Master's Students

Dear Graduation Candidate,

The faculty and staff of The Robert H. Smith School of Business wish to congratulate you on your candidacy for graduation, and we hope your graduation activities will be events filled with joy and celebration. Below is information about the upcoming commencement activities.

Campus Commencement Ceremony

  • Tuesday, December 18, 2018, at 6 p.m. in the Xfinity Center.
  • For this ceremony, graduates will assemble in academic regalia (cap & gown) at the Xfinity Center by 5 p.m. The procession of graduates onto the floor of the Xfinity Center will begin promptly at 5:40 p.m.
  • Tickets are NOT required for the December campus-wide ceremony.
  • For special accommodations for guests or graduates at the Campus Ceremony, contact the Office of Special Events via email at or call 301-405-4638.

Smith School Graduate Commencement Ceremony

  • Wednesday, December 19, 2018, in the Xfinity Center.
  • Graduates and guests should arrive at the Xfinity Center at 11 a.m. to be able to participate and view the graduate procession, which will begin prior to the start of the 12 p.m. ceremony.
  • At 11 a.m. graduates should report to the Pavilion (auxiliary gymnasium) of the Xfinity Center (Room 0601, located on the southeast end of the Xfinity Center) to line up for the procession.
  • No tickets are required for guests attending the Smith School Ceremony.
  • The ceremony should conclude by 2 p.m. We invite you to join us at the MBA and Specialty Master's commencement reception following the ceremony. Please see below for RSVP information.
  • We ask guests and graduates to refrain from bringing noisemakers or any other instrument that may distract graduates, speakers, faculty/staff, and other audience members. In addition, we ask that all attendees remain for the entire ceremony so we can give each graduate their full recognition.
  • Concession stands in the Xfinity Center will be operating throughout commencement day.
  • Be aware that traffic on campus and on the area roads and highways will be heavy the morning of Commencement. The University recommends that graduates and guests attending ceremonies at the Xfinity Center avoid traveling through the center of campus and enter the Xfinity Center via route 193.
  • Parking is free and readily available at the Xfinity Center and across campus for commencement.
  • The Smith School's Spring Commencement Ceremony will be streamed live online.
  • Visit the website for more details on the Smith School’s ceremony.
  • Please contact the Office of Smith Programs and Events via email at or call 301-405-9420 to make arrangements for guests or degree candidates who will need special accommodations for the Smith School ceremony. Closed caption is provided on the jumbo screens at the Smith School Ceremony. Sign language interpreters are available upon request through the Disability Support Service and these arrangements must be made at least three weeks prior to commencement.

Commencement Reception

We look forward to seeing you at the reception in Van Munching Hall for MBA & Specialty Master's graduates and their guests immediately following the Smith School Commencement ceremony. Light hors-d'oeuvres, punch, and champagne will be served. Please look for signs to pick up your cohort photo from the Master's Programs Office team at the reception!

Please RSVP if you are able to attend.

Again, we congratulate you on your accomplishments and are looking forward to celebrating graduation with you.


Masters Programs Office