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Commencement Ceremony

Clark School Graduation Reception

Summer and Fall
graduates and their families are invited to attend the

A. James Clark School
of Engineering
Graduation Reception

December 21, 2014
2:30-4:00 pm
Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building Atrium

All Graduates RSVP here to participate in the Winter 2014 Engineering Graduation and/or Reception

Faculty/ Staff RSVP here


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                        Winter 2014 Commencement
                          Sunday, December 21, 2014
                                       1:00-2:30 pm
                                 Cole Activities Center

Aris MardirossianInformation for the A James Clark School of Engineering Commencement Ceremony is provided below. No tickets are required for the Clark School ceremony.

Please check the University Commencement web site for complete details regarding the Main Commencement Ceremony.

12:15 pm Students report to arena floor at Cole Activities Building
12:50 pm Processional begins
1:00 - 2:30 pm Engineering Commencement Ceremony
2:30 - 4:00 pm Engineering Graduation Reception at Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building Atrium

All Graduates: When to Report and Where

Graduates should report to the arena floor on the ground level of Cole Activities Building at 12:15 p.m. to assemble for the Engineering Graduation Ceremony. It is important that you be on time. You must pick up your name card, which will be given to the Reader of Names during the ceremony.

If you are an Undergraduate student, look for the name of your department to pick up your card. PhD, Masters, or Master of Engineering graduates look for corresponding signs. Make sure to complete the survey on the back of card. The Student Affairs staff will assist you in preparing for the Processional.

Please keep in mind that participating in the Commencement ceremony does not in any way imply that degree requirements have been satisfied for graduation.

Ph.D. Student Procedure

Please make arrangements with your advisor to be hooded during the Engineering Graduation 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 and not to Student Affairs or the Dean's Office.

RSVP by December 1 to participate in the December 2014 Engineering Graduation Ceremony and/or Reception.

graduatesMasters Student Procedure

Information regarding graduation procedures can be found on the Graduate School page. Inquiries regarding commencement ceremony participation should be directed to your departmental graduate advisor and not to Student Affairs or the Dean's Office.

RSVP by December 1 to participate in the December 2014 Engineering Graduation Ceremony and/or Reception.

B.S. Graduate Candidates

Undergraduate students completing all degree requirements in the summer or fall 2014 semesters are eligible to participate in the Engineering Graduation Ceremony. If your degree requirements will not be complete at the end of the semester, but you would like to participate at the Engineering Commencement ceremony, complete a Request to Participate in Engineering Commencement Ceremony form in the month before commencement.

RSVP by December 1 to participate in the December 2014 Engineering Graduation Ceremony and/or Reception.

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

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  • PhD:  After Commencement, diplomas can be picked up 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.
  • Masters:  Diplomas will be mailed out to those that have completed all requirements approximately six weeks after graduation.
  • B.S:  Diplomas will be mailed out to those that have completed all requirements approximately six weeks after graduation.

Undergraduate Students with Honors

If you are an undergraduate student graduating with Latin honors (summa, magna and cum laude), engineering department honors and/or Clark School 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 by the beginning of December when the tassels are available. Latin, department and Clark School honors will also be announced when your name is read during the recognition portion of the Engineering ceremony.
Contact Jane Fines ( if you have any questions.

GPA Ranges for Latin Honors: December 2014

Summa:         4.000 - 3.970  
Magna:          3.969 - 3.929
Cum Laude:    3.928- 3.820

GPA Ranges for Latin Honors: December 2014

Summa:         TBD  
Magna:          TBD
Cum Laude:    TBD


You are responsible for obtaining your own graduation regalia through the University Book Center. A graduation fair will be held from October 14-16, 2014 from 10 am to 5 pm. The University Book Center will take orders for caps and gowns and other graduation items during the fair. The deadline to purchase regalia is November 7. After this date, the selection of sizes and hood colors will be limited. Ph.D regalia must be ordered in advance through the University Book Center. Active duty U.S. military personnel are allowed to wear their dress uniform instead of regalia if they prefer. For comfort and safety, graduates are encouraged to wear shoes with low heels since you will be standing and processing on the arena floor. Graduates will need regalia as noted below.

  • Undergraduate Students – Bachelor of Science regalia
  • Masters Students – Master of Science or Master of Engineering regalia.  If you do not know which degree you are earning, please check with the graduate coordinator in your department.
  • Ph.D. Students – Ph.D. regalia for the University of Maryland

Parking and Transit

Parking in the marked spaces in the surface lots is free on a first come first served basis. The best option is to use Lot 1 for the Engineering Commencement Ceremony.

If you require accessible transportation for a disabled guest the day of commencement, please make arrangements by calling dispatch services at (301)314-0318. If you have parking questions, please call (301)314-PARK.

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Family and Guest Arrival Times

The processional is scheduled to begin at 12:50 p.m. Family and friends should arrive no sooner than 12:15 p.m. Tickets are not required for the engineering graduation ceremony and plenty of seating is available.

International Students

The University does not issue invitation letters for guests to visit the USA to attend commencement ceremonies. These letters are not required by the embassy to issue a B2 visa. 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.

The B2 visa is designated for tourist activities, such as sightseeing, visiting friends and relatives, obtaining medical treatment, etc. No invitation letter is needed if the purpose of the activity is to sightsee and visit in the United States.


GradImages, the university’s official photographer, will take photographs of each graduate participating in the campus-wide commencement ceremony prior to the procession and photographs at the Engineering graduation ceremony as students cross the platform. While there is no obligation to purchase the prints, the graduate will receive color proofs by email approximately two weeks after commencement. In order to receive the proofs, please make sure that you complete the company’s address card distributed in the line-up area prior to the procession. For more information, contact GradImages at (800)628-4509 or visit

Services for Guests with Special Needs

  • Students or Guests with Hearing Disabilities
    Students or guests requiring sign language interpretation please contact Jane Fines ( by December 1.
  • Special Needs Guest Parking
    Parking for guests with disabilities is available in Lot Z and at the Union Lane Garage to any guest with a disabled permit. View the campus map for parking locations.
  • Special Needs Guest Entrances
    The closest wheelchair access to the Cole Activities Building from Lot Z is through the west entrance near the tennis courts.
  • Special Needs Restrooms
    Restrooms are located on the Concourse Level near Sections C/D and Q/R. Restrooms are ADA compliant.
  • Special Needs Guest Seating
    Wheelchair and special needs seating is available on the concourse level accessible through the main entrance. There will be folding chairs for guests without wheelchairs wishing to sit in this area. Ushers will be available to assist with seating.

For More Information

Please contact Jane Fines (

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