Graduation Day


Graduation Cap

Students participating in the Smith School’s commencement ceremony should report to the Pavilion (Auxiliary Gym) of the Xfinity Center for line up one hour prior to the ceremony. 

During the ceremony, we ask that all graduates and guests remain seated throughout the entire ceremony in order to provide full recognition to all graduates. Upon arrival, graduates should obtain their announcement card from the information table in the back of the Pavilion Room. After obtaining your card, find the area labeled with your major and get in line. Graduates participating in the ceremony will line up in the Pavilion Room. As the procession begins, please stay in single file order so that you may be seated correctly. At the appropriate time, marshals will lead the graduates to the platform one row at a time to receive their graduation scrolls. You will hand your card to the person at the microphone, walk to a dean to shake hands and proceed to the table to shake hands with your chairperson as you receive your scroll. Your diploma will be mailed to you following official clearances for graduation.

We ask that you stay for the entire ceremony as not to disturb the students, families, and other guests.

UM Commencement

For more information on the university commencement please see

Individual College Commencement Ceremony Times

Please see the times on the UMD website. Times are subject to change.