Undergraduate Students

October 30, 2017

Dear Graduation Candidate,

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

Campus Commencement Ceremony

  • Tuesday, December 19, 2017, at 6 p.m. in the Xfinity Center.
  • For this ceremony, graduates will assemble in academic regalia (cap & gown) in the Pavilion (auxiliary gymnasium) at of the Xfinity Center at 5 p.m.
  • The procession of graduates onto the floor of the Xfinity Center will begin promptly at 5:40 p.m.
  • The Xfinity Center’s doors will open at 4:30 p.m.
  • No tickets are required for guests attending the Campus Commencement Ceremony.
  • Visit www.commencement.umd.edu for more details about this ceremony.
  • For special accommodations for guests or graduates at the Campus Ceremony, contact the Office of Special Events at events@ur.umd.edu or 301-405-4638.

Smith School Undergraduate 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 prior to the start of the 9 a.m. ceremony.
  • At 8 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 lineup for the procession.
  • No tickets are required for guests at the Smith School Ceremony.
  • The ceremony should conclude by 11 a.m., giving you, your friends, and family time to go out for a celebratory meal after the ceremony.
  • We ask guests and graduates to refrain from bringing noise makers 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 could be heavy the day 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.
  • The Smith School's December Commencement Ceremony will be streamed live online at www.rhsmith.umd.edu/watchmegraduate.
  • Visit www.rhsmith.umd.edu/commencement for more details on the Smith School’s ceremony.
  • Please contact the Office of Smith Programs and Events at smithevents@rhsmith.umd.edu 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 smithevents@rhsmith.umd.edu or 301-405-9420 as soon as possible (at least 3 weeks prior to the ceremony) if you require a sign language interpreter.

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


Brian Horick
Assistant Dean