The 2013 Spring Commencement Exercise is
scheduled Friday, May 17th in the Dr.
William P. Hytche Athletic Center Arena. The commencement will begin promptly
at 10:00 a.m.; doors will close at 9:45 a.m., so arrive early! The ceremony will
last approximately 90 minutes to 2 hours.
In order to make
entering the Dr. William P. Hytche Athletic Center safe and pleasant
for everyone, all guests will be required to have tickets to
attend. No one will be admitted into the Dr. William
P. Hytche Athletic Center without a ticket! Tickets are free,
and will be distributed to candidates who are eligible for graduation as listed
on the official commencement list. Tickets will be distributed beginning
Monday, May 6th, between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and noon, and again between
1:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., in the Student Services Center, Suite
2169. Candidates are limited to twelve (12) tickets and must
present their student identification to obtain the tickets. Candidates are responsible for disseminating tickets to
their guests. Candidates who are away from campus and not able to pick
up their tickets in person should contact Mrs. Linda Woolford, Executive
Administrative Assistant in the Office of the Vice President for Student
Affairs and Enrollment Management (410) 651-6687 to discuss making arrangements
to obtain their tickets. Please do not request
additional tickets as none are available! Lost or stolen tickets cannot be
replaced! Doors will close to the
general public 9:45 am at the start of Commencement Exercises and will remain
closed throughout the exercises. Please encourage your guests to arrive early!
Rehearsal and Walk-through
who are participating in the Commencement Exercises must attend the mandatory
rehearsal held Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 3 p.m. in the William P. Hytche
Center. Your attendance at the commencement rehearsal is mandatory.If you are not present, you will not be able to participate in commencement.
Exceptions made with prior approval only (for approval to be absent from the
rehearsal, please contact Dr. James White, the Associate Vice President for
Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at (410) 651-8440. Mark this date on
your calendar and do not be late, your promptness is encouraged so that we can
begin and end in a timely manner. You do NOT need your cap and gown for
Immediately following the rehearsal, the Office of
Alumni Affairs invites you to enjoy complimentary refreshments in the William
P. Hytche Center, where you will also receive a small gift in celebration of
your academic achievement.
Dear Candidate for Graduation:
Congratulations on your milestone; you
Graduation at the University of
Maryland Eastern Shore is a solemn and formal academic occasion. We request that each graduate contribute to
the dignity of the occasion by following some fundamentally simple rules. The enclosed information will assist you in
meeting our expectations as related to your dress and demeanor. The required academic robe is black.
REQUESTED TO WEAR:
- Black dress
pumps. No open-toed shoes.
- Black or
neutral colored dress hose.
- Black dress
which does not have a high neckline or stand-up collar. It should not show above the zippered front,
v-neckline on the robe.
- No visible
- No flowers or
other decoration on the academic robe.
REQUESTED TO WEAR:
dress shoes. No tennis shoes
or light-colored dress shirt
(four-in-hand) tie. Shirt collar and tie
will show above the v-neckline of the academic robe.
coat or sport coat will not be seen under the robe and therefore is optional.
BOTH MEN AND
mortarboard (academic hat) is to be worn with the front point over the forehead
below the front hairline so that the flat board is parallel to the floor. The mortarboard is not worn on the back of
the head with the board pointing
upward. NO DECORATION OF ANY KIND IS TO BE PLACED ON THE MORTARBOARD. Also, no additional paraphernalia (Kente
cloth, Greek insignia, non-academic items, etc.) is to be worn on the
the Bachelor's degree should enter the arena with the tassel on the right,
hanging near the right eye. The president will lead everyone in the Changing of the Tassel ceremony. Everyone will move their tassel from right to
left when instructed by the president.
the Master's degree will enter the arena with the tassel at the left front of
the mortarboard, hanging near the left eye.
Graduate students do not participate in the changing of the tassel
Master's degree recipients are requested to refrain from inappropriately
celebrating (i.e., gyrating and dancing on stage, calling out names of others,
loud, offensive noises and gestures, etc.) during the ceremony.
Your cooperation in this effort will
be appreciated and the visiting public will leave with positive memories of
your commencement experience at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.