Clark School Graduation
Fall 2013 Commencement
Information for the A James Clark School of Engineering Commencement Ceremony is provided. No tickets are required for the Clark School ceremony.
Please check the University Commencement web site for complete details regarding the Main Commencement Ceremony.
All Graduates: When to Report and Where
Graduates should report to the lower level of the Reckord Armory at 2:45 pm to assemble for the processional. Signs and staff will be available to direct you.
Directions: 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 graduate advisor and not to Student Affairs or the Dean's Office. Deadline to RSVP to attend the Engineering Graduation Ceremony is December 1, 2013.
Masters 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. Deadline to RSVP to attend the Engineering Graduation Ceremony is December 1, 2013.
B.S. Graduate Candidates
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. Deadline to RSVP to attend the Engineering Graduation Ceremony is December 1, 2013.
Apply to participate in the December 2013 ceremony.
A complete timeline regarding the undergraduate graduation process and required paperwork is available on the Undergraduate Advising and Academic Support Graduation page.
- 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 in early May 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions.
GPA Ranges for Latin Honors: August 2013
Summa: 4:000 – 3.974
Magna: 3.973 – 3.920
Cum Laude: 3.919 – 3.843
GPA Ranges for Latin Honors: December 2013
Cum Laude: 3.911-3.839
You are responsible for obtaining your own graduation regalia through the University Book Center in the Stamp Student Union. Please see the University Commencement website under Regalia for more information. Bachelors and Masters regalia will be available up to the day of the commencement ceremony. Ph.D. regalia must be ordered in advance through the University Book Center.
Parking and Transit
Parking in the marked spaces in the surface lots is on a first come first served basis. The best options are Lot XX1 near Martin Hall, the Paint Branch surface lot near the Kim Engineering Building, Regents Garage, or Lots 9 and 11.
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.
Family and Guest Arrival Times
The processional is scheduled to begin at 3:30 pm. Family and friends should arrive no sooner than 2:45 pm., as there will be another ceremony scheduled prior to ours in the Reckord Armory. Family and friends of the graduates should enter the Reckord Armory through the main entrances on the arena level.
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 with one as they 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 www.gradimages.com.
Services for Guests with Special Needs
The entrance for persons in wheelchairs or who cannot use stairs is from Lot L*. View the campus map [pdf]. 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. The Reckord Armory is not equipped with elevators.
Students or Guests with Hearing Disabilities
Students or guests requiring sign language interpretation please contact Jane Fines by November 30.
Special Needs Guest Parking
Parking for guests with disabled permits or tags is available in Lot L near the Reckord Armory. Guests without handicapped permits can be dropped off at the entrance to Reckord Armory at Lot L*. Additional parking may be available in Lot C, in Lot XX1, and Regents Garage to any guest with a disabled permit. View the campus map [pdf] for parking locations.
Special Needs Guest Entrances
Wheelchair access to the Reckord Armory is available through the Lot L* entrance to Reckord Armory (NW corner).
Special Needs Restrooms
Restrooms are located on the lower level of Reckord Armory. Restrooms that are ADA compliant and accessible to our guests with disabilities will be located in temporary buildings outside of Reckord Armory accessible through the Lot L* entrance.
Special Needs Guest Seating
Wheelchair and special needs seating is available on the arena level accessible through the Lot L* entrance (NW corner of Record Armory). Ushers will be available to assist with seating.
For More Information
Please contact Jane Fines