Everything you need to know about the Clark School graduation ceremony

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Schedule

The Engineering Commencement ceremonies will be live streamed. Follow the links in the schedule below.

12:00 pm Undergraduate Students report to XFINITY Center Pavilion (room 0601)
12:50 pm Undergraduate Processional begins
1:00-3:00 pm Undergraduate Engineering Commencement Ceremony
Live streaming of the Undergraduate Ceremony
3:00-4:30 pm Engineering Graduation Dessert Reception at Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building and Plaza
4:00 pm Graduate Students report to XFINITY Center Pavilion (room 0601)
4:50 pm Graduate Processional begins
5:00-6:30 pm Graduate Engineering Commencement Ceremony
Live streaming of the Graduate Ceremony

 

Clark School Graduation Reception

Spring 2017 graduates and their families are invited to attend the A. James Clark School of Engineering Graduation Dessert  Reception. Please RSVP by April 15, 2017, to participate in the graduation reception and the engineering commencement ceremony.

May 20, 2017
3:00–4:30
Jeong H. Kim Building and Plaza 

Faculty and staff planning to attend the reception or ceremony should RSVP by April 15.

 

Graduates

It is important that all graduates arrive on time. Security measures, such as wanding or bag checks, may be in place for entrance into XFINITY. Backpacks and bags larger than 8x 11 x12 are prohibited. 

It is important to remember that participating in the commencement ceremony does not imply that degree requirements have been satisfied for graduation.

Eligibility

Undergraduate students completing all degree requirements in the spring 2017 semester are eligible to participate in the Clark School graduation ceremony. Please RSVP by April 15, 2017, to participate in the graduation reception and the engineering commencement ceremony. If your degree requirements will not be complete at the end of the semester but you would like to participate in the ceremony, complete a Request to Participate in Engineering Commencement Ceremony form in the month prior to commencement.

A complete timeline regarding the undergraduate graduation process and required paperwork is available at Undergraduate Advising and Academic Support Graduation.

Regalia

Graduates are responsible for obtaining their own graduation regalia. Caps, gowns, and diploma frames are available for purchase at the University Book Center located in the Stamp Student Union. You can also purchase all commencement-related materials during the Grad Fair, hosted by the University Book Center from 10am to 6 pm March 7-9, 2017. Doctoral students may purchase or rent regalia from the University Book Store. Regalia cannot be purchased online. If you live out of state or cannot come to campus to order your regalia, it will be shipped to you at an additional fee. Contact Michelle Foster at the University Book Center at 301.405.9478 or mfoster5 at umd.edu for more information. 

To receive the correct regalia, tell the University Book Center that you have earned a Bachelor of Science. 

Active duty U.S. military personnel are allowed to wear their dress uniform instead of regalia if they prefer. 

Honors

If you are an undergraduate student graduating summa, magna, or cum laude or with department or Clark School honors honors, you will receive a gold and/or red tassel from the college to wear on your cap at graduation. Students will be notified via email about two weeks prior to the ceremony when and where the tassels will be available for pick up. Latin, department, and Clark School honors will also be announced when your name is read during the recognition portion of the Clark School ceremony.

Latin honors at the time of commencement are tentative.  The final determination will be made when all grades are submitted for all semesters. To view GPA cutoffs and review the university policy, visit the Office of the Registrar website. 

Processional Preparation

Upon entering the Pavilion (room 0601) at the XFINITY Center, look for the name of your department to pick up your name card. You will be asked to give this card to the Reader of Names during the ceremony. Be sure to complete the survey on the back of the card. 

Clark School staff will be on-site to assist you in preparing for the processional. 

Diplomas

Diplomas will be mailed to those who have completed all graduation requirements approximately six weeks after graduation. 

Eligibility

Information regarding graduation procedures are available on the Graduate School page. Inquiries regarding commencement ceremony participation should be directed to your departmental graduate advisor. Please RSVP by April 15, 2017, to participate in the graduation reception and the engineering commencement ceremony.

