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Commencement

Commencement Ceremony

Undergraduate students who are enrolled to complete all degree requirements by the end of their given semester are eligible to participate in commencement. Commencement is held twice a year on campus at the UMBC Event Center. The commencement ceremonies are:

  • May Commencement – for Spring graduation candidates
  • December Commencement – for Summer and Fall graduation candidates

Students may only participate in one commencement ceremony based upon the semester in which all their degree requirements will be met.

Diplomas are not distributed at commencement ceremonies. Diplomas are mailed to undergraduate students after final graduation reviews have finished and degrees have been posted to student records.

Please visit the Commencement website for additional information:

Eligibility for Undergraduate Commencement Participation

Undergraduate students who are enrolled to complete all degree requirements by the end of the spring semester may elect to participate in the May commencement ceremony. Undergraduate students who are enrolled to complete all degree requirements by the end of the fall semester may elect to participate in the December commencement ceremony. Students who complete their degree requirements in one of the summer sessions may elect to participate in the following December commencement ceremony and those completing their requirements during the winter session may elect to participate in the following May commencement ceremony. Students may only participate in one commencement ceremony based upon the semester in which all degree requirements will be met.

In-progress coursework, including incomplete grades, will be included in the calculations when determining student’s eligibility for undergraduate commencement participation (120 credit requirement, 45 upper level requirement and 2.0 GPA requirement).

Exceptions for undergraduate commencement participation will not be considered.

Questions regarding this policy can be directed to Academic Standards and Policy Administration.