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Here are the most frequently asked questions before, during and after the commencement ceremony.

    • Do I have to apply to graduate?

      Yes. Students may apply to graduate when registration opens for the term when they are graduating. Deadlines and important information will be sent to students through their UB e-mail. Contact the Office of Records and Registration for more information.
    • How do I obtain extra tickets?

      When claiming tickets online through University Tickets, graduates can also join a wait list for additional ceremony tickets and/or overflow room tickets. Once all tickets have been distributed, additional tickets (if available) and overflow tickets will be awarded by random drawing to individuals on the wait list.
    • What if I want to participate in a different commencement term?

      In rare instances, due to extreme, special circumstances, a student may request to participate in commencement during a semester other than that for which they complete their degree. A Commencement Appeals Committee will be convened each semester to review these requests and make a determination. To request an appeal, please review the Commencement Appeals Procedure and then complete the Commencement Appeal Form.

      Commencement Appeals will be received from the first day of Grad Fest until the final day to apply for graduation. The dates are also noted on the Commencement Ceremony Information Page. Requests outside of this time period will not be reviewed.

    • Is there a dress code for the graduates or guests?

      Most guests dress in business casual attire. Women typically wear dresses, skirts or dress pants, while men typically wear dress pants and ties. Please take into consideration both the weather and comfort, because you will be wearing your robe for several hours.
    • What should I do with my personal belongings during the ceremony?

      We encourage you to bring as little with you as possible on the day of the commencement as there will be no location to store these items during the ceremony.
    • How long is the ceremony?

      The ceremony will last approximately two hours.
    • Where is parking available?

      Parking will be available for graduates and their guests in the two garages below. Graduates’ student parking accounts will still be active on the day of the ceremony, and we have arranged for guests to be able to park at a discounted rate of $7.

                Fitzgerald Garage          
                (closest to the Lyric)         
                80 W. Oliver St.

                Maryland Avenue Garage
                1111 Maryland Ave.

      There are a limited number of disability parking spaces available directly outside of the Patricia and Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric and on Mount Royal Avenue. If you choose to park on these streets, please be aware that all cars must be moved from these areas before 4 p.m. Any car remaining after that time may be towed. In order to avoid timing issues and to reduce stress before and after the ceremony, it is recommended for guests with difficulty walking to be dropped off outside of the Lyric and the driver to continue over to the Fitzgerald Garage to park

    • When can guests enter the venue?

      Doors at the Patricia and Arthur Model Performing Arts Center at The Lyric will open approximately one hour before the ceremony begins, depending on the weather. Upon entering, seating for guests is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please advise your guests to arrive to the ceremony ahead of time to ensure they will get their preferred seating location.
    • Can guests take pictures or video of the ceremony?

      Guests can take pictures and video of the ceremony, but they must do so from their seats and cannot block the view of those around them.
    • Are Latin honors recognized during commencement?

      Since final grades will not yet be submitted, current coursework cannot be considered when making the honors determination for the ceremony. Therefore, Latin honors are assigned using the student’s record from the previous semester. The final designation earned will be awarded based on the student’s entire record and will appear the official transcript and diploma. Students awarded honors have the appropriate GPA and at least 48 credits earned at the University of Baltimore. For more information about honors, contact the Office of the University Registrar at 410.837.4825.

      Latin Honors
      Suma Cum Laude: 3.9 GPA and above
      Magna Cum Laude: 3.75
      Cum Laude: 3.5

    • I have a guest coming from another country. Can you provide a supporting letter?

      Absolutely. In order to assist international guests with their B-2 Visitor visa applications and travel arrangements to attend the commencement ceremony, the university provides courtesy letters for them to present at a US embassy or consulate overseas.
      Please email the following information for each guest to Wendy Burgess, Director, Office of International Services, at

      1. First/given name.
      2. Last/family name.
      3. Relationship to you.
      4. Date of birth, if known.
      5. Country of birth.
      6. Country of citizenship.
      7. City in which they will apply for a B-2 visa.

      After your letter is prepared, it will scanned and emailed to you.

    • When will I receive my diploma?

      Students do not receive their diploma at the commencement ceremony. It takes several weeks for final grades to be posted, accounts to be checked, etc. Diplomas will be mailed to students at the address listed on MyUB approximately 6-8 weeks after the ceremony.

               Questions? Contact:
               Office of Records and Registration

    • How do I get photos from commencement?

      Within a few weeks of graduation, you will receive information directly from the photography company that includes photo proofs and order information.

      Questions? Contact:
      Andrew Foster Photography

    • How do I get DVDs from commencement?

      From processional to recessional, the entire commencement ceremony is professionally recorded. On the video, each graduate will be shown as they commence into the theater and as they accept their diploma. Information will be sent to graduates on how to order this DVD, which will cost $20.

      Additionally, the Office of Technology Services can provide a copy of a webcast in DVD format for a fee of $5 so long as you provide a DVD disc.

    • How do I apply for an Alumni Bee Card?

      Don't forget to apply for the Alumni Bee Card, your official alumni identification that gives you:

      • access to use the library and recreation center(additional fees and rates may apply)
      • a discount at Barnes & Noble at the University of Baltimore
      • a discount at participating local restaurants.

      Questions? Contact:
      Office of Alumni Relations

Last Published 10/13/17