Monday, April 24, 2017

Graduation Information: CCJS and Campus-Wide Ceremonies

Image result for umd commencementGraduation is quickly approaching! If you are planning on attending either one or both of the commencement ceremonies, please read through the information below as well as the appropriate website(s) for important details about commencement.  After carefully reviewing this email and the links provided, if you have additional questions please contact CCJS Advising at  

1.  Campus-Wide Commencement Ceremony
2.  Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice Ceremony

1.  Campus-Wide Commencement Ceremony – 
Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 1:00 PM (Xfinity Center)
Tickets are required for the campus-wide commencement ceremony. Each graduate will receive four guest tickets and one processional ticket for their personal use.  Tickets will only be issued to students who are completing ALL degree requirements by May 2017.  Directions with log in access to the ticket site will be emailed to all eligible graduating students on May 3, 2017.  Tickets can be claimed through the students online athletics ticket account beginning May 5, 2017.  For more information regarding ticket distribution visit:

Arrival Time/Location:
11:00 AM Doors open
11:30 AM Graduates report to Lot 4B by Xfinity Center (no later than)
12:20 PM Procession of graduates begins
1:00 PM Ceremony begins

2.  Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice Ceremony
Saturday, May 20, 2016 at 12:00 PM (Reckord Armory)

Arrival Time/Location:
Undergraduate & Masters Students - Assemble in regalia at 11:15 AM in the basement of the Armory.  Check-in with a graduation marshal to obtain your name card and receive line-up information.

Tickets are not required for the CCJS departmental ceremony and students are not required to RSVP. However, seating in the Armory is limited, so we request that students keep their total number of guests to no more than six.  We want to ensure that all graduates are able to have their immediate family present.

Venue Information:
There will be a bag screening for all students and guest entering the Armory, so we ask that everyone avoid bringing bags into the Armory or limiting the amount and size of the bag to avoid delays.  Parents, guest, and students cannot bring food into the Armory.  Additionally there is no place to store strollers and strollers cannot be placed in the aisles, therefore we ask that guest refrain from bringing strollers into the facility. 

Free parking for students and guests will be available in any lot or parking garage on campus. Recommended parking closest to the Armory is available in the Regents Drive Garage. It is a 10 minute walk from the garage to the Armory and free shuttles to the Armory are also available.

There will be a drop-off area outside of the Armory where guests can drive up to the rear (accessible) entrance of the Armory and drop off anyone who requires physical assistance.  Additionally, there will be a limited number of handicapped parking spots available in Lot L next to the Armory, but spaces are limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Please note there is a graduation ceremony at 9:00 AM before the CCJS ceremony, so the handicap spaces may be extremely limited.  

A parking map for the Armory is available on our website:  For additional information about parking, parking for the campus-wide ceremony, and campus maps, please visit:

Disabled guests and/or families that have to avoid stairs can enter the Armory through the rear (accessible) entrance adjacent to the Main Administration Building. This door opens directly onto the floor and once guests enter the Armory, they can sit anywhere they like. It is floor seating only, no bleachers or stairs. Wheelchair seating will be marked off, so guests should see a commencement volunteer (wearing name tags) or an usher (in yellow jackets) for assistance.

If additional accommodations are needed, such as a sign-language interpreter, please send an email to by May 1, 2017.

Graduation Regalia:
In order to participate in the campus-wide and CCJS ceremony, students must purchase graduation regalia at the University Book Center.  For more information please visit:

Additional Information:
  • The CCJS ceremony will last approximately 90 minutes
  • Graduates – you will be standing a long time. You will also be walking across a stage with lots of people watching, so please wear comfortable shoes
  • There is no place for graduates to store belongings.  Please leave all valuables, bags, and coats with your guest(s) or in your car
  • Additional information about the CCJS Ceremony, including a parking map, is available on the CCJS Graduation webpage:
  • Questions about the CCJS Commencement Ceremony should be directed to:

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