Commencement

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 the graduation overview for additional requirements. Please visit the diploma guidelines webpage for more information regarding diplomas.

Fall 2020 Commencement

When is Fall 2020 Graduation?

There will not be an in-person ceremony for Fall 2020 graduates this December 2020. All students will be receiving a care package containing a poster, program, turtle pin, and letter from Dr. Pines.  Undergraduates will also receive a cap/tassel and a "Kiss Me I'm a Senior" button. These packages will be mailed to students' permanent address. 

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the College of Education will host a virtual commencement ceremony immediately following the University Main Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, December 20th at 2:00pm EST. The virtual main commencement ceremony will be accessible at the UM Graduation Web Site. The College of Education virtual commencement link will not be accessible until the conclusion of the Main Commencement ceremony. Please look for the College of Education seal to be directed to the College's virtual commencement ceremony. 

For questions concerning the College of Education Virtual Commencement, please contact Janis Cornell-DeMoss at jcdemoss@umd.edu

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 - 3.993

  • Magna Cum Laude: 3.992 - 3.986

  • Cum Laude: 3.985 - 3.900

Regalia Information

If you would like to purchase regalia for the virtual commencement, you may do so at: https://umdcollegepark.shopoakhalli.com/purchasewizard/Welcome

REGALIA COLORS

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)

Regalia Refund Information: If you purchased commencement regalia in the University Book Center and wish to return it, the University Book Center will refund you for the cost of regalia if the package is unopened.  You may ship it back to the University Book Center at:

University Book Center

Adele H. Stamp Student Union

3972 Campus Drive

College Park, MD 20742

Please include your contact information and returned regalia in the package. Please allow at least 3 weeks for return of payment via a check issued from Barnes and Noble corporate offices payable to you. Or,  you can wait to return your regalia to the store for credit to your purchasing credit card once the University Book Center reopens.  The date of reopening has not yet been determined.  

If you purchased your commencement regalia online from Oak Hall, (the provider of University of Maryland cap and gowns), you may ship your unopened package directly back to Oak Hall. The company will refund  the cost of the regalia, but only if the package is unopened.  You may find more information about returns at OAKHALLi.com.  

Please contact Michelle Foster (mfoster5@umd.edu) for any questions. 

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,  visit: http://registrar.umd.edu/current/Policies/mail%20email.html