Graduation & Commencement

Graduation

Fall 2018 Commencement

All Fall 2018 graduates, in addition to all Summer 2018 graduates, are encouraged to participate in the iSchool's commencement ceremony on Wednesday, December 19 from 12:00pm-2:00pm in the Armory. Fall 2018 graduates are also welcome to participate in the university-wide commencement ceremony on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 in the Xfinity Center. 

Apply to Graduate

The deadline to apply for Fall 2018 graduation has passed.

All master's-level graduating students must apply to graduate from the university by the above deadline and must submit paperwork to the Office of Graduate Student Services for review and for submission to the Office of the Registrar. All Fall 2018 graduates must register for Fall 2018 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 2018, but never apply to graduate, 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 graduates are welcome and encouraged to participate in both university-wide and college-specific commencement ceremonies. Information about the university commencement can be found here

Eligibility

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 2018 graduation was September 10, 2018.)
  • 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
  • School Library Students must also fill out this Graduation Checklist and submit it to the Student Services Office.

Other Commencement Information

Parking & Shuttles

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

Diplomas

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 Diploma@umd.edu or 301-314-8270 for more information.

Regalia

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. Graduates may purchase regalia packages at the University Book Center's Grad Fair on October 10. For any further questions about regalia, please email Michelle Foster at mfoster5@umd.edu.

Special Accommodations

If you or someone in your party would like to request special accommodations, please notify Jeff Waters at jwaters4@umd.edu. The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center is equipped with handicapped-accessible seating and ramps, and there is access for cars to get close to the front doors of the venue to drop off guests with difficulty walking long distances.