Commencement Ceremony Information

Commencement Ceremony

Winter 2018 Commencement

The College of Behavorial and Social Sciences Winter 2018 Commencement Ceremony will be held Wednesday December 19th, 2018 at 3:30 pm in the XFINITY Center. A reception for graduates and guests will be announced soon. For more information or disability accommodations, please contact Amanda Hoffman-Hall.


Students, please consider taking our Senior Exit Survey prior to graduation day.


The University’s Campus Wide Commencement Ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday December 18th in the XFINITY Center. For more information, visit, contact events [at], or call 301.405.4638.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do I have to apply for graduation?

A: Students who will be finishing degree requirements this Fall 2018 and intend to graduate must apply for graduation. The Application for graduation is due September 10th, 2018 electronically via Testudo.

Q: Do I have to attend either of the commencement ceremonies?

A: Participation in the campus-wide and departmental ceremonies are encouraged, but not mandatory. If a student chooses not to participate in the commencement ceremonies, he/she will still receive their diploma.

Q: I am a double major. Which ceremony do I attend?

A: Students can choose to attend both departmental ceremonies, only one ceremony, or neither.  Attendance is at the discretion of the student.

Q: Will I receive my diploma at graduation?

A: No, you will not receive your diploma at graduation. Your diploma will be sent to the diploma mailing address specified at the time the student’s application for graduation was submitted.  If a diploma mailing address was not specified, the diploma will be mailed to your permanent address.



Commencement Video Archive

Fall 2017 Commencement

The Geographical Sciences Fall 2017 Commencement Ceremony was celebrated in conjunction with the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. It was held on Wednesday December 20th, 2017 at 12:00 pm in the XFINITY Center. 

Thank you to BSOS for live-streaming the ceremony! You can watch on the video above, or on their YouTube Channel


Spring 2017 Commencement

The Geographical Sciences & Anthropology Graduation Spring 2017 Ceremony took place on Saturday May 20th, 2017 at Noon in the Memorial Chapel

Thank you to the Philip Merrill College of Journalism for live-streaming our ceremony! You can watch on the video above, or on their YouTube Channel.