UM SSW Convocation Information For 2016 May (Spring), July (Summer) and 2015 December (Fall) Graduates
Convocation is the ceremony for all Social Work graduates; it is during this ceremony that you will walk across the stage, be hooded by faculty and have photographs taken.
When: Friday, May 20, 2016
Where: Patricia and Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric - 140 W. Mt. Royal Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21201
Time: 9 AM -- Doors to the Lyric open at 8 AM [graduates need to arrive no later than 8:30 AM--and please note that there will be no food or beverage service available at the Lyric]
Tickets: Each graduate will receive 4 tickets to convocation. Please see the ticket distribution information listed below
Parking: We recommend parking at The Fitzgerald Garage located at 80 W. Oliver Street (between Mt. Royal Avenue and Maryland Avenue) The Garage is a block north of the Lyric and has plentiful spaces available.
The University of Maryland, Baltimore's Commencement
Commencement is a ceremony for all UMB students which takes place in the afternoon (after the School of Social Work convocation), diplommas will be distributed following the ceremony (at the Arena)
Commencement begins at the Royal Farms Arena at 2 p.m. the same day. Graduates are invited to participate in a Party in the Park (in Plaza Park, across from SSW) with other UMB graduating students from 11am to 1pm. Students and faculty will then process from the park to the Arena at 1:15pm.
There is no limit to the number of family members and friends that can attend this event.
MAY (SPRING) GRADUATES:
Deadline to file an Application for Diploma is FEBRUARY 7, 2016.
Filing an Application for Diploma is mandatory and can be submitted online through SURFS (instructions are sent to all students via their campus e-mail account). www.simsweb.umaryland.edu/umbhtml/diplomaapp.html
PLEASE NOTE: If you are enrolled in an extended field placement you’re considered a July (Summer) graduate.
JULY (SUMMER) GRADUATES:
You MUST select “Summer” on your Application for Diploma as your expected date of graduation. If you plan to participate in the May ceremonies you must apply by April 1 in order to receive tickets to the SSW event.
July graduates may participate in both the SSW Convocation and UMB Commencement ceremonies. July graduates ARE listed in the SSW Convocation program but are NOT listed in the UMB Commencement program as you will not receive your diploma until after you complete your studies in July.
UMB diplomas will be presented to May graduates at the UMB-wide Commencement.
Diplomas may be picked-up in the UMB Office of the Registrar located at 601 West Lombard Street (HS/HSL Second Floor) after May 20. All remaining diplomas will be mailed in early June.
Diplomas for July (Summer) graduates are mailed in late August.
Students picking up tickets should have already filed an Application for Diploma as these forms are used to compile the List of Graduates.
Students should bring their ID card or some form of picture ID to obtain their (4) allotted tickets. All guests must have a ticket in his or her possession to be admitted to the Convocation Ceremony. Graduates do not need a ticket for themselves. If extra tickets are available, a plan for distribution will be announced in the Daily Bulletin by May 9th.
We encourage using our Facebook page for those seeking extra tickets.
Tickets will be distributed by the Office of Student Services in Room 2W14 during the following times:
- Monday April11th 9-6
- Tuesday April 12th 9-6
- Wednesday April 13th 9-6
- Thursday April 14th 9-6
- Friday April 15th 9-5
- Monday April 18th 9-6
- Tuesday April 19th 9-6
- Wednesday April 20th 9-6
- Thursday April 21st 9-6
- Friday April 22nd 9-5
Please note that tickets are not necessary for the afternoon campus ceremony at the Baltimore Arena.
If you have marked your name, major, attendance or degree as Confidential on the Directory Options in SURFS, your name will not appear in any campus Commencement publications. If that’s not what you want, you need to change the settings before April 30.
We can’t verify your attendance or graduation for future employers without your written consent if your name, major, attendance or degree are marked confidential.
To change confidentiality settings for directory information, logon to Surfs http://www.simsweb.umaryland.edu/ and go to the Personal Information menu and click on Update Directory Options
The 2016 Grad Fair will be February 15th and 16th from 11:00am-6:00pm in the 1st floor lobby outside of the Seven Scholars University Store in the SMC Campus Center.
After the Grad Fair, Oak Hall will open their website for online ordering March 1st. This website is for any student who did not purchase their regalia at the Grad Fair; the web address is www.oakhalli.com/umaryland
Hood Only $37
Gown Only $41
Cap Only $6
Tam/Gown/Tassel $119 (PhD)
Hood Only $48
Gown Only $48
Tam Only $64
Traditional academic regalia (cap, gown, tassel and robe/hood) is required. Graduates are required to drape their hood across their right arm when proceeding into the ceremony hall and when crossing the stage. Once on stage, a faculty member places the hood on the graduate then the graduate is honored by Dean Barth. Full academic regalia is also worn at the UMB Commencement.