Commencement Information

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Spring 2018 Commencement:

Campus-Wide Commencement is at the Xfinity Center on Sunday, May 20, 2018, at 1:00 p.m.
Please be advised that only official May graduates (who fulfilled all degree requirements by spring semester deadlines) will be invited or receive information regarding the details of the Main Campus Commencement.  
11:00 a.m. Doors Open
11:30 a.m. Graduates report to Lot 4b
12:20 p.m. Procession Begins
1:00 p.m. Ceremony Begins

Department of Psychology Commencement is at the Reckord Armory on Saturday, May 19, 2018, at 12:00 p.m.  
Check-in for graduates is at 11:00 a.m. sharp. 

Along with the official May graduates, official August graduates are invited to walk during this commencement ceremony contingent on successfully defending his/her dissertation before commencement day or by the deadline set by the PSYC Graduate Office.  

Information for Graduates

  • You'll be standing a long time and walking across a stage with lots of people watching you, so wear comfortable shoes.
  • Campus Security/Police will have a bag check set up at the main entrance.  To avoid delays, please arrive early and leave your personal items at home or with your guests/family.  
  • Designate a place to meet your family after the ceremony. You will be processing out of the main entrance of the Armory, so plan to meet them outside afterward.
  • The PSYC ceremony will last approximately 1.5 hours.
  • Doctoral students may rent or buy their regalia. If you choose to rent your regalia, it must be picked up from the book center (shipping is not available). The cost to rent regalia is $220.98 and the cost to purchase regalia is $1,034.98. To order or rent regalia visit the University Book Center.  The University Book Center is the official supplier of commencement regalia for the university, with Oak Hall as the official provider.  The University Book Center, located in the Stamp Student Union, is where you can purchase your regalia, diploma frames, etc. 

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Parking will be free on days of commencements.  However, parking spaces are limited and guests are encouraged to travel to College Park via Metro. Free shuttles run frequently from the College Park Metro Station. Cars will be directed to park in the Regents Drive Garage (RG on the map above). It is a 10 - minute walk from the garage to the Armory and free shuttles to the Armory are also available.  There is very limited handicap parking outside of the Armory and we cannot guarantee spaces will be available. However, disabled guests and or families with baby strollers needing to avoid stairs can enter the Armory through the rear (accessible) entrance adjacent to the main Administration Building (see map).  This door opens directly onto the gym floor and once guests enter the Armory, they can sit anywhere they like.  It is floor seating only, no bleachers or stairs.  Wheelchair seating will be marked off so guests should see commencement staff (wearing name tags) or an usher (in yellow jackets) for assistance.  


Pictures will be taken of each graduate participating in the PSYC commencement ceremony.  While there is no obligation to purchase the prints, graduates will receive access to the color proofs by email approximately two weeks after commencement along with ordering information.  

Important Contacts:

Office of the Bursar - 301.314.9000 or
Diploma Services - 301.314.8270
Office of Special Events - 301.405.4638 or 
Regalia - 301.405-9478 or