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Office of Student Services
Student Services
1204 Benjamin Building
College Park, Maryland 20742
Ph: 301.405.2364
Fax: 301.314.5887

Office Hours:
Monday through Friday
8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Campus Commencement Information

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College of Education Graduation Ceremonies

Graduation Information

All Students must submit a Graduation Candidate application the semester of planned graduation. This is only necessary for those students who will have the requisite number of credits to graduate in one of the terms below. Undergraduate students who do not have enough credits to graduate will be sent a letter stating that another application will need to be submitted. Graduate students should refer to graduation overview for additional requirements. Please visit the diploma guidelines webpage for more information regarding diplomas.

Spring 2017 Commencement

When is Spring Graduation?
The Main Spring Commencement Ceremony is on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at1:00 p.m. in the Xfinity Center. Graduates should plan to assemble by 11:30a.m. The processional will begin at 12:20pm. You should wear your academic regalia and line up by college. Tickets ARE required for the Main commencement. For more information, including details see the Q & A section of the.main commencement website.

The College of Education graduation ceremony, which will last approximately two hours, will be held at 4:00pm on Monday, May 22, 2017 in the Reckord Armory Building. Candidates will assemble by 3:15p.m. in the Reckord Armory.  Marshals will be present to direct students to appropriate assembly areas.  Marshals will be present to direct students to appropriate assembly areas.

Arrangements for people with disabilities should be made by May 8, 2017. Contact Janis Cornell-DeMoss (301-405-2364; email: if you have questions or require assistance.

No tickets are required for the College of Education ceremony. Students should plan to attend both the main commencement ceremony and the college ceremony. The main commencement is designed to bring the entire graduating class and their family and friends together to participate in a university-wide formal ceremony. The college ceremony is of equal importance, especially since each graduate will be individually recognized.

How will I know if I am graduating with honors?
Summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude are the commencement honors for excellence in scholarship. (Graduation honors apply only to students in the undergraduate program). To be eligible for this recognition, at least 60 semester hours must be earned at UM. No student with a grade point average less than 3.3 will be considered for a commencement honor. Because grades for a term generally are officially recorded after the term’s graduation day, computation of the student’s GPA will not include grades for courses taken during the student’s final semester at the University. However, the hours taken during that semester will apply toward the 60 credit requirement.

  • Summa Cum Laude: 4.000 - 3.983
  • Magna Cum Laude: 3.982 - 3.955
  • Cum Laude: 3.954-3.925

NOTE: The information about campus-wide commencement activities is available at the UM Graduation Web Site

For Regalia information, please contact the University Book Center (Barnes and Noble) at 301-405-9478,. Book Center Regalia form for non-local graduates.  The University Book Center Grad Fair will be held on October 12, 2016 from 10:00am to 6:00pm.


Doctor of Education   (Ed.D.)                      Light blue (red robe)
Doctor of Philosophy  (Ph.D.)                      Royal blue (red robe)
Master of Arts             (M.A.)                         White (black robe)
Master of Education   (M.Ed.)                      Light blue (black robe)
Bachelor of Arts         (B.A.)                          White (black robe)
Bachelor of Science    (B.S.)                        Gold (black robe)

Exit Surveys for Graduating Students
Each year, the College of Education surveys graduating students to determine how education programs can be improved. Your participation in the survey is important to the College as it enables us to evaluate our strengths and weaknesses. More importantly, this survey gives you the opportunity to assess your professional competence and to evaluate the University of Maryland's performance in preparing for this important endeavor.

If you are a student graduating from a College of Education program this semester, you will be receiving an email notification asking you to complete an exit survey. Please review your email for information and instructions indicating how to access the password-protected surveys. If you have any questions regarding the exit survey please contact  Chris Cooks.

To update your permanent address and for details on University of Maryland commencement arrangements and visit: