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Winter Candidates

Out of courtesy to your fellow graduates, you are expected to arrive on time and stay for the entire ceremony, which will last approximately 90 minutes.

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.

Undergraduates must line up in the lower level of the Event Center by 9 a.m. When you arrive at the Event Center, follow signage to the area designated for the department your major is in. Undergraduates march in alphabetical order by department.

The procession (when the graduates, faculty and staff, and Platform Party enter the floor of the Event Center and take their seats) begins promptly at 9:40 a.m., and the ceremony (this is when remarks will be made) will begin at 10:00 a.m. Commencement staff volunteers will direct students to their seats. 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 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 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 area for personal belongings, such as coats, 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. No balloons are allowed in the Event Center. Smoking is not permitted inside the Event Center.