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Because of additional security measures, all students participating in the Commencement ceremony must present their Bee Card or photo ID when they arrive at the graduate organizing area to line up. Individuals who do not have their Bee Card or photo ID will not be permitted into the Lyric. Please plan additional time for security and bag check upon entering the Lyric. Any graduate who leaves the venue after going through security and bag check will not be permitted to reenter the venue.


Final Instructions for Graduates and Guests

Commencement Ticket Portal

The deadline for claiming tickets has passed. Please contact with any questions. Tickets are not guaranteed after the deadline.

 It's your time to shine. Congratulations!

Smiling graduates at the commencement ceremony with the Eubie the UB bee.

Fall 2017
spring 2018
Commencement date and time Monday, Dec. 18
Modell Performing Arts Center
at the Lyric

Start time:

(Grad and Undergrad)

Graduates arrive on campus by
11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, May 23
Modell Performing Arts Center
at the Lyric

Start time:
10:30 a.m. (Grad)
Graduates arrive on campus by 9:30 a.m.

2 p.m. (Undergrad)
Graduates arrive on campus campus by
12:30 p.m.
Deadline to Apply (a fee applies for late applications)  Sept. 12  Feb. 5 
Final Deadline to apply for Graduation for eligibility in Commencement Ceremony Nov. 10 Apr. 13 
Commencement Appeals 
(for students requesting to participate in a different commencement term)
Oct. 9-Nov. 10 Mar. 12-Apr. 13
Graduation Fest dates Oct. 9 and Oct. 10
12-6 p.m.
Barnes and Noble Book Store

For students attending Universities at Shady Grove:

Oct. 9 from 4-6 p.m. in Building III, lobby

Oct. 10 from 10-12 p.m. in Building III, lobby

Mar. 12 and Mar. 13
12-6 p.m.
Barnes and Noble
Book Store

For students attending Universities at Shady Grove:

Mar. 12 4-6 p.m. in Building III, lobby

Mar. 13 from 10-12 p.m. in Building III, lobby


Tickets available to claim online via University Tickets. Oct. 9 - Nov. 17*

*Tickets are not guaranteed after this date.
Mar. 13 - Apr. 16*

*Tickets are not guaranteed after this date.
Commencement Photos/Headshots
(by AF Images)
Oct. 9 and Oct. 10
12-6 p.m.
Barnes and Noble Book Store
Final date to request seating for persons with disabilities Nov. 17 Apr. 16
Final date to order commencement garb Nov. 17 Apr. 16

As you get ready for commencement, take care of this checklist:

  • 1. Register to graduate.

    Complete by: See date above.

    All students who anticipate graduating at the end of the semester must register online and pay the associated fee ($30 for undergraduate students and $40 for graduate/doctoral students) through MyUB (see this helpful guide for how to complete the form). You may also apply in person at the Office of Records and Registration.

    • If you register after the deadline, there is a $10 late fee.
    • If you do not register by the final date to order garb, you will not be able to participate in the commencement ceremony.

    Once your registration is successfully completed, you will receive a notification by mail or through your UB email account. Please review the information immediately and notify the Office of Records and Registration if any information is incorrect. Diplomas will be mailed to the address listed in MyUB approximately eight weeks after the ceremony—so please make sure it is listed correctly on file.

    Please note: All students who anticipate graduating must complete this step to be considered a UB graduate and receive a diploma.
  • 2. Get suited up.

     Complete by: See date above.

    You are responsible for purchasing your commencement garb and can do so in one of three ways:

    • at the Graduation Fest
    • at the UB Bookstore 
    • online through

    A limited number of garb pieces—excluding doctoral robes—will be available for purchase the week before the ceremony at Barnes & Noble at the University of Baltimore. A $20 late fee is required.

    The UB Bookstore also has announcements, gifts, frames, and other items for graduates. See the Bookstore web page or visit the store for details.

    Reduced-price Garb
    Barnes and Noble at UB and the Office of Transitions and Community Engagement have partnered to be able to provide a small number of regalia packages at a significantly reduced price. Individuals feeling as though they will need this assistance should complete the following form. (Unfortunately, at this time all reduced price garb has been distributed for the semester.) 

