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Frequently Asked Commencement Questions

  • When is Commencement?

    Fall 2020 Commencement will be held on Friday, November 20th, 2020 at 11am and 3pm

    Where will commencement be held?

    In accordance with CDC guidelines, commencement ceremonies for each academic school will be held in separate locations and graduates will be limited to two ticketed guest. 

    School and Locations: School of Education, Social Sciences, and The Arts - Hytche Arena, School of Education, Social Sciences, and The Arts - Student Service Center Theater & Ballroom, School of Agricultural and Natural Sciences - Performing Arts Center, School of Pharmacy and Health Professions - Henson Ballroom, School of Graduate Studies - Will participate in the ceremony along with their undergraduate counterparts.

    Will there be a rehearsal?

    Yes, rehearsal will be November 19, 2020. Times will be announced

    Do I need tickets for guest?

    Yes, two tickets per candidate will be distributed. Each guest will need their ticket to get on campus and into the commencement venue. Please be advised all guest will be subject to submitting a negative COVID 19 test result by Tuesday, November 17th to the Charles Drew Health Center. Guest will also be subjected to health screens upon arrival onto campus.  

    Why am I only allowed two tickets?

    To adhere to the Governor’s Executive Order of limiting indoor gatherings to 100 individuals or less, UMES will host morning (Ceremony A) and afternoon (Ceremony B) commencement ceremonies by School. The details can be found below. 

    What happens if my guest loses their ticket?

    Due to health and safety regulations, anyone without a ticket will be denied entry into the ceremony

    When will tickets be distributed?

    Tickets will be distributed to candidates at rehearsal.  Please be on the lookout for an email regarding how to RSVP for your guest. 

    Where will my degree be mailed?

    Please check Hawkeye and make sure you have your home address where you would like your degree mailed. Degrees will be mailed approximately four to six weeks following the Commencement ceremony.