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Commencement Ceremony

Clark School Graduation Reception

Spring graduates and their families are invited to attend the

A. James Clark School
of Engineering
Graduation Reception

May 22, 2015
1:30-3:00 pm
Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building Plaza

All Graduates RSVP here to participate in the Spring 2015 Engineering Graduation and/or Reception

Faculty/ Staff RSVP here


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Golden Terps
Check out our archive of
past Clark School graduations, including information on our Golden Terps (pictured above).

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                        Spring 2015 Commencement
                          Friday, May 22, 2015, 4:00-6:30 pm
                                 Xfinity Center

Aris MardirossianInformation for the A James Clark School of Engineering Commencement Ceremony is provided below. No tickets are required for the Clark School ceremony.

Please check the University Commencement web site for complete details regarding the Main Commencement Ceremony.

View a video of the May 2015 Engineering Commencement.

1:30-3:00 pm Engineering Graduation Reception at Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building Plaza
3:00 pm Students report to Pavillion (room 0601) at Xfinity Center
3:50 pm Processional begins
4:00-6:30 pm Engineering Commencement Ceremony

All Graduates: When to Report and Where

Graduates should report to the Pavilion (room 0601) on the ground level of Xfinity Center at 3:00 p.m. Directions: Enter Xfinity Center on the Ground Floor by the Will Call window or the Softball Field. The Pavilion will be down the hall. It is important that you be on time. You must pick up your name card, which will be given to the Reader of Names during the ceremony.

If you are an Undergraduate student, look for the name of your department to pick up your card. PhD, Masters, or Master of Engineering graduates look for corresponding signs.  Make sure to complete the survey on the back of card. The Student Affairs staff will assist you in preparing for the Processional.

Please keep in mind that participating in the Commencement ceremony does not in any way imply that degree requirements have been satisfied for graduation.

Ph.D. Student Procedure

Please make arrangements with your advisor to be hooded during the Engineering Graduation Ceremony. If your advisor is not available, you can ask another member of your committee or a favorite faculty member to hood you, or your department chair can hood you. Inquiries regarding commencement ceremony participation should be directed to your department and not to Student Affairs or the Dean's Office.

RSVP by May 1 to participate in the May 2015 ceremony.

graduatesMasters Student Procedure

Information regarding graduation procedures can be found on The Graduate School page. Inquiries regarding commencement ceremony participation should be directed to your departmental graduate advisor and not to Student Affairs or the Dean's Office.

RSVP by May 1 to participate in the May 2015 ceremony.

B.S. Graduate Candidates

Undergraduate students completing all degree requirements in the spring 2015 semester are eligible to participate in the Engineering Graduation Ceremony.  If your degree requirements will not be complete at the end of the semester, but you would like to participate at the Engineering Commencement ceremony, complete a Request to Participate in Engineering Commencement Ceremony form in the month before commencement.

RSVP by May 1 to participate in the May 2015 ceremony.

A complete timeline regarding the undergraduate graduation process and required paperwork is available on the Undergraduate Advising and Academic Support Graduation page.

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  • PhD:  After Commencement, diplomas can be picked up in the Diploma Office, located on the first floor of the Mitchell Building.  The Diploma Office will not be open the day of Commencement, but will open for regular office hours the following business day.
  • Masters:  Diplomas will be mailed out to those that have completed all requirements approximately six weeks after graduation.
  • B.S:  Undergraduate students are typically cleared for graduation during early June once all grades have been posted. Diplomas will be mailed out to those that have completed all requirements approximately six weeks after graduation.

Undergraduate Students with Honors

If you are an undergraduate student graduating with Latin honors (summa, magna and cum laude), engineering department honors and/or Clark School honors, you will receive a gold and/or red tassel from the college to wear on your cap at graduation. Students will be notified via email in mid-May when the tassels are available. Latin, department and Clark School honors will also be announced when your name is read during the recognition portion of the Engineering ceremony. Latin honors at Commencement are tentative.  The final determination of Latin honors will be made when all grades are submitted for all semesters. To review the policy follow the link to Latin Honors on the Registrar's Office website.
Contact Jane Fines ( if you have any questions.

