Convocation 2024 will be at 1pm on Friday, May 17, 2024, at the Lyric Opera House. The ceremony will be approximately 2 hours long. 

We are excited to celebrate our graduates!  

UMB Commencement Ceremony

In 2024, there will be one formal ceremony for each school rather than a university-wide commencement. Please enjoy being with your social work peers and community as we celebrate on May 17. 

In addition to the formal SSW ceremony, UMB will host a university-wide informal celebration for graduates and their families on Wednesday, May 15, 2024 from 4-6pm on the UMB campus. 

Do I need to register for Convocation?

No, graduating studens do not need to register for the SSW Convocation Ceremony. We have internal behind-the-scenes processes that allow us to be prepared for every graduating student to participate in the ceremony (although participation is not required). See you there! 

Disability Accommodation Request for Convocation

Accommodation requests can be requested using this link: Please submit requests no later than May 3, 2024

Applying for Diploma


Deadline to file an Application for Diploma is February 23, 2024.


Deadline to file an Application for Diploma is June 21, 2024.

Filing a Graduation Application is mandatory, please so here.

For questions regarding the process, please contact:

Office of the Registrar

601 W. Lombard Street, Suite 240

Baltimore, MD 21201


410-706-4053 (fax)

Ordering Regalia

There are two options for purchasing regalia: Online OR In-Person at the UMB Bookstore Grad Fair 

1. Order online:

  • Students can purchase regalia through Oak Hall
  • Orders must be placed online by April 5, 2024, to guarantee delivery. Online ordering will close after this date, and please note that the school store will not carry any regalia for purchase.
  • There is a $15.95 shipping charge for home delivery.

2. UMB Bookstore Grad Fair

  • Dates: Feb. 26-29, 2024
  • Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Complete outfit (cap w/tassel, gown, hood): $120.96
Hood only: $48.98
Cap only: $10.98
Tassel only: $8.98

PhD complete outfit (tam w/tassel, gown, hood received separately): $145.96
All other doctoral degrees (tam w/tassel, gown, hood): $195.94
Hood only: $62.98
Tam only: $75.98
Tassel only: $8.98

For more information, please visit the bookstore at or email the store directly at

UMB Diplomas

Details about how diplomas will be distributed will be announced in Spring 2024. 


Graduates and their guests do not need tickets for graduation. If you have a large party, please encourage them to arrive early so that they may be seated together. 

The event will also be livestreamed: Link to be provided in May 2024


The closest parking lot to the Lyric is the Fitzgerald Garage. This garage may be busy with other events on graduation day, so please plan to arrive early if you plan to park there. 

Alternatively, guests may use SpotHero to reserve a spot in another garage. 

The Lyric is also close to public transportation, including the Light Rail. 

IMPORTANT: Confidentiality Rules

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 and go to the Personal Information menu and click on Update Directory Options

Phonetic Name Submission

If your name is sometimes mispronounced, please consider submitting an audio file so that we can practice ahead of time.

Exemplary Student Award Nominations

Each year, the UMB School of Social Work honors three students for outstanding achievement within the school and community; 1 each for Clinical, Macro and Field Practice.  Students may be nominated by faculty, staff, students and/or field instructors.

Please use the guidelines below and provide a summary of why you feel the nominated student is deserving of the award. 

  • Nominee must be graduating in December 2023, May 2024 or July 2024
  • Nominee has:

    • Demonstrated exemplary leadership
    • Been involved in volunteer activities that have motivated and inspired others
    • Been a success in advocating for others or organizations
    • Made a significant contribution to an organization or agency
    • Made a significant contribution to various client populations
    • Shown commitment to social change and action

Learn more about the Exemplary Student Award and Nominate a Student 

Tips for a Great Convocation

Coming in Spring 2024

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