The 2017 Spring Commencement exercises of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore will be held Friday, May 26, 2017, at 10:00 am in the William P. Hytche Athletic Center, and will last approximately two hours. Please join Dr. Bell, University President, family, friends, faculty, staff and students as we celebrate the 2017 spring graduating class of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Guests are advised that doors will close at 9:45 am at the start of the Commencement exercises and will remain closed. Guests are urged to be seated approximately one half-hour prior to the start of Commencement, if they wish to observe the student and faculty processional. In consideration for all attendees, especially our graduates, we ask that cellular telephones, blackberries, and other electronic messaging devices be turned off during the Commencement exercises. Noise-making devices, banners and posters are prohibited, as are all objects that would detract from the formality of the event. Please click the links below for additional information about the Commencement schedule, events, receptions, instructions, and other items of interest. 


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

    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. 

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

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

    Graduating seniors  

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

    • A limited supply of commencement regalia is still available in the campus bookstore.
    • Order commencement regalia online; ensure timely delivery by ordering early.  

    Message From the President


    Commencement Instructions 

     Commencement Speaker

    ** Rehearsal (mandatory for all candidates)* 


    Commencement Tickets 

     Local Accommodations - Hotel Information

    Commencement Decorum 

     Visitor Accessibility

    How to Dress for Commencement  

     Alternate Viewing Site

    Cap, Gown and University Ring Ordering Information 

     Graduation Photos

    Post-Commencement Reception 

     Alma Mater

    Graduation Checklist

     Frequently Asked Questions

    International Students