    Garb Prices:

    • Bachelor's (cap, gown, stole and tassel): $85.98
    • Bachelor's (cap, gown, and tassel): $51.98
    • Stole only: $33.98
    • Master's (cap, gown, tassel and hood): $95.98
    • Hood only: $40.98
    • Doctoral purchase (tam, tassel, gown and hood): $115.98 – preorder required
    • Souvenir tassel: $6.98

  • 3. Claim your tickets online.

    Complete by: See date above.

    All guests entering the venue, including children, must present a ticket.  Each graduate will receive five (5) tickets electronically through University Tickets (link will be available at noon on Monday, Oct. 9).

    To claim your tickets, you’ll need to log in with your University of Baltimore credentials. The online portal will provide instructions on how you can conveniently print and/or share your tickets.

    Extra tickets: When claiming tickets, graduates will have an opportunity to return any unused tickets to an extra tickets pool. Graduates can also join a wait list for additional ceremony tickets and/or overflow room tickets. Once all tickets have been distributed, additional tickets and overflow tickets will be awarded by random drawing. If you choose to return unused tickets to the extra ticket pool, you cannot reclaim them.
  • 4. Request any disability seating accommodations.

    Complete by: See date above.

    We’re happy to make arrangements for you or a guest; simply fill out the Seating Accommodation Form. We’ll do our best to reserve seats so guests can sit together but are unable to provide seat location information in advance.
  • 5. Smile—you're on camera!

    Photo Information
    Professional photographers will be at the ceremony taking several photos of each graduate. They'll take:

    • individual portraits as you receive your diploma
    • individual portraits just after you receive your diploma
    • candid shots after the ceremony.

    These photographs are taken free of charge with no obligation to order. After the ceremony, you will receive an order form through email that details how to view and order photos. Our photography service is Andrew Foster Photography (443.519.3253).

    Video Information

    The UB commencement ceremony will be recorded so that graduates' family and friends may watch even if they cannot attend the actual ceremony.

    How to Watch the Ceremony Recording: A few days after the ceremony, video of the event will be available at Additionally, the University's Office of Technology Services can provide a copy of the recording in DVD format for $5. If you wish to take advantage of this service, you will need to provide your own disc.

You may also want to:

  • Let us know about honor society memberships or veteran status.

    We need you to identify the honor societies you belong to so we can recognize you in the commencement program. If you are a member of any of the following UB honor societies should complete the honor society recognition form.

    If you are a veteran and wish to be recognized, please use this form.

    Please submit the form no later than Nov. 1 (Fall) and April 1 (Spring). 

    Alpha Chi
    Alpha Eta
    Alpha Phi Sigma
    Beta Alpha Psi
    Beta Gamma Sigma
    Delta Alpha Pi
    Delta Epsilon Iota
    Helen P. Denit Honors Program
    Mu Kappa Tau
    National Society of Leadership and Success
    Nu Omicron

    Omicron Delta Kappa
    Phi Alpha Theta
    Pi Alpha Alpha
    Pi Sigma Alpha
    Psi Chi
    Sigma Iota Epsilon
    Sigma Nu Tau
    Sigma Tau Delta
    Tau Epsilon Alpha
    Upsilon Phi Delta          

  • Apply to be a student speaker.

    The commencement ceremonies feature student speakers who each present a 3-5 minute speech. If you would like to be considered as a student speaker, please complete the student speaker application form by Oct. 13 (Fall) or March 20 (Spring).

    A committee will review all nominations and invite selected individuals to present their speeches for review. Applications should include a draft of your remarks as well as a narrative explaining why your story is compelling. Incomplete application packets will not be considered.

    If you have any questions about this process, please e-mail

  • Order Flowers.

    Commencement Flowers will be on hand to sell flowers in the lobby of the Lyric Opera House; however, you can also pre-order your flowers if you'd like to order them in advance.

alumni tassle with 2015 and bee

Show off your UB pride.

Graduating students who make a contribution of $20.17 to the UB Alumni Association Scholarship Fund will be recognized with a (silver) bee tassel charm to wear at commencement. To make your gift, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 410.837.6131 Or, you can make your gift online and pick up your charm at the alumni office. 
Last Published 12/7/17