AGNR Commencement

AGNR Commencement

UMD Main Campus Ceremony Information

AGNR Ceremony

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Reckord Armory

1:00 p.m.


Doors will open to guests at 12:30 p.m.

Tickets are required (up to five tickets

will be allotted to each AGNR graduate).

Campus-Wide Ceremony

Monday, May 22, 2023


7:00 p.m.


Gates will open 1hr prior to the ceremony.

Tickets are required (one student ticket &

up to four guest tickets per graduate).

Arrival Information

Students should begin to assemble in the Armory basement no earlier than 2:30 p.m. (there is a ceremony taking place before ours). Students are to arrive no later than 3:00 p.m. The procession of graduates will begin promptly at 3:25 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 Armory.  Seeing as bag checks can be a time consuming process, we encourage all guests and graduates 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 2022 campus-wide ceremony. Each graduate will receive one student ticket and up to four guest tickets. More information will be made available here.


AGNR Ceremony:  Tickets will be required for the College of AGNR's ceremony. Graduates have been notified and provided with a form to reserve up to five guest tickets each (if you are a graduating student and you have not yet received a ticket reservation form, please contact immediately). Ticket distribution will take place in late-April; physical tickets will be given to current students and electronic tickets will be provided to Summer/Fall 2021 graduates who plan to attend this Spring's ceremony.


To Maryland Stadium:

Digital signage will be posted just outside of campus to help direct guests. More details to follow...


The Reckord Armory

It is recommended that guests and graduates park in Regents Garage which is accessible and will have a shuttle running to/from the Armory (adjacent to The Clarice). Parking will also be available in Lots C1 and C2 but space is very limited. The lots closest to the Armory (L & QQ) will be restricted to those with handicap placards; graduates will receive more information closer to the event date.


*All campus parking is FREE on commencement dates (meters will be turned off). Parking is available on a first come, first served basis. Please see map for lot numbers and locations

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.

ADA PARKING:  Those with handicap parking permits may park in any available handicap parking space on campus. There are spaces available in Lots L & QQ next to the Armory but space is very limited. Regents Drive Garage is ADA accessible with elevators located at each corner of the structure elevator; shuttles will also be available. 

DROPPING GUESTS OFF:  Guests will be able to pull directly up to rear of The Armory (Lot QQ) to drop off any individuals who require additional assistance. 


BACHELOR'S & MASTER'S DEGREE STUDENTS must wear regalia in order to participate in either ceremony. The following items are required: cap, gown, departmental hood (not required for bachelor's students), stole of gratitude (the red UMD sash), and tassel with the official medallion. The Undergraduate package will cost $90 (w/o departmental hood) and the Master's package will cost $158. The deadline to purchase regalia from the University Book Center is December 6th -- alternatively, students may choose to borrow regalia from alumni or fellow graduates.

DOCTORAL STUDENTS may rent or buy their regalia from the University Book Center. Those purchasing will need to do so before October 29th; those choosing to rent their regalia have until December 6th to submit their order. The cost to rent regalia is $260 (+ $500 rental deposit) and the cost to purchase regalia is $1098. 


Click here for more information about regalia, purchase/rental options, etc.


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 months.

AGNR Commencement Speakers

We are honored to welcome Dr. Rita Colwell as our speaker for the AGNR Commencement ceremony. Dr. Colwell is a Distinguished Professor at the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences - University of Maryland. Her interests are focused on global infectious diseases, water, and health. Among her many accomplishments, Dr. Colwell has been awarded 63 honorary degrees from institutions of higher education and served as the first female director of the National Science Foundation (NSF). She was also the keynote speaker at our Ensure a Clean and Health Chesapeake Bay Cornerstone Event in October 2019. 

Shannon Rotella, who will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Science & Technology with a concentration in Environmental Horticulture, has been selected to serve as AGNR's student speaker. 

Note: Diplomas will be mailed several weeks after graduation.