle your student account.
  • Update your address and email address on Testudo.
  • Check the University Commencement website for schedules and other helpful information.
  • "Like" University of Maryland Commencement on Facebook and follow UMDCommencement on Twitter to receive commencement updates.
  • Purchase your regalia from the University Book Center.
  • Conduct an exit interview with the Office of Financial Aid.
  • Check out our Career Services for Alumni.
  • Check out the Maryland Alumni Association's Young Alumni Programs.
Diplomas will be mailed several weeks after graduation.

Important contacts:

Office of the Bursar 301.314.9000/billtalk@umd.edu
Diploma Services 301.314.8270
Office of Special Events: 301.405.4638/events@ur.umd.edu

Campus-wide Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, December 19, 2015

7:00 p.m.

(6:40 p.m. Procession of graduates begin)

Xfinity Center

Individual College and School Ceremony Schedule
Sunday, December 20, 2015

1:00 p.m.

  • Architecture, Planning and Preservation, School Of
  • Colony Ballroom, Stamp Student Union
  • Contact: Michael Brick, 301.405.6291, brickm@umd.edu

  • Art and Art History, Departments of
  • Gildenhorn Recital Hall, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
  • Contact: Art: Kathie Boyle, 301.405.7790, kboyle2@umd.edu
  • Art History: Anna Waller, 301.405.1480, awaller@umd.edu

  • Behavioral and Social Sciences, College of
  • Xfinity Center
  • Contact: Julianna Bynoe, 301.405.8746, jbynoe@umd.edu

  • Languages, Literatures and Cultures, School of; and Linguistics, Department of
  • Memorial Chapel
  • Contact: Languages, Literatures and Cultures: Josiland Chambers, 301.405.6021, jchamb@umd.edu
  • Linguistics: Csilla Kajtar, 301.405.6998, ckajtar@umd.edu

  • Public Health, School of
  • Cole Student Activities Building
  • Contact: Erin Caporellie, 301.405.2357, ethiel@umd.edu

1:30 p.m.

  • American Studies, Women’s Studies, English and Comparative Literature, Departments of
  • Dekelboum Concert Hall, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
  • Contact: American Studies: Betsy Yuen, 301.405.1354, myuen@umd.edu
  • Women’s Studies: Cliffornia Royals Pryor, 301.405.6877, choward3@umd.edu
  • English and Comparative Literature: Karen Lewis, 301.405.3825, lewiske@umd.edu

2:00 p.m.

  • Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies, School of
  • Kogod Theatre, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
  • Contact: Cate O’Brien Barger, 301.405.3196, cbarger@umd.edu

3:30 p.m.

  • Communication, Department of
  • Memorial Chapel
  • Contact: Carlin Bokal, 301.405.6519, cbokal@umd.edu

  • Engineering, A. James Clark School of
  • Cole Student Activities Building
  • Contact: Jane Fines, 301.405.3857, jfines@umd.edu

  • Journalism, Philip Merrill College of
  • Colony Ballroom, Stamp Student Union
  • Contact: David Watson, 301.405.2380, dcwatson@umd.edu

  • Music, School of
  • Gildenhorn Recital Hall, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
  • Contact: Craig Arnold, 301.405.5563, csarnold@umd.edu

4:00 p.m.

  • Business, Robert H. Smith School of
  • Xfinity Center
  • Contact: Terrill Drake, 301.405.9420, smithevents@rhsmith.umd.edu

  • Education, College of
  • Dekelboum Concert Hall, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
  • Contact: Janis Cornell-DeMoss, 301.405.2364, jcdemoss@umd.edu

6:00 p.m.

  • Agriculture and Natural Resources, College of
  • Memorial Chapel
  • Contact: Angela Mazur-Gray, 301.405.0117, abm13@umd.edu

  • Computer, Mathematics and Natural Sciences, College of
  • Cole Student Activities Building
  • Contact: Lisa Bradley-Klemko, 301.405.2080, lbradley@umd.edu

  • History, Department of
  • Gildenhorn Recital Hall, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
  • Contact: Jodi Hall, 301.405.4268, jhall@umd.edu
Please note, the following colleges, schools or departments do not have individual winter ceremonies: Classics, Jewish Studies, Philosophy, Information Studies, Individual Studies and Public Policy.
Ticket Information
No tickets are required for the winter campus-wide commencement ceremony.

Tickets are not required for the individual school or college ceremonies, but some may have an RSVP system in place for graduates and guests. Please contact the individual college or school for more information.
Disability Services
Guests who need disability accommodations or have questions regarding the accommodations for the campus-wide ceremony may contact the Office of Special Events at events@ur.umd.edu or 301.405.4638.

Sign language interpreters are available upon request. Please contact the Disability Support Service at 301.314.7209 or dhhs@umd.edu to make arrangements.

For information regarding disability accommodations for the individual college or school ceremonies, please contact the graduating student's individual college or school.
Flowers and Photos
In order to commemorate this milestone in our graduates' lives, GradImages will take photographs of each graduate participating in the campus-wide commencement ceremony prior to the procession and during the individual college and school ceremonies. While there is no obligation to purchase the prints, the graduate will receive color proofs by mail approximately two weeks after commencement. In order to receive the proofs, please make sure that you complete the company's address card, distributed in the line-up area prior to the procession. For more information, contact GradImages at 800.628.4509 or visit www.gradimages.com.

Roses will be available for purchase at the various ceremony sites across campus.
The University Book Center is the official supplier of commencement regalia for the university, with Oak Hall as the official provider.

The University Book Center, located in the Stamp Student Union, is where you may purchase your graduate cap and gown and diploma frames. You may purchase all your commencement items at the UBC’s Grad Fair on Wednesday, October 14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The deadline to purchase regalia is still TBD, however, after this date, the selection of sizes and hood colors will be limited. Please purchase your regalia at Grad Fair!

For information about class rings and announcements, visit www.balfour.com. Balfour representatives will be at Grad Fair to take orders and showcase the Maryland announcements and class rings.

Undergraduate and Master's Degree Students
Undergraduate and master's degree students must purchase their regalia from the book center. The following items are required and sold as a package:
  • Cap
  • Gown
  • Departmental hood (Bachelor of Arts hood has a white velvet, Bachelor of Science hood has a gold)
  • Stole of gratitude
  • Tassel with official medallion
Undergraduates and master's graduates that shop during Grad Fair will save 10% on the package price. The undergraduate package will cost $138.98 and the master's degree package will cost $149.98. Items may be shipped for an additional $16.95. If you have questions, contact the University Book Center at 301.314.9231 or mhanson1@umd.edu.
Doctoral Students

Doctoral students may rent or buy their regalia. If you choose to rent your regalia, it must be picked up from the book center (shipping is not available). The cost to rent regalia is $220.98 and the cost to purchase regalia is $964.98. To order or rent regalia visit the University Book Center. The last day to reserve or purchase regalia has not been determined. Please check back mid-October. The selection of sizes, robes and hoods will be limited after this date.
Click here to visit our photo galleries from past campus-wide commencement ceremonies.
December 19, 2015
Campus-wide Commencement Ceremony
5:30 p.m. Doors Open
6:00 p.m. Graduates report to the floor of the Pavilion (inside the Xfinity Center)
6:40 p.m. Procession of graduates begins
7:00 p.m. Ceremony begins
December 20, 2015
Individual College and School Ceremonies
Various Campus Locations
Area Accommodations and Dining Information