2010 May Commencement Ceremonies

From: Elliot Hirshman, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

President Hrabowski and I cordially invite you to participate in the Commencement Ceremonies of the Undergraduate and Graduate School Programs. Doctoral and master’s degrees will be conferred on Friday, May 21, at 10 a.m., in the UMBC Retriever Activities Center (RAC). Baccalaureate degrees will be conferred on Monday, May 24, at 1 p.m., at the 1st Mariner Arena. As you know, these events mean a great deal to our students, their parents and guests, so I hope you will make a special effort to share in their celebrations. You are welcome to participate in both ceremonies.

Faculty and staff who still want to order regalia may do so through May 10, with a late fee of $20. Regalia cannot be ordered after May 10.

Regalia will be available for pick-up Monday, May 10, through Friday, May 14. Faculty and staff must pick up regalia at the Bookstore during this period. If you have any questions, call Gail Dupree at the Bookstore, at ext. 5-3904.


Faculty/staff line up will be on Court 1, in the multi-purpose gym (except mentors of Doctoral students, see below). Enter the RAC at the main entrance. Line up will be directly downstairs, where light refreshments will be available. Faculty and staff may leave their belongings in this area, which will be monitored by a student marshal.

Mentors of graduating doctoral students are asked to line up with their students in the basement of the Social Science Building, not in the multi-purpose RAC gym.

The procession begins promptly at 9:50 a.m.

R.S.V.P.: If you have not already done so, be sure to R.S.V.P. about your participation in the procession. For planning and seating purposes, we need the name of each faculty member who will process and any special mobility needs you may have. Go to http://my.umbc.edu/commencementform to respond by Monday, May 10.


LUNCH AND BUSES: You are invited for lunch at 11 a.m. at the 1st Mariner Arena before the Undergraduate Commencement. Bus transportation from UMBC to the Arena will also be provided, leaving at 10:30 a.m. for lunch and 11:30 a.m. for ceremony only.

For the Undergraduate Ceremony, faculty and staff should line up at 12:15 p.m. at the 1st Mariner Arena. The procession begins promptly at 12:30 p.m.

R.S.V.P.: If you have not already done so, be sure to R.S.V.P. by Monday, May 10, about your participation in the procession for the Undergraduate ceremony.  Go to http://my.umbc.edu/commencementform to respond. Following is the information we need for planning and seating purposes.

o    Your name, whether you will come for lunch and, if you need a bus to the arena, whether you want the 10:30 or 11:30 a.m. bus. You will need the 10:30 a.m. bus if you come for lunch.
o    Let us know if you have any special mobility needs. The 10:30 bus will be equipped with a lift.

For additional information about the 2010 May Commencement Ceremonies, visit the Commencement website: http://www.umbc.edu/commencement. We look forward to your participation in the Ceremonies.


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