Out of courtesy to your fellow graduates, you are expected to arrive on time and stay for the entire program, which lasts approximately 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 p.m.
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.
To enter the Baltimore Arena, use the main entrance at the corner of Baltimore Street and Hopkins Place or the Howard Street entrance. 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, Office of the Provost and the School of Social Work.
The procession will begin 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.
**Keep in mind that traffic and parking will be very congested and may require you to park several blocks away from the Arena. Please allow time to locate parking and to walk to the Arena.**
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 afloor pass. Do not bring flags, signs or other visible distractions on the stage as 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 toward center stage where President Hrabowski and Provost Rous 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.
Graduates requiring special seating arrangements due to wheelchair use or mobility limitations should contact Erin Johnson at 410-455-5897 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guests attending the ceremony who require special accommodations should visit the “Special Accommodations Seating for Guests” section of the Baltimore Arena Information page of this website
Important Note: Leave all valuables at home or with a friend or family member. There will be no secured room for personal belongings, such as jackets, cameras, purses or book bags, and there is a good chance that after crossing the stage, you will sit in a different seat than the one you sat in before. Smoking is not permitted inside the Arena.