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Commencement Ceremony

Clark School Graduation Reception

Summer and Fall 2016 graduates and their families are invited to attend the

A. James Clark School
of Engineering
Graduation Dessert Reception

December 21, 2016
5:00-6:30 pm
Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building 

Beginning October 1, all Graduates RSVP to participate in the Winter 2016 Engineering Graduation and/or Dessert Reception

Faculty and Staff RSVP here if you plan to participate in the Engineering graduation dessert reception and/or commencement ceremony

Future Commencement Dates

May 2017

Relive Past Clark School

Golden Terps
Check out our archive of
past Clark School graduations, including information on our Golden Terps (pictured above).

Also see the Clark School commencement photo gallery

December 2015 Ceremony


                          Winter 2016 Commencement
                                Wednesday, December 21, 2016
                                           7:30-9:00 pm
                                            XFINITY 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 University Commencement Ceremony.

5:00-6:30 pm Engineering Graduation Dessert Reception at Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building
6:30 pm Students report to XFINITY Center Pavilion (Room 0601)
7:20 pm Processional begins
7:30-9:00 pm

Engineering Commencement Ceremony

All Graduates: When to Report and Where

Graduates should report to the Pavilion of XFINITY Center at 6:30 p.m. It is important that you be on time. Security measures, such as wanding or bag checks, may be in place for entrance into XFINITY. Backpacks and bags larger than 8" x 11" x12" are prohibited. 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 November 18 to participate in the December 2016 Engineering ceremony.

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 November 18 to participate in the December 2016 Engineering ceremony.

B.S. Graduate Candidates

Undergraduate students completing all degree requirements in the summer or fall 2016 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 November 18 to participate in the December 2016 Engineering ceremony.

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:  Undergraduate students are typically cleared for graduation during early January once all grades have been posted. 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 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 Engineering ceremony. Latin honors at Commencement are tentative.  The final determination of Latin honors will be made when all grades are submitted for all semesters. To review the policy follow the link to Latin Honors on the Registrar's Office website.
Contact Jane Fines ( if you have any questions.

GPA Ranges for Latin Honors: Summer 2016

Summa:         4.00-3.960  
Magna:          3.959-3.889
Cum Laude:    3.888-3.772

GPA Ranges for Latin Honors: December 2016, Spring 2017, and Summer 2016

Summa:        4.00-3.975  
Magna:          3.974-3.906
Cum Laude:  3.905-3.834


You are responsible for obtaining your own graduation regalia. The University Book Center, located in the Stamp Student Union, is where you can purchase your graduate cap and gown and diploma frames. You can purchase all your commencement needs during the Grad Fair, hosted by the UBC. Graduates may purchase regalia packages at the University Book Center’s Grad Fair on October 12th from 10 a.m.–6 p.m.  The undergraduate package will cost $138.98 and the master's degree package will cost $148.98. Doctoral students may purchase or rent regalia. To order or rent regalia, visit the University Book Center. 

Regalia cannot be purchased online. Please use this form (Word doc) if you live out of state or cannot come to campus to order your regalia. The regalia will be shipped to you for an additional $18.95. If you have questions, contact Michelle Foster at the University Book Center at 301.314.7858 or mfoster5 at

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 should wear shoes with low heels since you will be standing and walking a distance. Graduates will need regalia as noted below. 

Undergraduate Students – Bachelor of Science regalia

Masters Students – Master of Science  (gold hood colors), Master of Professional Studies in Technology Entrepreneurship (gold hood colors) or Master of Engineering (orange hood colors) 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 and pay lots is free on Commencement days on a first come, first served basis. Park your car near the reception at Kim Engineering Building and take the UM Shuttle to the Engineering ceremony.  

The best option for people with mobility issues is to park in the Terrapin Trail Garage near XFINITY for the graduation ceremony.  No special permit is required to park in the Terrapin Trail Garage for individual college ceremonies.

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 7:20 p.m.  Family and friends should arrive no sooner than 6:30 p.m., as there is another graduation ceremony scheduled in XFINITY Center prior to the Clark School’s ceremony.  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 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

Services for Guests with Special Needs

XFINITY Center is designed with parking, power assisted doors, restrooms, water fountains, ATMs, closed captioning and seating areas accessible to guests with disabilities.

Entrances for our guests with disabilities are available at the following four (4) locations at Xfinity Center:

  • 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)

Hearing Disabilities
Students or guests requiring sign language interpretation please contact Jane Fines ( by November 15, 2016.

Parking for guests with disabilities is available at XFINITY Center in Lot 4B and in the Terrapin Trail Garage. No special permit is required for the Engineering Commencement. 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. View the campus map [pdf] for parking locations.

Each of the 37 restrooms located conveniently throughout XFINITY Center is ADA compliant and accessible to our guests with disabilities. Four (4) private bathrooms have been designed for use by persons with disabilities:

  • At the top of Sections 105 and 110 on the Plaza Level (Level 2).
  • Behind Sections 122 and 217 on the Concourse Level (Level 3).

There is an accessible seating area located behind the general seating Sections 119-122 for elderly or disabled guests who cannot climb stairs. 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.

For More Information

University Commencement Ceremony:

Engineering Commencement Ceremony: Jane Fines (

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