The 2018 Winter Commencement ceremony for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore will be held on Friday, December 14, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in the William P. Hytche Athletic Center. Please join Dr. Heidi M. Anderson,  University President, family, friends, faculty, staff and students as we celebrate the 2018 Fall graduating class.

    Guests are advised that the doors will close at 9:45 a.m. at the start of the Commencement exercises and will remain closed. Guests are urged to arrive and be seated by 9:30 a.m. if they wish to observe the student and faculty processional. In consideration for all attendees, especially our graduates, we ask that cellular telephones and other electronic messaging devices be turned off during the Commencement ceremony. Noise-making devices, banners, and posters are prohibited as are all objects that would diminish from the formality of the event. Please click the links below for additional information about the Commencement schedule, events, instructions and other items of interest.


    For graduation candidates who have more guests than tickets, several viewing options are available.  

    1. Student Service Center Theatre - The theatre in the Student Service Center (SSC), will serve as the overflow site for those who do not have tickets, or for those who arrive after the doors to the Hytche Center have closed at the start of the commencement exercises.

    2. Streaming – Commencement exercises will be streamed live on the UMES Website . This is a great options for those who cannot travel. 

    3. Campus TV - Campus cable television channel 4-1 will show a live video feed, and can be viewed on any campus television.  


    To view graduation at a glance, please download the Graduation Packet.

    Do you need to buy commencement regalia (cap and gown)?

    Order commencement regalia online; ensure timely delivery by ordering early.