Main Event

The University of Maryland will hold its University-wide commencement exercise on Friday, May 16, 2014, at 2 p.m. at the Baltimore Arena (201 W. Baltimore St.). Doors to the arena will open at 1 p.m. for guests. Graduates are encouraged to participate in the University procession beginning at 1:15 p.m. from the Plaza Park to the Baltimore Arena, along with President Perman, deans, and faculty from all schools. Tickets are not required. The exercise will last no longer than two hours.

Components of the Ceremony

  • Processional
  • National anthem
  • Opening remarks
  • Greetings from Board of Regents
  • Greetings from student remarker
  • Keynote address
  • Conferring of honorary degree
  • Conferring of graduate degrees
  • Concluding remarks 
  • Recessional

Diplomas will be distributed at the conclusion of the ceremony.

Assembly Instructions for Graduates at Baltimore Arena

  • Candidates should be in the Baltimore Arena assembly area by 1:30 p.m.
  • Candidates should enter the main entrance of Baltimore Arena on Baltimore Street and follow the signs directing you to your degree assembly area. Only candidates are permitted to enter this area.

Left Corridor

Right Corridor

Genetic Counseling (MGC)

Dentistry (DDS)

Law (JD) (LLM)

Dental Hygiene (BS)

Medical Technology (BS)

Graduate (PhD) (MS)

Medicine (MD)

Nursing (DNP) (BSN)

Public Health (MPH)

Social Work (MSW)

Pharmacy (PharmD)

Physical Therapy (DPT) (DScPT)

Once the ceremony has ended, proceed with your fellow graduates to the appropriate diploma station as directed by your school marshal.

General Information for Graduates and Guests

  • Facilities are available to change into academic regalia at the arena. Male candidates for the master's degree should wear a long sleeve white shirt since there are only partial sleeves in the master's gown.
  • Do not leave personal items under your chair during the exercise, as you might not return to the same seat after crossing the stage.
  • Backpacks and large parcels are not permitted in the arena. Purses, briefcases, etc. are subject to inspection by arena staff.
  • Consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited while participating in commencement exercises at Baltimore Arena.
  • Lost-and-found information desks are located in the main lobby of the arena. A first-aid station is located on the lower concourse.

If you or one of your guests requires a wheelchair, you must provide your own and take full responsibility for it while at the event. The University of Maryland and Baltimore Arena do not accept responsibility for the security of any personal items, including wheelchairs and other assistive devices.
To inquire about assistance for persons with disabilities, please contact:
University of Maryland, Baltimore Office of Student Services – Ms. Cyndi Rice:, 410-706-3171
Baltimore Arena Box Office: 410-347-2020

Candidates are encouraged to have photographs taken at individual school ceremonies. Only authorized official photographers will be permitted on the arena floor during the ceremony. Photographs may be taken following diploma distribution.

Candidates' Seating