Dean Rice_Commencement May 2019


Congratulations on your upcoming graduation!

Campus-Wide Ceremony

The University of Maryland will hold its Spring 2023 Commencement on Monday, May 22, 2023, at 7 p.m. for Winter 2022 and Spring 2023 graduates. 

  • The University of Maryland Commencement ceremony last approximately 2.5 hours.

    • Additional information regarding the campus-wide ceremony, tickets, regalia and safety measures will be added to as it becomes available.

Spring 2023 College of Education Commencement 

The College of Education Commencement in-person ceremonies are scheduled on Tuesday, May 23rd at the Reckord Armory. 

All Summer 2022, Winter 2022, and Spring 2023 graduates are invited and encouraged to attend our Spring 2023 Commencement ceremonies. We look forward to honoring our graduates!

For questions concerning the College of Education Commencement, please contact Janis Cornell-DeMoss at

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.

For questions concerning the College of Education Commencement, please contact Janis Cornell-DeMoss at

Please visit the UMD Commencement Website for additional information. 

Graduation Checklist:

  • Meet all university requirements

  • Settle your student account

  • Update your address and email address on Testudo

  • Check for schedules and other helpful information for your guests

  • Purchase your regalia from the University Book Center

  • Conduct an exit interview with the Office of Financial Aid

  • Make arrangements for guests attending your graduation ceremonies

  • Check out our Career Services for Alumni 

Regalia Information

Regalia may be purchased online through the Bookstore. Academic regalia is available for purchase from the University Book Center (UBC). For more information and ordering visit: 

Please contact Julia Gall ( with any questions. 


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

To update your permanent address and for details on University of Maryland commencement arrangements, visit:

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: 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 UMD. 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. Visit the UMD Office of the Registrar website for more information. 

Q: Do I have to apply for graduation?
A: Students who will be finishing degree requirements this Spring 2023 and intend to graduate must apply for graduation. The Application for graduation is due Friday, February 7, 2023 electronically via Testudo.

Q: Do I have to attend either of the commencement ceremonies?
A: Participation in the campus-wide and departmental ceremonies are encouraged, but not mandatory. If a student chooses not to participate in the commencement ceremonies, they will still receive their diploma.

Q: I am a double major. Which ceremony do I attend?
A: Students can choose to attend both departmental ceremonies (if times do not conflict), only one ceremony, or neither.  Attendance is at the discretion of the student.

Q: Will I receive my diploma at graduation?
A: No, you will not receive your diploma at graduation. Your diploma will be sent to the diploma mailing address specified at the time the student’s application for graduation was submitted.  If a diploma mailing address was not specified, the diploma will be mailed to your permanent address.