AGNR Commencement

AGNR Commencement

UMD Main Campus Ceremony Information

Campus-Wide Ceremony

Friday, May 24, 2019

XFINITY Center, 1:00 p.m.


11:00 a.m. - Doors Open

11:30 a.m. – Graduates report 

12:20 p.m. - Processional Begins

1:00 p.m. - Ceremony Begins

AGNR Ceremony

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Reckord Armory, 3:00 p.m.


2:00 p.m. – Doors open; graduates report 

2:45 p.m. - Processional Begins

3:00 p.m. - Ceremony Begins

AGNR ceremony will not exceed 2 hours




Arrival Information

Students should begin to assemble in the Armory basement no earlier than 2:00 p.m. (there is a ceremony taking place before ours). Students are to arrive no later than 2:15 p.m. The procession of graduates will begin promptly at 2:45 p.m. and we ask that all guests be seated by that time.


Please note: There will be a BAG CHECK upon entrance to the Armory.  Seeing as bag checks can be a time-consuming process, we encourage guests to leave bags at home. We understand that this may come as an inconvenience to some but our aim is to minimize wait times at the door and ensure that guests are seated before the ceremony begins.

Ticket Information

Campus-wide Ceremony: Tickets are required for the Spring 2019 campus-wide ceremony. Each student will receive 4-tickets for the ceremony. More information can be found here.

AGNR Ceremony:  Tickets are not required for the College of AGNR ceremony. However, we do request that each graduate limits their guest list to approximately 6-persons so as to allow room for all guests to be seated during the ceremony. 

Directions & Parking

To Xfinity Center from I-95/495 Beltway:

Take Exit 27 and then follow signs to Exit 25 (U.S. 1 South toward College Park). Proceed approximately one mile south on Route 1; take the exit for 193 West (University Boulevard). At the first light, turn left onto Paint Branch Drive and proceed to follow signage for parking.

Reckord Armory from I-95/495 Beltway:

Take the College Park/US-1 Exit 25. Go south on US-1 for about 2 miles until you reach the front entrance to the campus. Turn right on Campus Drive and take the first right at the "M" traffic circle. Cars will be directed to park in the Regents Drive Garage*, which is a 5-10 minute walk to the Armory. There will be free guest shuttles circulating to and from the Armory.

*Parking is FREE on commencement days.  The parking stations will be turned off.

Disability Services

Guests attending the Campus-wide Ceremony who need accessibility accommodations or have questions regarding the accommodations for those accomodations may contact the Office of Special Events at or 301.405.4638. 

Guests attending the AGNR Ceremony who need accomodations should speak with their graduating student. All graduating AGNR students will be asked to fill out an RSVP for the ceremony at which time they will have the opportunity to request those accomodations.

SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETERS are available upon request. Please contact the Disability Support Service at 301.314.7209 or to make arrangements.

HANDICAP PARKING:  Those with handicap parking permits may park in any available handicap parking space on campus. There are spaces closer to the Armory (though limited) in addition to the spaces in Regents Park Garage (note: the garage is equipped with elevators in multiple locations for ease of access).  Again, shuttle service will be available to and from the garage.

DROPPING GUESTS OFF:  Guests will be able to pull directly up to the rear entrance of the Armory to drop off any individuals who require additional assistance. Those guests will be admitted through the rear accessible entrance and led to their seats.


BACHELOR'S & MASTER'S DEGREE STUDENTS must purchase their regalia. The following items are required: cap, gown, departmental hood, stole of gratitude and tassel with the official medallion. The Undergraduate package will cost $138.98 and the Master's package will cost $149.98. 

DOCTORAL STUDENTS may rent or buy their regalia. If you choose to rent your regalia, it must be picked up from the book center (shipping is not available). The cost to rent regalia is $220.98 and the cost to purchase regalia is $1034.98. 


Cap and gown packages can be purchased at the University Book Center located in Stamp Student Union or online (select Main Campus when prompted). If you have questions, contact the University Book Center at 301.314.9231.

The University Book Center is the official supplier of commencement regalia for the university, with Oak Hall as the official provider. For information about class rings and announcements, visit  

Note: The College of AGNR will provide college honors cords to those who qualify. Otherwise, AGNR does not have additional regalia available to rent or borrow. 

Day-of details for graduates

Further information will be sent directly to graduating students (via e-mail) over the coming weeks.

Senior Information Sheet

Note: Diplomas will be mailed several weeks after graduation.