Asked Commencement Questions
The Winter Commencement Exercises
will take place on Friday, December 18, 2015, at 10:00 am in the William P.
Hytche Athletic Center. You should plan to arrive early to robe at 8:00 am,
doors will close and no one will be admitted into the building at 9:45am.
Will there be a rehearsal?
Yes! All candidates who are graduating are expected to attend Commencement rehearsal Thursday afternoon
December 17th at 3:00 pm in
the William P. Hytche Athletic Center. You do not have to bring your cap/gown
to the rehearsal.
is the Commencement Speaker?
speaker will be announced.
I need tickets?
Tickets are required for the Winter Commencement Exercises,
and are needed by every person entering the building. For tickets information, contact the Office of the Vice
President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management (410) 651-6687.
What about ordering commencement
Announcements, like the commencement cap and gown, can be ordered through the
University Bookstore during the Grad Fair. Call the bookstore for information:
What do I need to wear for
Candidates may purchase
a graduation package (cap, gown, hood & tassel), regalia at the University
Book Store. Additionally, WOMEN ARE REQUESTED TO WEAR: Black dress pumps, no
open-toed shoes; black or neutral colored dress hose; black dress which does
not have a high neckline or stand-up collar, it should not show above the
zippered front v-neckline on the robe; no visible jewelry; no flowers or other
decoration on the academic robe or mortarboard/cap. MEN ARE REQUESTED TO WEAR: Black dress shoes,
no tennis shoes; black dress socks; black dress slacks; white or light-colored
dress shirt; dress (four-in-hand) tie, shirt collar and tie will show above the
v-neckline of the academic robe. A suit coat or sport coat will not be seen
under the robe and therefore is optional. No visible jewelry or other
decorations on the academic robe or mortarboard/cap is allowed.
How do I know what color
hood I should get?
The Bachelor of Arts (BA) hood has a white collar and the Bachelor of
Sciences (BS) hood has a gold collar. Contact your individual school for
specific information about your hood and academic honors, also personnel in the
University Bookstore will assist you, when making your purchase.
How do I know if I am
graduating with honors?
Your individual school should contact you about whether you will be
graduating with academic honors. Please direct questions to the Dean of your school.
What if I want to leave before the ceremony is over?
Graduates should plan to remain in the arena for the entire
Can I purchase a Senior Portrait?
During the exercises a professional photography company will
take individual photos of each graduate prior to and during the exercises as
they receive their diploma from the President. Each graduate will be contacted
by the photographer, however you are not obligated to purchase photograph
packages. Contact the Office of Campus Life, about yearbook photos: (410)
if my guests arrive late, can they get in?
doors to the William P. Hytche Center will close at 9:45 am sharp, or when the
Center has reached capacity. Once this happens, guests will be directed to the
Student Services Center, where they will be able to watch the ceremony via
Where can graduates put
their coat, purse, etc. during the ceremony?
leave valuables, such as coats and purses, and electronic equipment with family
members during the ceremony. Please DO NOT leave items unattended in the Hytche
Center. UMES and/or its employees will not assume responsibility for lost,
damaged, or stolen property.
Where do I get my
The Grad Fair is the place to pick all
your commencement needs. All
graduating students’ graduate, undergraduate and doctoral candidates should
attend the Grad Fair. Contact the Bookstore for dates and times: (410) 651-6437.
What if I or my family
wants to stay overnight?
who would like to stay in the area overnight, should visit our website for
information on local accommodations.
my degree be mailed?
Check with the Office of the Registrar and make sure you have on
file the address where you would like your degree mailed. Degrees will be
mailed approximately four to six weeks following the commencement exercise.
Security and Safety Advisory
All bags may be subject to search
at all entrances to the commencement exercises, including the overflow site. Large
items, such as banners or posters, or amplification equipment, bullhorns or
megaphones, will not be allowed; alcohol is not permitted!
Is there Parking?
parking is available throughout campus and it is free. Shuttle transportation will
be provided to and from parking lots: S-College
Backbone Road; B-Student
Development Center; C-West of the Tennis Courts; and D-Wicomico Hall. Commencement visitors
may park in any of the University parking lots and spaces, except for those
designated as disabled or loading zones. Parking
along College Backbone Road is not permitted.