Graduation & Commencement

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Graduation & Commencement

A Letter to our Spring 2020 Graduates

Dear Spring 2020 iSchool Graduates,

By now you have most likely seen the communications from President Loh regarding the decision on not holding an in-person Commencement ceremony for Spring 2020, which aligns with the directives and guidance issued by state agencies and the University System of Maryland.  While canceling our in-person Spring 2020 Commencement Ceremony is a necessary precaution to safeguard the health of everyone in the Campus community and their families, it makes it no less of a disappointment to you, the students. 

For many of you, walking across the stage marks an important milestone, not just for you, but for your family and friends. We at the iSchool also treasure the traditions of Commencement and the opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates.  Many of us have been working hard to plan this event and are dismayed that we will not be able to share this special day with you as originally planned.  Please know that one of the greatest joys of our staff and faculty is congratulating and celebrating YOU and your accomplishments, but that we are also committed to the health and safety of our community and committed to complying with the state mandates regarding this major health crisis.

President Loh has asked for members of the community to email him alternative and innovative ideas to recognize this occasion at the University level. Please know that the iSchool is also exploring ways to ensure that you, our Class of 2020, are recognized for your hard work and accomplishments in a meaningful, innovative, and safe way. As we explore alternative options to an in-person ceremony, please take a minute to complete THIS SURVEY.  Your input is important to us as we navigate this unprecedented situation and plan ways to celebrate this important milestone.  

We will provide updates as they become available. If you have any immediate questions or concerns please contact ischoolevents@umd.edu.

Finally, while we work to identify possible solutions please continue to follow CDC guidelines to keep you and your loved ones safe.  We also encourage you to stay up to date on our page at https://ischool.umd.edu/coronavirus.

Take care,

iSchool Commencement Team

Spring 2020 Commencement

All Spring 2020 graduates are invited to participate in the iSchool's commencement ceremony on Friday, May 22 at 5:00pm in the Armory. More information about the iSchool's ceremony will be distributed to anticipated graduates early in the Spring 2020 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 Spring 2020 graduation is February 7, 2020. All graduating students must apply to graduate from the university by the deadline and must be registered for Spring 2020 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 Spring 2020, but never apply to graduate in Spring 2020, 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.

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 Spring 2020 graduation is Feb 7, 2020.)
  • 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

Ticketing

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 us at ischoolevents@umd.edu. 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 transportation@umd.edu or 301-314-PARK. The campus also provides free accessible shuttle buses for graduates and their guests.

Diplomas

Graduates 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, although it is not mandatory. Graduates may purchase regalia packages at the University Book Center, or through the direct link: https://umcpmain.shopoakhalli.com/purchasewizard/Welcome, either on your own schedule or as part of the Grad Fair, which will be held on  March 10-12 from 10am to 6pm in the University Bookstore in Stamp. 

Accommodations

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