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Spring 2019 Commencement

Campus-Wide Commencement Ceremony, Xfinity Center

Friday, May 24, 2019 / 1:00 p.m.

11:00 a.m. Doors Open
11:30 p.m. Graduates report to Lot 4B
12:20 p.m. Procession Begins
1:00 p.m. Ceremony Begins

Tickets are required for the campus-wide commencement ceremony. For more information about the campus-wide ceremony visit commencement.umd.edu

School of Public Policy Commencement Ceremony

Friday, May 24, 2019 / 4:30 p.m.

The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center – Dekelboum Concert Hall
8270 Alumni Drive, College Park, MD 20742

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Join the School of Public Policy as we celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates at the May commencement ceremony. Tickets are required. Doors to the venue will open one hour before the start of the ceremony. 

There is a reception immediately following the ceremony for graduates and guests in the lower pavilion of The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.

Graduating students should plan to meet in the Robing Room (Dance Theater of The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center) no later than 3:30pm. Guests are not allowed in this space. The Robing Room will not be locked during the ceremony, so do not bring/leave anything of value. For this reason and due to the bag checking policy at The Clarice, you are encouraged to leave your bags and personal belongings with your family and friends. Otherwise, you will be stopped at the door to Dekelboum Hall during the procession. 


Graduates are required to wear full academic regalia (cap, gown, hood, stole) for both ceremonies. Regalia, graduation announcements and commemorative accessories may be purchased at the University Book Center. The book center is located in Stamp Student Union, lower level. 

Undergraduate & Master's Students

A full set of academic regalia includes:

  • Cap
  • Gown
  • Departmental hood
    • Policy bachelor's degree: hood is white velvet 
    • Policy master's degree: hood is peacock (blue/green) and gold
  • Stole of gratitude
  • Tassel with official medallion

Doctoral Students

Doctoral students may rent or buy their regalia. If you choose to rent your regalia, it must be picked up in person (shipping is not available). The cost to rent regalia is $230.98 and the cost to purchase regalia is $1,066.98. To order or rent regalia visit the University Book Center.

Ticket Information 

Tickets for the Campus-Wide Ceremony: Each graduate is allotted four guest tickets, and one processional ticket for personal use. Tickets were distributed electronically to the email address provided in Testudo in early May.

Tickets for the SPP Ceremony: Each graduate is allotted five guest tickets. Graduates may pick up invitations and tickets from Student Affairs (Van Munching Hall, Room 3111). When you pick up the tickets you will be asked to complete a brief alumni questionnaire.

Parking & Disability Services

Parking is FREE all day. No parking passes are required.


Guests who require disability parking or special assistance for the campus-wide ceremony should contact the Office of Special Events or call 301-405-4638.


School of Public Policy graduates and their guests are encouraged to park in Stadium Drive Garage adjacent to The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (accessible from Stadium Drive) or Lot 1. Graduates or guests requiring special assistance or a sign language interpreter for the School of Public Policy ceremony, should contact Student Affairs or 301-405-6331 prior to Commencement.


GradImages will take photographs at the campus-wide commencement and School of Public Policy ceremony. While there is no obligation to purchase prints, the graduate will receive color proofs by mail 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 procession. For more information, contact GradImages at 800.628.4509 or visit the GradImages website


A recording of the SPP Commencement ceremony will be shared on the UMD Public Policy YouTube channel as soon as it is available.