Commencement stage and speaker on jumbotron display

Arrive Early

As a graduate, you should arrive at the Xfinity Center about 90 minutes before the ceremony begins. You'll report for cap-and-gown preparation and lineups. We'll mail you a detailed timeline the last week of April.

If you are a doctoral degree candidate, check the doctoral commencement page for detailed information about that ceremony.

We'll hold three ceremonies for associate's, bachelor's, and master's degree graduates this year:

  • 9 a.m. Saturday, May 14
  • 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 14
  • 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 15

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

The lower-level entrances (Gates C and D) will close to guests approximately 15 minutes before the start of each ceremony; this is so that we can move the undergraduates into the hallway for the academic procession. We will provide covered outdoor seating for guests with special needs during this brief closure; other guests should plan to use Gates A, B, or E or wait until the lower level reopens.


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.

Active-duty servicemembers are encouraged to wear their service dress uniform instead of regalia.

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


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 the Xfinity Center until the ceremony ends.


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

Contact Us

Commencement Services Office

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