There are many things that our graduates need be aware of to fully prepare for commencement. On this page you will find all the information you need to prepare for the ceremony.
Commencement vs. Graduation
Commencement specifically refers to the ceremony, planned by the Office of Transitions and Community Engagement, where students can share the joy and excitement of their academic accomplishment with peers, family and friends. It is also a time for the university, president, deans, faculty, and staff to appreciate students for their outstanding efforts in completing their degree requirements. The University of Baltimore hosts two ceremonies annually for graduate and undergraduate students, traditionally held in December and May. Participation is the commencement ceremony is not a guarantee of degree completion and official degrees are not awarded as a part of the commencement ceremony.
Graduation is the process of submitting an online graduation application, that confirms all academic requirements for your degree and financial obligations to the institution have been completed. This process is overseen by the Office of the Records and Registration.
To officially graduate from UB, you must apply for graduation by the posted deadline. Students who apply to graduate by the posted deadline will be contacted by the University about participating in the commencement exercises. After final grades are conferred, your degree will become official. It will be mailed to you approximately 6-8 week following the ceremony. You do not have to be present at a commencement ceremony to receive your degree.
Links for Degree Candidates
- Graduation Applications and Eligibility
- Graduation Regalia
- Commencement Tickets
- Accommodations and Embassy Letters for International Families
- Commencement Checklist
- Day of Graduate Instructions
- Honors and Military Recognition
- Student Speaker Applications
- Whom to Contact List
- Photos and Flowers
- Grad Fest
- Frequently Asked Questions