Commencement is held twice each year during May and December. It is the policy and practice of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore that all participants in the commencement must have completed all academic requirements as presented in the catalog in effect at the time of initial enrollment at the University as a degree seeking student and approved by the degree granting department. Once a student interrupts his/her program for five years or more, it may be necessary to satisfy the degree requirements as outlined in the University catalog or published curriculum in effect at the time of re-enrollment as a degree seeking candidate. A student who has an approved registration at another institution during the semester of anticipated graduation will receive his/her degree once an official transcript is received by the Registrar’s Office and all academic and financial obligations are met. Each student is approved for graduation when the appropriate academic department, school, and the Registrar’s Office complete an official graduation audit. Beginning Fall 2005, Commencement will be held on the third Friday in May and December.