Spring 2019 Commencement


Campus-Wide Ceremony
Date: Friday, May 24th
Time: 1 PM
Location: Xfinity Center

For detailed information regarding the Campus-Wide Commencement Ceremony visit www.commencement.umd.edu.

Tickets are required for the campus-wide ceremony and only those students who are completing all degree requirements this semester may receive tickets to attend. For more information regarding ticket distribution visit https://umd.edu/commencement/tickets


Department of Economics Ceremony
Date: Friday, May 24th
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Xfinity Center


Tickets & Guests

Tickets are not required for the departmental ceremony and students may bring as many guests as they would like. Students are not required to RSVP.

Doors will open for guests at 5:30 PM and guests should enter the Xfinity Center through Gates A, B, E, or F.

Student Arrival Time & Location

  • Undergraduate & Masters Students: Enter the Xfinity Center through Gates C or D.  Assemble in regalia at 5:45 PM in the Pavilion (auxiliary gym) located inside the lower level of the Xfinity Center. Check-in with a graduation marshal to obtain your name card and get line-up/processional information.
  • PhD Students: Enter the Xfinity Center through Gates C or D. Assemble in regalia at 5:45 PM in the Media Room. Volunteers will be on hand to direct you to the Media Room.

Important Venue Information

There will be a bag check for all students and guests upon entering the Xfinity Center. We ask that everyone avoid bringing bags or limit the amount and size of bags in order to expedite entry for everyone. Please note that the following items are prohibited in the Xfinity Center: strollers, backpacks, and balloons. For a complete list of prohibited items visit https://umd.edu/commencement/xfinity-center-items-allowed-security-procedures.


Free parking will be available in any surface lot or parking garage on campus. Parking closest to the Xfinity Center is available in the Terrapin Trail Garage (Lot 6), Lot 4B, or Lot 9B.  

Shuttle service from the College Park Metro station will also be available from 7 AM until 9 PM. For more information, including a Parking and Transit Guide visit https://umd.edu/commencement/parking-shuttles.

For driving directions and campus maps visit the Conferences and Visitor Services website.


Parking for guests with disabilities is located in the Terrapin Trail Garage (Lot 6) next to the Xfinity Center. Level 2 has a ramp leading directly to Gate E where you can enter Xfinity Center.

Once inside the Xfinity Center, staff will help direct elderly or disabled guests who cannot climb stairs to the designated seating area on the Concourse level (level 3) above sections 120 and 121. Due to limited space, we ask that only one family member sit with the guest in the disabled seating section and that additional family members sit in the nearby sections. Volunteers will be on hand to help guests find seating that best fits their needs.

If you have difficulty walking long distances, you may wish to make arrangements to bring your own wheelchair for the day. The University cannot provide wheelchairs.

If additional accommodations are needed, such as a sign-language interpreter, please send an email to econcommencement [at] econ [dot] umd [dot] edu () as soon as possible.

Academic Regalia

In order to participate in either ceremony, students must purchase academic regalia at the University Book Center. For more information, visit https://umd.edu/commencement/students.

Active duty military can wear their dress uniforms instead of regalia.


GradImages will take photographs of each graduate participating in the ECON commencement ceremony. While there is no obligation to purchase the prints, graduates will receive access to the color proofs by email approximately two weeks after commencement along with ordering information. For more information, contact GradImages at 800.628.4509 or visit www.gradimages.com.

Additional Information for ECON Ceremony

  • The ceremony will last approximately 90 minutes to 2 hours.
  • Graduates:
    • You will be standing a long time. You will also be walking across a stage with lots of people watching you. Wear comfortable shoes.
    • Please don’t bring items like a book bag or purse with you. You won’t have any place to store them and regalia does not come with pockets.
    • You will not receive your diploma at Commencement. Diplomas are mailed to students several weeks after commencement once all final grades have been reviewed and graduation clearances are completed.

If you have additional questions, you may send an email to econcommencement [at] econ [dot] umd [dot] edu