Graduation & Commencement


Graduation & Commencement

Fall 2019 Commencement

All Fall 2019 graduates are invited to participate in the iSchool's commencement ceremony on Wednesday, December 18 at 12:00pm in the Armory. Summer 2019 graduates will be eligible to participate in our Fall ceremony. More information about the iSchool's ceremony will be distributed to anticipated graduates early in the Fall 2019 semester. For more information about the university-wide ceremony, or about individual college ceremonies, please visit the university's Commencement page

Apply to Graduate

The deadline to apply for Fall2019 graduation has passed. If you are planning to graduate in Fall 2019 but did not apply to graduate, please contact your advisor immediately. All graduating students must apply to graduate from the university by the above deadline and must be registered for Fall 2019 coursework.

The university requires that students must be registered in the semester in which they intend to graduate. For example, if you finish coursework in Fall 2019, but never apply to graduate in Fall 2019, you must register for a course in the following term and pay all associated tuition and fees, and then apply to graduate in that term. If you have questions, schedule an appointment with your advisor.


All university coursework requirements must be completed by the time of graduation. Your student account must be cleared with the university before your diploma will be mailed. This includes any outstanding Health Center charges, parking fines, library fines, tuition fees, etc. Check with the Office of the Bursar at 301-314-9000 to be sure that you have financial clearance.

Graduation Checklist

  • Apply for graduation. (The deadline to apply for Fall 2019 graduation was September 9, 2019.)
  • Settle your student financial account.
  • Meet all university and program requirements. If you have questions about this, schedule an appointment with your advisor.
  • Update your address and email address on Testudo
  • Purchase your regalia from the University Book Center
  • Get involved with the iSchool Alumni Association

Commencement Information


At this time, tickets are not required for graduates or their guests for the College of Information Studies ceremony. If you plan on bringing a larger group of 20+, please coordinate with Jeff Waters at If you have questions about ticketing for the university-wide ceremony, please visit the university's Commencement page

Parking & Shuttles

With the exception of fire lanes and accessible parking locations, all campus parking is free on the days of commencement. If you need accessible parking, please contact the Department of Transportation Services (DOTS) at or 301-314-PARK. The campus also provides free accessible shuttle buses for graduates and their guests.


Graduates will receive a certificate at commencement and will receive their diplomas through the mail roughly six weeks after commencement. Please note that diplomas will not be mailed out if a student has any incomplete or failing grades in courses required for their degree. Contact or 301-314-8270 for more information.


Full regalia must be worn at the University Commencement and can be purchased at the University Bookstore in the Stamp Student Union. All graduates participating in the iSchool commencement ceremony are strongly encouraged to wear full regalia, although it is not mandatory. Graduates may purchase regalia packages at the University Book Center, and more information will be conveyed to our graduates later in the Fall semester. 


If you as a graduate or someone in your party would like to request accessibility accommodations, please notify Jeff Waters at The Reckord Armory features a ground-level dropoff with easy access for guests in wheelchairs or with other mobility accommodation needs.