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The undergraduate spring commencement ceremonies will be held in the UMBC Event Center on campus on Thursday, May 21, 2020.  There will be a ceremony at 10:00 a.m. for the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, The School of Social Work, and The Erickson School and a ceremony at 4:00 p.m. for the College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences, The College of Engineering and Information Technology, and Interdisciplinary Studies.

Graduates are expected to arrive on time and stay for the entire program out of respect for your fellow graduates. Doors will open sixty minutes 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 procession. 

Graduates will use the Auxiliary Gym entrance to the Event Center. This entrance is on the lower level on the right side of the building, there will be signs to direct you to the entrance.  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 Event Center.

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.

The procession will begin promptly 20 minutes before the ceremony,  at which time the candidates will lead the faculty and staff and Platform Party processions into the Event Center. 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 a long distance away from the Event Center. Please allow time to locate parking and to walk to the Event Center. There will also be shuttles running to take you from your parking place to the Event Center, a map of the shuttle stops can be found here shuttle map. **

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 a floor 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 and return to your seat on the event center floor.

Graduates requiring special seating arrangements due to wheelchair use or mobility limitations should contact Erin Johnson at 410-455-5897 or