Winter 2010 Commencement Ceremonies (12/21-22)

From Elliot Hirshman, provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs

It is my pleasure to invite you to participate in UMBC’s winter 2010 Commencement Ceremonies. We will have two ceremonies again this December because our combined graduate and undergraduate ceremony outgrew the space available in the Retriever Activities Center (RAC).

  • Graduate Commencement will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, December 21 in the RAC
  • Undergraduate Commencement will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, December 22, in the RAC

As you know, these events mean a great deal to our students and their parents and guests. I hope you will make a special effort to share in their celebration.

We have a streamlined process for faculty and staff to order regalia and to notify the staff that you intend to walk in the Commencement procession—whether you rent, purchase, or already own your regalia. There is a single web-based response form for faculty and staff to respond, and, if desired, order regalia, all at one time. The address is

As in the past, UMBC will subsidize the rental of academic regalia for faculty, and administrative and associate staff. Please order your regalia by Sunday, October 24, 2010. After that date, you will be asked to pay a late charge of $20.

Please note that it will not be possible to order regalia after December 10. Even if there is only a slight chance that you will attend Commencement, you should order regalia. It is easier for the Bookstore to return unused gowns and hoods then it is to place a late order and not get delivery on time.

Regalia will be ready for pick-up in the Bookstore December 13-17. Please use the online Commencement RSVP form at to place your order. If you have any questions, please call Gail Dupree at the Bookstore, ext. 53807.

Even if you do not order regalia, we need to know whether you intend to march in the Commencement procession so that appropriate seating arrangements can be made. Please give your RSVP on the response form by Monday, December 13, at


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