Graduation Information

CMNS Graduate Student Commencement Ceremony

Monday, May 20, 2024
10 a.m.
Memorial Chapel
RSVP link to come.
Graduates will walk across the stage during this ceremony. Regalia is required (see information below).

The ceremony will be live-streamed at youtube.com/user/cmnsumd.

Schedule

  • 9:00 am - Graduates arrive, enter Memorial Chapel through the side door along Chapel Lane, and check in 
  • 9:15 am - Guests arrive at Memorial Chapel through the front door
  • 9:50 am - Procession of Platform Party begins
  • 10:00 am - Ceremony begins
  • ~11:45 am - Reception immediately following the ceremony

The ceremony will last approximately an hour and a half. Graduates and guests are expected to remain and stay seated for the entirety of the ceremony.

Bags are permitted but will be subject to search upon entry into the venue.

Parking

  • The closest parking to Memorial Chapel is Regents Drive Garage. The Memorial Chapel is a ~10-minute walk from Regents Drive Garage or a short ride on the UM Shuttle’s Armory/Chapel Loop (see the shuttle map for route details—times are subject to change). 
  • Parking permits are not required and meters will be turned off on campus from May 20-22. Be sure to obey all posted signage throughout campus as details may change. 

Accessibility

  • Accessible parking spaces will be available in most lots on a first-come, first-served basis and still require a state-issued license plate or hang tag.
  • Guests with limited mobility can be dropped off on Chapel Lane directly beside Memorial Chapel before parking.
  • Accessible parking is located at Regents Drive Garage.
  • Wheelchair-accessible shuttles are available between Regents Drive Garage and Memorial Chapel. 
  • More information and accessibility resources, such as wheelchair rentals, is available at https://commencement.umd.edu/accessibility
  • If you need special arrangements for hearing impairment or other disabilities, please contact Amy Chester (alevine@umd.edu).

Ph.D. graduates and Faculty Hooders: Please watch our video on how to properly perform a flawless doctoral hooding: https://youtu.be/sXn_eS1ENSU.


Campuswide Commencement 

Monday, May 20, 2024
Processional will begin at 6:00 p.m.
SECU Stadium
Regalia is required (see information below).

For more information, visit https://commencement.umd.edu/.


Apply for Graduation

Graduate Students: The deadline for graduate students to apply for Spring 2024 graduation has passed. Please omplete the Graduate Degree Clearance Waiver Form and send it to registrar-graduate@umd.edu


Regalia

Graduation regalia is required. All students can purchase regalia on campus from the University Book Center

Regalia is available to purchase online directly from Oak Hall. Master's regalia must be ordered by April 17, 2024 and doctorial regalia must be ordered by March 12, 2024. Please allow up to 30 days for master's packages and nine weeks for custom doctoral gowns. Shipping charge will apply.

Doctoral rental gown requests are in-store only and must be requested by April 1, 2024. Contact Deddisun Won at dwon1@umd.edu for other questions.

We strongly suggest purchasing your regalia early. For further information, visit https://commencement.umd.edu/graduation-regalia-information.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • August 2023 graduates (master’s, doctoral, graduate certificate)
  • December 2023 graduates (master’s, doctoral, graduate certificate)
  • May 2024 candidates (master’s, doctoral, graduate certificate)

Students can bring up to 6 guests to a CMNS Commencement Ceremony. The event is not ticketed.

All August 2023 graduates, December 2023 graduates and May 2024 candidates must RSVP to attend a CMNS Commencement Ceremony. Registration link to come in early 2024.

Graduate students

Graduate students who meet the following requirements may RSVP.

  • Ph.D. candidate must successfully defend by May 15, 2024
  • Master’s with thesis candidate must successfully defend by May 15, 2024
  • Professional master’s and master’s without thesis candidate who have 1 or 2 credits to complete in the summer

 

Please note: Names of August 2024 graduates who are approved to participate will not appear in the University or CMNS Commencement programs until the May 2025 ceremonies.

Full regalia is required to participate in a CMNS Commencement Ceremony.

Graduation regalia is required. All students can purchase regalia from the University Book Center or order online from Oak Hall. Master's degree candidates regalia are available for purchase only. Doctoral regalia is available for rental from the University Book Center in person. 

Faculty and staff should contact their department's commencement coordinator for assistance with bulk regalia orders or order online. Faculty and staff regalia will be available for pick-up in early May.

For further information, visit https://commencement.umd.edu/graduation-regalia-information.

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.

Visit the CMNS Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony page for more information on that ceremony.