The 2013 Winter Commencement exercises of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore will be held Friday, December 13, at 10:00 am in the William P. Hytche Athletic Center, and will last approximately two hours. Please join Dr. Bell, University President, family, faculty, staff and students as we celebrate the 2013 winter graduating class of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Guests are advised that doors will close at 9:45 am at the start of the Commencement exercises and will remain closed. Guests are urged to be seated approximately one half-hour prior to the start of Commencement, if they wish to observe the student and faculty processional. In consideration for all attendees, especially our graduates, we ask that cellular telephones, blackberries, and other electronic messaging devices be turned off during the Commencement exercises. Noise-making devices, banners and posters are prohibited, as are any objects that would detract from the formality of the event. Please click the links below for additional information about the Commencement schedule, events, receptions, instructions, and other items of interest.