AGNR Commencement

AGNR Commencement 

Campus-Wide Ceremony

Tuesday, December 18, 2018      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

AGNR Ceremony

Wednesday, December 19, 2018        The Clarice: Dekelboum Hall, 4:30 p.m.

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

4:20 p.m. - Processional Begins

4:30 p.m. - Ceremony Begins

AGNR ceremony will not exceed 2 hours




Arrival Information

Students should begin to assemble in The Clarice (exact room TBD) no earlier than 3:30 p.m. (there is a ceremony taking place before ours). Students are to arrive no later than 3:45 p.m. The procession of graduates will begin promptly at 4:20 p.m. and we ask that all guests be seated by that time.

Please note: There may be a BAG CHECK upon entrance to 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.

Additionally, we love that friends and family want to make this a special day for the graduates and sometimes that involves celebratory flowers, balloons, gifts, etc. We must inform you that under no circumstances are helium-filled balloons permitted to enter The Clarice. This is a strict venue policy that we will respect as guests of The Clarice. If guests/graduates do choose to bring balloons to celebrate, we ask that you leave them in the car (otherwise, The Clarice staff will confiscate them at the door and return them to you upon exiting the venue).

Ticket Information

Campus-wide Ceremony: Tickets are not required for the Fall ceremony. 

AGNR Ceremony:  Tickets are not required for the College of AGNR 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.

The Clarice Performing Arts 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; 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 PAC will be on your right.

Parking in the Stadium Drive Garage (directly across from CSPAC) is limited but additional parking is available in Lot 1B and Lot Z. Parking is available on a first come, first served basis. Click the link for an interactive map of the campus:

*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 and sold as a package: 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. Items may be shipped for an additional $18.95. If you have questions, contact the University Book Center at 301.314.9231.

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. To order or rent regalia visit the University Book Center.

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. 

The University Book Center is the official supplier of commencement regalia for the university, with Oak Hall as the official provider.  Cap and gown packages can be purchased at The University Book Center, located in the Stamp Student Union. For information about class rings and announcements, visit  Balfour representatives will be at Grad Fair to take orders and showcase the Maryland announcements and class rings.

Diplomas will be mailed several weeks after graduation. 

Day-of details for graduates

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

Senior Information Sheet