Commencement Information

Spring 2017 Commencement

Campus-Wide Ceremony
Date: Sunday, May 21st 
Time: 1 p.m.
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 www.commencement.umd.edu.  

Department of Economics Ceremony
Date: Monday, May 22nd 
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Location: Reckord Armory

Tickets & Guests

Tickets are not required for the departmental ceremony and students are not required to RSVP. However, seating in the Armory is limited so we request that students keep their total number of guests to no more than six. We want to ensure that all graduates are able to have their immediate family present.

Arrival Time & Location

  • Undergraduate & Masters Students/Marshals: Assemble in regalia at 11:45 a.m. in the basement of the Armory. Check-in with a graduation marshal to obtain your name card and get line-up/processional information.
  • PhD Students/Faculty/Platform Party: Assemble in regalia at 11:45 a.m. in the basement of the Armory.

Important Venue Information

There will be a bag screening for all students and guests upon entering the Armory so we ask that everyone avoid bringing bags into the Armory or limit the amount and size of bags in order to avoid delays. Parents, guests, and students cannot bring food into the Armory. Additionally, there is no place to store strollers and strollers cannot be placed in the aisles, therefore we ask that guests please refrain from bringing strollers into the facility.

Parking

Free parking will be available in any lot or parking garage on campus. Recommended parking closest to Reckord Armory is available in the Regents Drive Garage (see map). It is a 10-minute walk from the garage to the Armory and free accessible shuttles to the Armory are also available.

There are a limited number of handicapped parking spots available outside of the Armory which will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Guests will need a state issued handicapped placard to park in these spaces. There will also be a drop-off area outside of the Armory where guests can drive up to the rear (accessible) entrance of the Armory (see map) in order to drop off anyone who requires physical assistance.

For driving directions and campus maps click here.

Accessibility

Disabled guests and/or families who need to avoid stairs can enter the Armory through the rear (accessible) entrance adjacent to the Main Administration Building (see map). This door opens directly onto the gym floor and once guests enter the Armory, they can sit anywhere they like. It is floor seating only, no bleachers or stairs. Wheelchair seating will be marked off so guests should see a commencement volunteer (wearing name tags) or an usher (in yellow jackets) for assistance.

If additional accommodations are needed, such as a sign-language interpreter, please send an email to econcommencement@econ.umd.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 www.commencement.umd.edu

Photographs

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

  • 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.
  • Graduates – don’t bring things like book bags or purses with you. You won’t have any place to store them and regalia does not come with pockets.
  • Designate a place to meet your family after the ceremony. You will be processing out of the main entrance of the Armory, so plan to meet them outside afterward.
  • The ECON ceremony will last approximately 1.5 hours.

If you have additional questions, you may send an email to econcommencement@econ.umd.edu