Frequently Asked Questions

How is UMBC celebrating commencement?

  • UMBC will be having three ceremonies (One for Graduate School and two for Undergraduates). All ceremonies will be live streamed and a virtual participation option is available for graduates.
  • Below is the schedule for the Spring 2023 commencement ceremonies.

Graduate School Ceremony

May 24, 2023 at 10 a.m.

Ceremony starts at 10 a.m.
Graduates should arrive by 9 a.m.
Doors open for guests at 9 a.m.

Undergraduate School Ceremonies

May 25, 2023

College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences,
School of Social Work,
Erickson School of Aging Studies

Ceremony starts at 10 a.m.
Graduates should arrive by 9 a.m.
Doors open for guests at 9 a.m.

College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences,
College of Engineering and Information Technology,
Division of Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Ceremony starts at 3 p.m.
Graduates should arrive by 2 p.m.
Doors open for guests at 2 p.m.

How do I apply for graduation?

Please review the Registrar’s Office Graduation Process for detailed information on how to apply for graduation. This process does NOT automatically register you for the Commencement ceremony. The deadline is February 15. If the Registrar’s Office has not cleared you to graduate, then you cannot participate in the commencment ceremony.

Who do I contact if I have further questions about the Graduation application process?

You can contact the Registrar’s Office via Request Tracker (RT).

How do I register for the commencement ceremony?

Graduates who have been cleared to graduate by either the Graduate School or the Registrar’s office will receive an email with information on how to register for the ceremony. The registration deadline is April 30, 2023. If you missed the deadline, please email ASAP to see if we can still accommodate you.

Where will the link be to view the ceremonies online?

On the morning of the ceremony, the link to view it will be on our home page. Please share with your family and friends.

How long is the ceremony?

The commencement ceremony is typically 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Will honors be recognized at the ceremony?

Yes, academic honors (cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude) will be in the commencement program under each eligible graduate’s name.

Do I have to participate in the ceremony in-person?

No. Graduates are not required to participate in-person or virtually.

Students can expect to receive their diploma at their mailing address four to six weeks after their degree has been conferred. For additional information regarding your undergraduate diploma, please visit the Registrar’s Office website.

I am graduating and have a mobility disability, what do I do?

If you are a graduate participating in one of the three ceremonies and are using crutches, a wheelchair, or are otherwise unable to use stairs, please email letting us know what ceremony you are participating in and what your major is and we will work with you to find the best solution for your needs.

Where do I get my cap and gown?

Cap and Gown purchases are handled by a third party company, Herff Jones.

Regalia IS required for graduates to participate in the in-person ceremony.

Regalia is NOT required for the online ceremony. However, if students wish to order regalia for photos, they may do so.

Undergraduates may purchase caps and gowns through the bookstore. Caps and gowns will be shipped to the address you provide when ordering.

Ph.D. and Master’s degrees candidates may choose to rent regalia through the bookstore. If rented, the regalia will be mailed with a return shipping label. You are responsible for the return of the regalia, and you will need to rent regalia again if you choose to participate in a future in-person ceremony.

Why can’t I login to Marching Order?

If you have never logged into Marching Order before, please refer to the email sent to you by This email will have instructions on how to login and how to register for the commencement ceremony via Marching Order. If you have previously logged into Marching Order, make sure you are using your UMBC student ID email (ex: as your username. If you are not using this email you will get an error saying “you are not currently listed as an upcoming graduate.”

What is a GradPass?

Your “GradPass” is a QR code that will allow you to walk across the stage during the commencement ceremony. Without your GradPass, your name will not be able to be called when you walk across the stage.

Where can I find my GradPass?

Your GradPass will be available starting May 1. You will have to login to Marching Order to view and print your GradPass. Only graduates who have registered before the deadline of April 30 will receive a GradPass.


There will be a staffed table inside the lobby of the Chesapeake Employers Insurance Arena for guests needing accessible seating or assistance to find seating that fits their needs. Learn more here.

Students will earn their degrees and be able to graduate this semester, consistent with academic standards.

All undergraduate students who have graduated, per the final review process conducted by the Registrar’s Office, will receive their undergraduate diploma in the mail. Undergraduate diplomas are not distributed at the commencement ceremony. Students can expect to receive their diploma at their mailing address four to six weeks after their degree has been conferred. For additional information regarding your undergraduate diploma, please visit the Registrar’s Office website.

All graduate students who have completed degree requirements and been approved for graduation by the Graduate School will receive their graduate diploma in the mail. Students can expect to receive their diploma at the mailing address given on their supplemental application for graduation.

Honors are based upon coursework taken over the duration of a student’s entire undergraduate academic career at UMBC. To be eligible for Commencement Honors, students must have earned at least 60 graded credits at UMBC (excluding Pass/Fail and Audit grades) with a GPA as follows:

  • Summa cum laude (“With highest honor”): Students graduating with a GPA between 3.95 and 4.0.
  • Magna cum laude (“With high honor”): Students graduating with a GPA between 3.75 and 3.9499.
  • Cum laude (“With honor”): Students graduating with a GPA between 3.5 and 3.7499.

Current graduates that are participating in the commencement ceremony in-person, and have purchased their regalia, will be able to pick up their honors cords and stoles at the Bookstore.

While students may be provisionally recognized with Honors at the time of the commencement ceremony and in the commencement program (refer to Eligibility for Undergraduate Commencement Participation), the official determination of Honors occurs after the commencement ceremony, once final semester grades have been submitted and calculated. The diploma of the University and the final official transcript are the only documents that officially award Honors at the time the degree is conferred by the University.

For additional information regarding Commencement and University Honors, please visit the Registrar’s Office website.