GPA Ranges for Latin Honors: Fall 2014, Spring 2015, and Summer 2015

Summa:         4.000 - 3.970  
Magna:          3.969 - 3.929
Cum Laude:    3.928- 3.820


You are responsible for obtaining your own graduation regalia through the University Book Center.  A graduation fair will be held March 10-12 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at the University Book Center. The University Book Center will take orders for caps and gowns and other graduation items during the fair. Ph.D regalia must be ordered in advance through the University Book Center.  Active duty U.S. military personnel are allowed to wear their dress uniform instead of regalia if they prefer. For comfort and safety, graduates are encouraged to wear shoes with low heels since you will be standing and walking through Xfinity to the arena floor.  Graduates will need regalia as noted below.

Undergraduate Students – Bachelor of Science regalia

Masters Students – Master of Science (gold hood colors) or Master of Engineering (orange hood colors) regalia.  If you do not know which degree you are earning, please check with the graduate coordinator in your department.

Ph.D. Students – Ph.D. regalia for the University of Maryland

Parking and Transit

Parking in the marked spaces in the surface lots and pay lots is free on Commencement days on a first come first served basis. The best option for people with mobility issues is to use Terrapin Trail Garage (TTG). The garage is ideal in that parking is available throughout, guests have access to the elevator to move between floors, and there is a walkway from level 2 in the garage to level 3 (Concourse) in the Xfinity Center. No special permit is required to park in the Terrapin Trail Garage for individual college ceremonies.

If you require accessible transportation for a disabled guest the day of commencement, please make arrangements by calling dispatch services at (301)314-0318. If you have parking questions, please call (301)314-PARK. 

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Family and Guest Arrival Times

The processional is scheduled to begin at 3:50 p.m.  Family and friends should arrive no sooner than 3:00 p.m., as there is another graduation ceremony scheduled in Xfinity prior to the Clark School’s ceremony.  Tickets are not required for the engineering graduation ceremony and plenty of seating is available. 

International Students

The University does not issue invitation letters for guests to visit the USA to attend commencement ceremonies.  These letters are not required by the embassy to issue a B2 visa. The graduating student should submit a copy of their I-20 or DS-2019 to the relative applying for the tourist visa. You can also send an Enrollment Verification Certificate along with the copy of your passport.

The B2 visa is designated for tourist activities, such as sightseeing, visiting friends and relatives, obtaining medical treatment, etc. No invitation letter is needed if the purpose of the activity is to sightsee and visit in the United States.


GradImages, the university’s official photographer, will take photographs of each graduate participating in the campus-wide commencement ceremony prior to the procession and photographs at the Engineering graduation ceremony with one as they cross the platform. While there is no obligation to purchase the prints, the graduate will receive color proofs by email 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 the procession.  For more information, contact GradImages at (800)628-4509 or visit

Services for Guests with Special Needs

Students or Guests with Hearing Disabilities
Students or guests requiring sign language interpretation please contact Jane Fines ( by April 15.

Special Needs Guest Parking
The Xfinity Center is equipped with elevators and accessible entrances located to the right of the steps that lead to the main entrance as well as in the Terrapin Trail Garage (TTG). No handicapped permit is required to park in TTG. There are many long hallways in the Xfinity Center and much walking is required. The University of Maryland does not have wheelchairs available. If you have difficulty walking long distances, consider renting a wheelchair from an off-campus vendor. View the campus map [pdf] for parking locations.

Special Needs Guest Entrances
Entrances for our guests with disabilities are available at the following four (4) locations at Xfinity Center:
Gate C: Southeast corner of the arena on the Ground Level
Gate D: Northeast corner of the arena on the Ground Level
Gate E: Southwest corner of the arena on the Concourse Level (near Terrapin Trail Garage)
Gate F: Northwest corner of the arena on the Concourse Level

Special Needs Restrooms
Each of the 37 restrooms located conveniently throughout Xfinity Center is ADA compliant and accessible to our guests with disabilities.

Special Needs Guest Seating
Wheelchair and special needs seating is available on the Concourse level (top level) accessible from the Terrapin Trail Garage (TTG). There will be folding chairs available for guests without wheelchairs wishing to sit in this area. Ushers will be available to assist with seating. 

For More Information

University Commencement Ceremony:

Engineering Commencement Ceremony: Jane Fines (

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