Masters Students

Dear Graduation Candidate,

Please see below for final reminders prior to Commencement!

1) Campus-wide Commencement Ceremony
Tuesday, December 19, 2017, at 6 p.m. in the Xfinity Center

Graduates in their caps and gowns will take part in the processional and will be seated on the arena floor. No tickets are required for guests at the Campus Commencement Ceremony. Visit for additional information.

2) Smith School of Business Commencement Ceremony
Wednesday, December 20, 2017, at 9 a.m. in the Xfinity Center

The Xfinity Center’s doors will open at 8 a.m., and graduates and guests should arrive at the Xfinity Center at that time to be able to participate and view the graduate procession, which will begin at approximately 8:40 a.m. prior to the start of the 9 a.m. ceremony.

At 8 a.m. graduates should report to the Pavilion Room of the Xfinity Center (Room 0601, located on the southeast end of the Xfinity Center) to lineup for the procession.

All graduates are required to wear official regalia, available for purchase at the University Bookstore.

There is no secure or designated area to leave coats, purses or other belongings. Graduates should leave these items with family members.

No tickets are required for guests at the Smith School Ceremony.

The ceremony should conclude by 11 a.m.

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 heavier than usual for 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 (University Boulevard). For a campus map please visit

Parking is free and readily available at the Xfinity Center and across campus for commencement.

The Smith School's Fall Commencement Ceremony will be streamed live online here.

Visit for more details on the Smith School’s ceremony.

Please contact the Office of Smith Programs and Events at or 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. Please contact the Office of Smith Programs and Events at or 301-405-9420 as soon as possible (at least 3 weeks prior to the ceremony) if you require a sign language interpreter.

3) Commencement Reception

We look forward to seeing you at the reception in Van Munching Hall for MBA, MS & MFin 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 Masters Programs Office team at the reception!

Please RSVP here if you are able to attend.

Congratulations, and we are looking forward to celebrating graduation with you!

Masters Programs Office