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Commencement Ceremony

Clark School Graduation Reception

Summer and fall graduates and their families are invited to attend the

A. James Clark School
of Engineering
Graduation Reception

December 20, 2015
1:00-2:30 pm
Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building

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

Faculty/ Staff RSVP here


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

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                   Fall 2015 Commencement
                    Sunday, December 20, 2015
                            3:30-5:00 pm
                              Cole Activities Building

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 University Commencement Ceremony.

1:00-2:30 pm Engineering Graduation Reception at Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building
2:45 pm Students report to Cole Activities Building
3:20 pm Processional begins
3:30-5:00 pm Engineering Commencement Ceremony

All Graduates: When to Report and Where

Graduates should report to the arena floor of Cole Activities Building at 2:45 p.m. 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 November 25 to participate in the December 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 November 25 to participate in the December 2015 ceremony.

B.S. Graduate Candidates

Undergraduate students completing all degree requirements in the summer or fall 2015 semesters 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 November 25 to participate in the December 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 January 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 early December 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 2015, Spring 2016, and Summer 2016

Summa:         4.00-3.960  
Magna:          3.959-3.889
Cum Laude:    3.888-3.772


You are responsible for obtaining your own graduation regalia through the University Book Center.  A graduation fair will be held October 14, 2015, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm at the University Book Center. The University Book Center will take orders for caps and gowns and other graduation items during the fair. Students purchasing a full set of regalia on October 14 will receive a 10% discount. Ph.D regalia must be ordered in advance through the University Book Center.  The last day to guarantee accurate sizing and style is November 9, 2015. 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 on astroturf on the arena floor.  Graduates will need regalia as noted below.

Undergraduate Students – Bachelor of Science regalia

Masters Students – Master of Science  (gold hood colors), Master of Professional Studies in Technology Entrepreneurship (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 park in the Union Lane Garage or Lot Z.  No special permit is required to park in the Union Lane 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 3:20 p.m.  Family and friends should arrive no sooner than 3:00 p.m., as there is another graduation ceremony scheduled in Cole Activities Building 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 November 15.

Special Needs Guest Parking
The Cole Activities Building is equipped with elevators and accessible entrances. No handicapped permit is required to park in Union Lane Grarage. 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 Restrooms
Each of the restrooms located conveniently throughout Cole Activities Building 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) of Cole Activities Building. 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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