Commencement Ceremony Information
Spring 2019 Commencement
The Department of Geographical Sciences Spring 2019 Commencement Ceremony will be held Thursday May 23rd, 2019 at 12:00 pm in the Memorial Chapel. Doors open for guests at 11:15 am. A reception for graduates and guests will be held immediately after from 1:30pm-3:30pm on LeFrak Hall's front patio. Please bring friends and family to celebrate your achievements and enjoy light refreshments.
Parking is open and free across campus on Commencement day, except that since it is a work day, Lot Y will not be open to Commencement guests. Parking meters and stations will not be in operation. Campus recommends that guests park in Regents Drive Garage and take the shuttle, which will stop off right in front of the Chapel.
Disabled individuals will be directed to handicapped spots on the side of the Chapel. These spots are first come, first served. There will be a DOTS attendant to help direct guests into handicapped spots.
Bag Check - NO BALLOONS Food, drink, and balloons are STRICTLY prohibited inside the Chapel (except water). Guests' bags will be checked upon entry so limit large items. Guests will be able to purchase flowers and other gifts at the ceremony if they wish.
For more information or disability accommodations, please contact Amanda Hoffman-Hall and Erin Jacobs at geog-advise [at] umd.edu.
Students, please consider taking our Senior Exit Survey prior to graduation day.
The University’s Campus Wide Commencement Ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. Friday May 24th, 2019 in the XFINITY Center. For more information, visit www.commencement.umd.edu, contact events [at] ur.umd.edu, 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 semester and intend to graduate must apply for graduation. The Application for graduation is due by the end of the add/drop period for the semester in which they intend to graduate 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: Where do I purchase regalia?
A: Regalia must be worn to participate in any commencement ceremony (active duty military may choose to wear their dress uniforms). Regalia can be purchased through the University Book Center in the Stamp Student Union. Undergraduates should purchase the Bachelor of Science regalia, while Masters students should purchase the Master of Science regalia. PhD students should contact Amanda Hoffman-Hall for more information.
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.
Q: Do my guests need tickets to attend graduation?
A: For the Campus-Wide Ceremony, please visit https://umd.edu/commencement/tickets for ticket details. For the Geographical Sciences Ceremony NO tickets are required and there is NO limit to the number of guests you may bring.
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.