COVID-19

  • The College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences will follow all current COVID-19 health and safety guidelines. To ensure everyone’s safety and in accordance with the university COVID-19 protocols, masks will be required.
  • All in-person campus events are contingent on evolving COVID-19 conditions and guidelines from the Prince George's County Health Department. Hosting successful in-person commencement ceremonies will depend on everyone doing their part and remaining diligent in following the campus 4Maryland guidelines.

Campuswide Commencement Ceremony

Monday, December 20, 2021
4 p.m.
Xfinity Center

The Campuswide Commencement Ceremony will also be available via live stream on this website as well as on the university’s YouTube channelFor more information, visit https://commencement.umd.edu/. Visit the ticketing section of the site for information on tickets. 


CMNS Commencement Ceremony

Wednesday, December 22, 2021
6 p.m.
Xfinity Center
Reception to follow

Graduates will walk across the stage during this ceremony. No tickets are required.

Keynote Speaker: Claire Fraser, 2021 AAAS President and Dean's Endowed Professor and Director of the Institute for Genome Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Medicine
Undergraduate Student Speaker
: Connor Lu, B.S. in biological sciences
Graduate Student Speaker:  Kianté Brantley, Ph.D. in computer science


Future Dates

The University of Maryland will hold its campuswide Spring 2022 Commencement on Friday, May 20, 2022. The ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. at the Maryland Stadium. Individual college and school ceremonies will be held on May 18-20, 2022.


Student and Faculty Regalia and Photography 

Student Regalia
Graduation regalia is required. All students, faculty and staff should order regalia from the University Book Center. Bachelor's and master’s degree candidates regalia are available for purchase only. The following items are required and sold as a package: cap, gown, department hood, stole and tassel. For further information, visit https://commencement.umd.edu/graduation-regalia-information.

Faculty & Staff Regalia

The University Book Center (UBC) will coordinate and order all faculty, staff, and administration regalia rentals.  All rental regalia orders are due no later than November 29.  Regalia orders that are placed before the deadline will be available for pick-up the week of December 13.  All rented regalia must be returned to the University Book Center no later than January 10, 2022, to avoid a $200 non-returned vendor fee.

Please submit orders using this webform. Payment due upon pick-up. If needed, please contact your department’s commencement coordinator for assistance. Commencement coordinators can use the webform or email request/spreadsheets to Deddisun Won directly at DWon1@umd.edu

Photos
A professional photograph will be taken of each graduate participating in the campus-wide commencement ceremony prior to the procession as well as at the individual ceremonies as each student processes across stage when their name is called. The photographer will contact students to purchase photos that will be available to purchase later via mail. For further information, visit www.gradimages.com.


For Undergraduates

Undergraduate students RSVP for the CMNS graduation ceremony here

Senior Clearance Information Form
To be completed by all undergraduate Bachelor of Science candidates in the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences only. Information gathered from the Senior Clearance Information Form will be of great benefit to the college and to future students. Please complete the online form.

Undergraduate Students with Honors
If you are an undergraduate student graduating with Latin honors (Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude or Cum Laude) you will be notified and receive a red tassel from the college. Students receiving departmental honors chords, tassles, stoles, or special medals must contact the department offering the specific award. For more information regarding Latin Honors cutoff and eligibility, visit the Registrar's website


For Graduate Students

Masters Students
Masters students RSVP for the CMNS graduation ceremony here.

Ph.D. Students

Ph.D. students RSVP for the CMNS graduation ceremony here. Please make arrangements to be hooded during the ceremony. If your advisor is not available, you can ask another member of your committee. Your department chair will hood you if your committee members are not available. Also, be sure to watch our video on how to properly perform a flawless doctoral hooding: https://youtu.be/sXn_eS1ENSU.


For Faculty 

Faculty and Platform Party RSVP for the CMNS graduation ceremony here. Also, be sure to watch our video on how to properly perform a flawless doctoral hooding: https://youtu.be/sXn_eS1ENSU.


Information for Family and Friends

Important information about the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences Commencement Ceremony for family and friends.

Arrival Times

Family and friends should arrive no sooner than 60 minutes prior to the start of the processionals as there are other graduation ceremonies scheduled in Xfinity Center prior to the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences Commencement Ceremony. Tickets are not required and plenty of seating is available.

Items Allowed & Security Procedures

Take a few minutes to review the Xfinity Center guidelines for items allowed and security procedures for the facility during commencement ceremonies.


Disability Accommodations, Parking, Shuttles, and Seating

The Xfinity Center is designed with parking, restrooms, water fountains, ATMs, and seating areas accessible to guests with disabilities. Power-assisted doors and closed captioning are also provided. 

Parking and Shuttles

Parking in all surface and pay lots is free and available first come, first serve on commencement days.

Parking for guests with disabilities is available at the Xfinity Center in Lot 4, 6 (Terrapin Trail Garage), 9, and 11 surrounding the Xfinity Center. No special permit is required for the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences ceremony.

The University of Maryland does not have wheelchairs available. If you have difficulty walking long distances, consider renting a wheelchair from an off-campus vendor. If you require accessible transportation for a disabled guest the day of commencement, please make arrangements by calling dispatch services at 301-314-0318. 

Entrances

Entrances for guests with disabilities are available at four locations:

  • Gate C: Southeast corner of the arena on the Ground Level
  • Gate D: Northeast corner of the arena on the Ground Level
  • Gate E: Southwest corner of the arena on the Concourse Level
  • Gate F: Northwest corner of the arena on the Concourse Level (Student Entrance)

Seating

Section 105 and 110 inside Xfinity is reserved for elderly or disable guest seating. Ushers can direct you to these sections once inside the building. Due to limited space, the university recommends that only the person with the disability and one other guest sit in the accessible seating. Additional members of your party should sit in regular seating areas. You do not need to reserve seating for special needs guests.

Restrooms

Each of the 37 restrooms located conveniently throughout Xfinity Center are ADA compliant and accessible to our guests with disabilities. Xfinity Center has four private bathrooms designed for use by persons with disabilities:

  • Top of Sections 105 and 110 on the Plaza Level (Level 2)
  • Behind Sections 122 and 217 on the Concourse Level (Level 3)

For additional questions or special assistance, please contact:

Student Services Office
1300 Symons Hall
phone: 301.405.2080
email: cmnsque@umd.edu 
Mon - Fri, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM


Requests for Invitation Letters or International Visas

The University or the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences does not issue invitation letters for guests to visit the U.S. to attend commencement ceremonies.  These letters are not required by the embassy to issue a B2 visa, which is designated for tourist activities such as sightseeing, visiting friends and relatives, and obtaining medical treatment.  

The graduating student should submit a copy of their I-20 or DS-2019 to the relative applying for the tourist visa. Students can also send a Enrollment Verification Certificate along with the copy of your passport. Enrollment Verification Certificate can be requested from the Office of the Registrar.