From Philip Rous, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
It is my pleasure to invite you to participate in UMBC’s winter 2012 Commencement Ceremonies. We will have two ceremonies this December in the Retriever Activities Center (RAC).
- Graduate Commencement will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, December 20 in the RAC
- Undergraduate Commencement will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, December 21 in the RAC
These commencement ceremonies are important events in the life of our scholarly community where we come together to celebrate the accomplishments of our students and recognize the outstanding commitment of our faculty and staff to their success. These events mean a great deal to our graduating students, their parents and guests. I hope you will make a special effort to attend these events, to share this special time with our students and join in our community’s celebration of academic achievement.
RSVP PROCESS: We have a streamlined process for faculty and staff to order regalia and to notify the staff that you intend to walk in theCommencement procession– whether you rent, purchase, or already own your regalia. There is a single web-based response form for faculty and staff to respond, and, if desired, order regalia, all at one time. The address is http://my.umbc.edu/go/commencementform
ORDERING REGALIA: As in the past, UMBC will subsidize the rental of academic regalia for faculty, and administrative and associate staff. Please order your regalia by October 29, 2012. After that date, you will be asked to pay a late charge of $25. Please note that it will not be possible to order regalia after December 10. Even if there is only a slight chance that you will attend Commencement, you should order regalia. It is easier for the Bookstore to return unused gowns and hoods then it is to place a late order and not get delivery on time. Regalia will be ready for pick-up in the Bookstore beginning December 10 through December 17. Please use the online Commencement RSVP form at
http://my.umbc.edu/go/commencementform to place your order. If you have any questions, please call Gail Dupree at the Bookstore, x 53807.
RSVP FOR MARCHING IN THE PROCESSION: Even if you do not order regalia, we need to know whether you intend to march in theCommencement procession, so that appropriate seating arrangements can be made. Please give your RSVP on the website response form for Commencement by December 10, 2012.