Regalia

Graduates are responsible for obtaining their own graduation regalia. Caps, gowns, and diploma frames are available for purchase at the University Book Center located in the Stamp Student Union. You can also purchase all commencement-related materials during the Grad Fair, hosted by the University Book Center from 10am to 6 pm March 7-9, 2017. Doctoral students may purchase or rent regalia from the University Book Store. Regalia cannot be purchased online. If you live out of state or cannot come to campus to order your regalia, it will be shipped to you at an additional fee. Contact Michelle Foster at the University Book Center at 301.405.9478 or mfoster5 at umd.edu for more information. 

To receive the correct regalia, be sure you provide University Book Center staff with the name of the degree you have earned: Master of Science (gold hood), Master of Professional Studies in Technology Entreprenuership (gold hood), or Master of Engineering (orange hood). If you do not know, talk to your departmental graduate coordinator.

Active duty U.S. military personnel are allowed to wear their dress uniform instead of regalia if they prefer. 

Processional Preparation

Upon entering the Pavilion (room 0601) at the XFINITY Center, look for the name of your department and the Master's student sign to pick up your name card. You will be asked to give this card to the Reader of Names during the ceremony. Be sure to complete the survey on the back of the card. 

Clark School staff will be on-site to assist you in preparing for the processional. 

Diplomas

Diplomas will be mailed to those who have completed all graduation requirements approximately six weeks after graduation. 

Eligibility

Information regarding graduation procedures are available on the Graduate School page. Inquiries regarding commencement ceremony participation should be directed to your departmental graduate advisor. Please RSVP by April 15, 2017, to participate in the graduation reception and the engineering commencement ceremony.

Regalia

Graduates are responsible for obtaining their own graduation regalia. Doctoral students may purchase or rent regalia from the University Book Store, located in the Stamp Student Union. You can also purchase all commencement-related materials during the Grad Fair, hosted by the University Book Center from 10am to 6 pm March 7-9, 2017Regalia cannot be purchased online. If you live out of state or cannot come to campus to order your regalia, it will be shipped to you at an additional fee. Contact Michelle Foster at the University Book Center at 301.405.9478 or mfoster5 at umd.edu for more information. 

To receive the correct regalia, tell the University Book Store staff that you have earned a doctoral degree. 

Active duty U.S. military personnel are allowed to wear their dress uniform instead of regalia if they prefer. 

Processional Preparation

Be sure to make prior arrangements with your advisor to be hooded during the Clark School ceremony. If your advisor is not available, you can ask another member of your committee or a favorite faculty member to hood you, or your department chair can hood you. Inquiries regarding commencement ceremony participation should be directed to your department.

Upon entering the Pavilion (room 0601) at the XFINITY Center, look for the name of your department and the Ph.D candidate sign to pick up your name card. You will be asked to give this card to the Reader of Names during the ceremony. Be sure to complete the survey on the back of the card. 

Clark School staff will be on-site to assist you in preparing for the processional. 

Diplomas

Diplomas can be picked up after commencement in the Diploma Office, located on the first floor of the Mitchell Building.  The Diploma Office will not be open the day of commencement but will open for regular office hours the following business day.

Visitors

Parking

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

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 Clark School’s ceremonies.  Tickets are not required and plenty of seating is available. 

International Visas

The university 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. You can also send an Enrollment Verification Certificate along with the copy of your passport.

Photography

GradImages, the university’s official photographer, will take photographs of each graduate participating in the campus-wide commencement ceremony prior to the procession and one at the Clark School graduation ceremony as they cross the platform. While there is no obligation to purchase the prints, the graduate will receive color proofs email approximately two weeks after commencement.  In order to receive the proofs, be sure to complete the company’s address card distributed in the line-up area prior to the procession.  

Accomodation Services

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 for guests with disabilities is available at the XFINITY Center in Lot 4B and in the Terrapin Trail Garage. No special permit is required for the Clark School 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 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)

There is designated seating for elderly or disabled guests who cannot climb stairs on the concourse level (third floor) above sections 120 and 121. 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.

All Clark School ceremonies are closed captioned. Students or guests requiring sign language interpretation should contact Jane Fines at jfines@umd.edu by April 15, 2017. 

Each of the 37 restrooms located conveniently throughout XFINITY Center is ADA compliant and accessible to our guests with disabilities. Four private bathrooms have been 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).

Additional Information

Visit the university commencement site for more information on the campus-wide ceremony. For questions related to the Clark School ceremonies, contact Jane Fines at jfines@umd.edu


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