Congratulations on your upcoming graduation!

Join in the festivities and celebrate your accomplishment by participating in the University’s commencement ceremony on Friday, May 24, 2019 at 1 p.m. in the XFINITY Center. For more information, visit the University's commencement page, contact  events [at] ur [dot] umd [dot] edu, or call 301.405.4638.

Departmental ceremonies for the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences will take place beginning at 9 a.m. on Thursday, May 23 and will continue throughout the day on Friday, May 24 (see below for more details)


Graduation Checklist:
o Apply for graduation (Deadline is February 8, 2019)
o Meet all university requirements
o Settle your student account
o Update your address and email address on Testudo
o Check for schedules and other helpful information for your guests
o "Like” University of Maryland Commencement on Facebook
o Purchase your regalia from the University Book Center
o Conduct an exit interview with the Office of Financial Aid
o Make arrangements for guests attending your graduation ceremonies
o Check out our Career Services for Alumni



Regalia is required. The University Book Center is the official supplier of commencement regalia for the university.


Each graduate participating in the campus-wide commencement ceremony will receive color proofs by mail approximately two weeks after commencement. There is no obligation to purchase prints. For more information, contact GradImages at 800.628.4509 or visit


Campus-Wide Ceremony
Friday, May 24, 2019 at 1 p.m. at the Xfinity Center
For detailed information regarding the campus-wide ceremony, please visit:


Department Ceremonies

African American Studies
Thursday, May 23 at 4:30 p.m. Kay Theatre, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Contact: Marci Deloatch, 301.405.1167, mdeloatc [at] umd [dot] edu

Thursday, May 23 at 4:30 p.m. Kay Theatre, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Contact: Erik Hanson, 301.405.1436, ehanson [at] umd [dot] edu

Criminology & Criminal Justice
Thursday, May 23 at 9:00 a.m. Reckord Armory
Contact: Diane Hou, 301.405.4729, ccjsevents [at] umd [dot] edu
CCJS Commencement Website

Friday, May 24 at 6:30 p.m. Xfinity Center
Contact: Shanna Edinger May, 301.405.7845, econcommencement [at] econ [dot] umd [dot] edu
ECON Commencement Website

Geographical Sciences
Thursday, May 23 at noon Memorial Chapel
Contact: Amanda Hoffman Hall, 301.405.4073, geog-advise [at] umd [dot] edu

GEOG Commencement Website

Government & Politics
Friday, May 24 at 9:00 a.m. Reckord Armory
Contact: Kiersten Riffert, 301.405.4124, kriffert [at] umd [dot] edu
GVPT Commencement Website

Hearing & Speech Sciences
Thursday, May 23 at 6:00 p.m. Memorial Chapel
Contact: Kristina Milvae, 301.226.8814, kmilvae [at] umd [dot] edu
HESP Commencement Website

Thursday, May 23 at noon Reckord Armory
Contact: Lori Kader, 301.405.5866, psycadvising [at] umd [dot] edu

PSYC Commencement Website

Thursday, May 23 at 12:30 p.m. Dekelboum Concert Hall, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Contact: Nicole De Loatch, 301.405.6389, ndeloat [at] umd [dot] edu

Joint Program in Survey Methodology
Thursday, May 23 at 12:30 p.m. Dekelboum Concert Hall, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Contact: Jody Williams, 301.314.7955, jodywill [at] umd [dot] edu

Please note the Environmental Science and Policy Program graduates should attend the following ceremonies:
Global Environmental Change – Geographical Sciences
Land Use – Geographical Sciences
Marine and Coastal Management – Geographical Sciences
Politics and Policy – Government & Politics
Society and Environmental Issues – Sociology


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do I have to apply for graduation?

A: Students who will be finishing degree requirements this Spring 2019 and intend to graduate must apply for graduation. The Application for graduation is due Friday, February 8, 2019 electronically via Testudo.

Q: Do I have to attend either of the commencement ceremonies?

A: Participation in the campus-wide and departmental ceremonies are encouraged, but not mandatory. If a student chooses not to participate in the commencement ceremonies, he/she will still receive their diploma.

Q: I am a double major. Which ceremony do I attend?

A: Students can choose to attend both departmental ceremonies, only one ceremony, or neither.  Attendance is at the discretion of the student.

Q: Will I receive my diploma at graduation?

A: No, you will not receive your diploma at graduation. Your diploma will be sent to the diploma mailing address specified at the time the student’s application for graduation was submitted.  If a diploma mailing address was not specified, the diploma will be mailed to your permanent address.


For general information regarding the college commencement ceremonies, please contact:
                                                              Office of the Dean