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Arrive Early

University of Maryland University College will hold Commencement at Comcast Center in College Park, Maryland. As a graduate, you should arrive about two hours before the ceremony begins. You'll report for cap-and-gown preparation and lineups. We'll e-mail you a detailed timeline as we get closer to Commencement.

We'll hold three ceremonies this year:

  • 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 17

  • 4 p.m. Saturday, May 17

  • 4 p.m. Sunday, May 18

Doors will open for your guests about 90 minutes before each ceremony. Guests should have their tickets ready for scanning when doors open. We anticipate nearly 10,000 guests will attend each ceremony, so traffic around Comcast Center will be heavy, especially between the morning and afternoon ceremonies on Saturday.


Graduates, faculty members, and speakers participating in the procession and ceremony will wear academic regalia. As a graduate, you need to rent or purchase a cap and gown. Under your gown, you should wear business casual attire and comfortable shoes.

Business casual attire is also recommended for your guests, who will be seated in stadium-style seats and may need to climb stairs to reach their seats.

Be Nice, Please

Commencement is an academic ceremony that's dignified and joyful. We'll call you to the stage individually, and UMUC President Javier Miyares will congratulate you. For many graduates and guests, the name announcement is the highlight of the ceremony. For others, enjoying the singers and speakers is important.

So we ask you to express your excitement in ways that will not prevent others from enjoying the ceremony. Noisemakers are prohibited. Electronic devices should be silenced, and you must remain on the floor of Comcast Center until the ceremony ends.

No Balloons

Please do not bring balloons to Commencement. We do not sell balloons at the event, and they are not allowed inside Comcast Center. Balloons can contain dangerous gases, and they may block the view of other guests during the ceremony.

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