Frequently Asked Questions


General Information

The University of Maryland will be holding its campuswide Commencement in person on Monday, December 20, 2021.  The ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. at The XFINITY Center

A live stream of the ceremony will also be available on commencement.umd.edu

The ceremony will last approximately 75 minutes. 

Safety Guidelines

Yes. There will be a student processional.

No. Graduates will remain seated for the duration of the ceremony. 

Graduates will be recognized at their respective individual colleges’ ceremony on Tuesday, December 21 or Wednesday, December 22.

All attendees will be required to follow current COVID-19 health and safety guidelines  If you answer yes to any of the following questions the day of the event, we ask you to please refrain from attending in person: 

  • Have you or anyone in your household tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 30 days?
  • Do you have any reason to believe you or anyone in your household has been exposed to COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
  • To the best of your knowledge have you been in close proximity to any individual who tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
     

COVID-19 testing is not required for graduates, faculty, staff or guests attending in person commencement ceremonies. 

There is no cost to park in any metered or permit space. ADA spaces still require an ADA permit or plate. Fire lanes, roadways, and landscape are not valid parking spaces.

XFinity Center
2nd floor of Terrapin Trail Garage. Drivers should go in the middle entrance. 


Armory
There is an accessible drop-off point in QQ (behind the Armory) for individuals who are being driven. The vehicles should then park in Regents Drive Garage after dropping off and may return at any point to pick up in the same location. If the person needing accessible parking is the only driver in their vehicle, they may park in lot L (around the Armory) as long as space remains. If space runs out they may park in Regents Drive Garage and take the shuttle bus to the Armory. 


The Clarice
There are a handful of roadway spaces along Alumni Drive that are signed for ADA permits. Aside from that, there are ADA spaces inside the Stadium Drive Garage. All of these are first-come first-served. If those fill, the entirety of Stadium Drive Garage is available (and free, as noted above). Elevators are located at either end of the garage. 

Parking for guests with disabilities is available at the Xfinity Center in Lot 4, 6 (Terrapin Trail Garage), 9, and 11 surrounding the Xfinity Center.

Take a few minutes to review the XFINITY Center guidelines for items allowed and security procedures for the facility during commencement ceremonies.

Yes, concessions will be available on site with water and food options. Only cashless payments options are available.

Commencement Ceremonies

The campuswide commencement ceremony will be livestreamed starting at 4:00 p.m. on commencement.umd.edu as well as the UMD YouTube channel. Graduates and their families can also follow along on the UMD Twitter and Instagram for live updates during the ceremony and opportunities to engage and interact in real-time using the #UMDGrad hashtag.


Yes, the ceremony will be available on commencement.umd.edu for any subsequent viewing following the livestream.

Yes, both the campuswide commencement and individual school and college ceremonies will have closed captioning. When viewing the ceremony, click on “CC” or video settings to turn on captions.

The ceremony can play on most browsers such as Safari, Chrome, Firefox, iOS or Android. A hardline connection over a wireless router (WiFi) is more consistent for carrying streaming video. 

Minimize local network congestion. If you can, ask others to limit activity during the event. 
Close out other running programs while viewing. Other open browser tabs, email, etc all use data and resources that will impact your computer’s streaming watching performance.

Reboot your computer or mobile device if it has been running for several days. Devices can become sluggish after running continuously for days.

In the event of buffering or other issues, first try refreshing your browser, and if the issue is not resolved try quitting and re-starting the stream.

Ticketing

Tickets are required for all graduates and their four (4) guests. 

Graduates will receive an email on October 25th directing them to set up their account.

Tickets will be emailed to all graduates between December 13th and December 17th. No hard copy tickets will be provided. All tickets will be electronically accessed. 

Winter 2021 graduates must register by December 3rd.

Tickets will be limited to 1 for the graduate and four (4) guests.

Yes. Please contact the Office of Special Events, events@umd.edu, to request this.

No. Tickets may not be transferred to other graduates and/or their guests. 

Children two and under require a special “lap ticket” which can be added to the graduate’s allotment. Please contact the Office of Special Events, events@umd.edu, to request this.

If you have any questions, please contact the Athletics Ticket Office at 301.314.7070.

Yes. The Box Office at The XFINITY Center will be open 90 minutes prior to the ceremony (2:30 PM) and will close once the ceremony begins.

Please contact the Office of Special Events, events@umd.edu, to discuss options.

Yes. Captions will be available on all screens and there will be a designated live ASL interpreter section. Please contact the Office of Special Events, events@umd.edu, to request ASL.

All members of our community are welcome and encouraged to participate by watching the live stream at commencement.umd.edu.

Programs

PhD graduates will receive a special program that will be sent to them after commencement.

The program will be handed out at the main commencement ceremony. The program will also be available digitally as a PDF on the commencement website.

Yes. Please complete the request form. Please note we will only provide a maximum of 5 copies of each item. 

Extra programs and posters will be shipped after commencement starting mid-January. 

Regalia

ON CAMPUS (UNIVERSITY BOOK CENTER)
Academic regalia is available for purchase from the University Book Center (UBC). The UBC will continue to provide regalia services up until commencement. Gown sizing and hood colors may be limited after December 6. Along with full regalia packages, the UBC will stock individual pieces, including the tassel, stole, and hood. 

ORDER ONLINE (OAK HALL)
Regalia will be available to order online directly from Oak Hall for a limited time. Please note that Doctoral Rentals will not be available online, visit the University Book Center for ordering. Flat Rate $14 Shipping charge will apply.

For Candidates | Ordering Link Available October 18 – November 29

For Faculty, Staff, & Administration | Ordering Link Available October 18 – October 29

For additional information please visit the Regalia page.
 

Wearing regalia is required.

Other

Yes. Please contact Bradley Bower (bbower@umd.edu) if interested.

Official diplomas will be mailed to the address listed when applying for graduation via Testudo. Applications for graduating in December 2021 were due September 13th. 

For any further questions or if you need to change your mailing address, please contact Diploma Services: 301.314.8270 / diploma@umd.edu

Students and families can order the 2021 - 2022 yearbook and schedule or submit photos at www.terrapinyearbook.com

Photos may be submitted at www.terrapinyearbook.com. For any questions, please email terrapinyearbook@gmail.com

For any questions about merchandise or licensing please email licensing@umd.edu

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