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Spring Candidates



We are excited to beholding the spring commencement ceremonies at our new UMBC Event Center on campus! There will be two undergraduate ceremonies, please see below to see which ceremony you should participate in.

10:00 a.m. – College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, The School of Social Work, and The Erickson School
4:00 p.m. – The College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences, College of Engineering and Information Technology, and Interdisciplinary Studies


For all ceremonies, you are expected to arrive on time and stay for the entire program out of respect for your fellow graduates. Doors will open one hour prior to the ceremony start, and all graduating students must be assembled in their designated area at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony. 

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 Event Center, use the lower level side entrance, there will be signs to guide you. Graduates march in alphabetical order within their departments.

The procession will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. for the 10:00 a.m. ceremony and at 3:30 p.m. for the 4:00 ceremony, 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 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 stage 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


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.