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.

Fall 2019 Commencement

When is Fall 2019 Graduation?

The Main Spring Commencement Ceremony is on Tuesday, December 17, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. in the Xfinity Center. Graduates should plan to assemble by 5:00 p.m.  The processional will begin at 5:40 p.m. You should wear your academic regalia and line up by college. Tickets are not required for your guests 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 one hour, will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 18, in the Dekelboum Concert Hall in the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.   Candidates will assemble by 1:15p.m. in the Dance Theatre.  Ushers will be present to direct students to appropriate assembly areas. 

Arrangements for people with disabilities should be made by December 13, 2019. 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 - 4.000
  • Magna Cum Laude: 3.999 - 3.961
  • Cum Laude: 3.960-3.940

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

The University Book Center (Barnes and Noble) will be hosting additional Grad Fair events on October 30th and 31st from 10 am - 6 pm.  They will be honoring the $10 off discount.  Please note Bachelors and Masters Students can purchase regalia until graduation.  For Doctoral (Ph.D./Ed.D.) students and faculty, the last day we will be able to guarantee correct style/size for rental or purchase is November 4th.  Regalia can also be ordered online at (not applicable for the discount at Grad Fair).  Only full packages will be available for purchase online. For Regalia information please contact the  at 301-405-9478, Book Center. 


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: