AGNR Commencement

AGNR Commencement

UMD Main Campus Ceremony Information

Campus-Wide Ceremony

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

The XFINITY Center

 6:00 p.m.


4:30 p.m. - Doors Open

5:00 p.m. – Graduates report 

5:40 p.m. - Processional Begins

6:00 p.m. - Ceremony Begins
Main Speaker: General James R. Clapper
Student Speaker: Bita Riazi

AGNR Ceremony

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Dekelboum Concert Hall, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

4:30 p.m.


3:30 p.m. – Doors open and graduates report 

4:20 p.m. - Processional Begins

4:30 p.m. - Ceremony Begins

**The AGNR ceremony will not exceed 2 hours**
Commencement Address: Dr. William E. Kirwan
Student Commencement Address: Kerrin Massarueh

Arrival Information

Students should report to The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (The Clarice) no earlier than 3:30 p.m. (there is a ceremony taking place before ours) and no later than 3:45 p.m.  The procession of graduates will begin promptly at 4:20 p.m. Guests of graduates are expected to be in their seats by this time.


Please note: There will be a BAG CHECK upon entering The Clarice.  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 not required for the Winter 2019 campus-wide ceremony. More information here.

AGNR Ceremony:  Tickets are not required for the College of AGNR ceremony. However, we do request that each graduate limit their guest list to 4-6 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.


To The Clarice 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; exit right onto 193 West (University Blvd) towards Byrd Stadium. At the second traffic light, turn left onto Stadium Drive. At the traffic circle, take the first right turn (before circling past the stadium gates). The Clarice will be on your right.


Note: Parking in the Stadium Drive Garage (directly across from The Clarice) is very limited but additional parking is available in Lot 1B and Lot Z. Parking is available on a first come, first served basis.

*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. As mentioned before, Stadium Drive Garage is the closest parking option but spaces are at a premium. If this is an issue, guests will be able to pull directly up to the front entrance of The Clarice and drop off any individuals who require assistance.


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. 



Please plan on attending the Winter 2019 Grad Fair on October 30th & 31st (10am - 6pm) at the University Book Center. During the Grad Fair, you will have the opportunity to view and purchase the items that you will need in order to participate in either the AGNR Commencement Ceremony or the Main Campus Ceremony. There will also be vendors there selling items such as class rings, commemorative collectibles, diploma frames, and graduation announcements. 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  


For Winter Commencement, graduates may purchase regalia packages at the University Book Center’s Grad Fair and acquire a $10.00 discount. The undergraduate package will cost $140.00 and the graduate degree package will cost $148.00. If regalia is purchased after the Winter Grad Fair, pricing will be $150.00 for undergraduate packages and $158.00 for graduate packages. 


Online orders can only include the full package. Additionally, the Grad Fair discount is not available for online purchases. Graduates looking to purchase individual items from the regalia package can do so at the University Book Center. Please email if you live out of state and will need regalia shipped to you. Items may be shipped for an additional $15.95. If you have questions, contact Deddisun Won of the University Book Center at 301.405.9478.


Note: The College of AGNR will be providing honor cords to those who qualify. Otherwise, AGNR does not have additional regalia available to rent or borrow for the ceremony.

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.