COVID-19

The College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences will follow all current COVID-19 health and safety guidelines. 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 mandates. Please check 4Maryland guidelines before the commencement ceremony for the most current information on mask mandates at the University of Maryland.


Campuswide Commencement Ceremony

Friday, May 20, 2022
12 p.m.
Maryland Stadium

The Campuswide Commencement Ceremony will also be available via livestream 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

Friday, May 20, 2022
4 p.m.
Xfinity Center

Graduates will walk across the stage during this ceremony. 

Graduates should arrive at the Xfinity Center and report to the Pavilion Court at 3 p.m. Guests should arrive at the Xfinity Center at 3:30 p.m. The procession will begin at 3:40 p.m., and the main ceremony begins at 4 p.m.

Graduates are limited to six guests. Based on the number of students who RSVPed, the college is not required to give out physical tickets for the CMNS ceremony.

This ceremony will also be live streamed at https://www.youtube.com/user/cmnsumd.

Keynote Speaker: Nancy Kopp, Maryland State Treasurer (2002-2021)
Undergraduate Student Speakers
Alythia Vo (B.S. '22, Biological Sciences; B.A. '22, Spanish Language, Literatures and Cultures) & Connor Lu (B.S. '21, Biological Sciences)
Graduate Student SpeakerKianté Brantley (Ph.D. '22, Computer Science)


Information for Family and Friends

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

ARRIVAL TIMES

Families and friends should arrive no sooner than 60 minutes prior to the start of the processional. Graduates are limited to six guests. Based on the number of students who RSVPed, the college is not required to give out physical tickets for the CMNS ceremony.

ITEMS ALLOWED AND SECURITY PROCEDURES

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

Bag Policy

Guests will only be able to carry bags that do not exceed 12" x 6" x 12", all of which are subject to search. This size limit includes, but is not limited to, purses, backpacks, drawstring bags, briefcases, luggage, computer bags, camera bags, binocular cases and diaper bags.

Prohibited Items (the full list of prohibited items is available on the Xfinity Center guidelines webpage)

  • Pets*
  • Outside Food or Drink of any kind*
  • Fireworks / Firearms / Weapons
  • Artificial Noisemakers
  • Strollers
  • Skateboards / Bicycles
  • Umbrellas
  • Backpacks / Bags that are over 12" x 6" x 12". Please refer to Bag Policy above for more information.

*Exceptions will be made for those with medical requirements and/or special needs.

 


Parking, Shuttles, Seating and Disability Accommodations

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. Shuttle service will be provided from lots 4, 6, 9 and 11 around the Xfinity Center to and from Maryland Stadium. 

Parking for guests with disabilities is available surrounding the Xfinity Center in Lot 4, 6 (Terrapin Trail Garage - recommended), 9, and 11. No special permit is required for the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences ceremony. You do need to have state-issued, disabled parking identification to park in these spaces.

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 *Recommended*
  • Gate F: Northwest corner of the arena on the Concourse Level (Student Entrance)

Seating

Section 120 inside Xfinity is reserved for elderly or disable guest seating. Ushers can direct you to this section 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. It is recommended that you park in lot 6 (Terrapin Trail Garage) and use Gate E to enter as it is a short, flat route to section 120.

Guests who would like an American Sign Language interpreter should sit in the front of section 114.

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
301.405.2080
cmnsque@umd.edu 
Mon-Fri, 8am-4:30pm


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. 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 April 5, 2022.  Regalia orders that are placed before the deadline will be available for pick-up the week of May 8, 2022.  All rented regalia must be returned to the University Book Center no later than June 5, 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 Deddison 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

*Please note this from is only for students who are graduating in May 2022 or have graduated in August 2021 or December 2021. This form is not for students completing their degree after May 2022. Students completing their degree in Summer 2022 can email CMNSque@umd.edu to inquire about walking early. 

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 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.


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.