Winter 2014 Commencement Ceremonies

commencement09_2HRWe warmly encourage faculty and staff to participate in UMBC’s winter 2014 Commencement Ceremonies. As you know, these events mean a great deal to our students and their parents and guests. I hope you will make a special effort to share in their celebration.

  • Graduate Commencement will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, December 17 in the RAC
  • Undergraduate Commencement will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, December 18 in the RAC

ORDERING REGALIA: As in the past, UMBC will subsidize the rental of academic regalia for faculty, and administrative and associate staff. The deadline has passed for ordering regalia without a late fee, but it may still be ordered with payment of $25. Please note that it will not be possible to order regalia after December 6. Regalia will be ready for pick-up in the Bookstore beginning December 8 through December 12. (Regalia will not be available for pick-up at the RAC.) Please use the online Commencement RSVP form 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 that you intend to march in the Commencement procession, so that appropriate seating arrangements can be made. Please give your RSVP on the website response form for Commencement by December 8, 2014.

Thank you for your support of UMBC’s Commencement Ceremonies and graduates.

Winter Commencement Volunteers Needed

commencement09_2HRIt’s time for Winter Commencement and we need your help!

Planning is underway for the upcoming 2014 Winter Commencement Ceremonies and we are looking for volunteers to help with different parts of the ceremony. Be sure to sign up as soon as possible so you have the best opportunity to select your choice job.

Please visit the online sign-up form to see what roles to see which roles are available and make your selection. You will receive a confirmation e-mail after you submit your selection. NOTE: fewer number of volunteers are needed for the graduate ceremony.

As a reminder, the dates for the ceremonies are:

Graduate Commencement
Wednesday, December 17 – 10 a.m.
Retriever Activities Center

Undergraduate Commencement
Thursday, December 18 – processional begins at 9:40 a.m.
Retriever Activities Center

Volunteer training for both ceremonies is scheduled for Tuesday, December 16 in the RAC. Undergraduate training will be at 1 p.m. followed by the Grad School training at 2 p.m.

If you have any questions, please contact Erin Johnson, ejohnso@umbc.edu.

Winter 2014 Commencement Ceremonies

From: Philip Rous, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

It is my pleasure to invite you to participate in UMBC’s winter 2014 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 Wednesday, December 17 in the RAC
  • Undergraduate Commencement will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, December 18 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: There is a single web-based response form for faculty and staff to respond –whether you rent, purchase, or already own your regalia. 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 26, 2014. 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 6. 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 8 through December 12. (Regalia will not be available for pick-up at the RAC.) 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 the Commencement procession, so that appropriate seating arrangements can be made. Please give your RSVP on the website response form for Commencement by December 8, 2014. http://my.umbc.edu/go/commencementform

Volunteers Needed for Spring Commencement Ceremonies (5/22 & 5/23)

It’s the time of the year when we ask for your help with May Commencements!  This year, the Undergraduate ceremony at the 1st Mariner Arena will be held on Thursday, May 23.

To volunteer, click on the link  umbc.edu/go/commencementvolunteer, select “Undergraduate Ceremony” and register.  You will see a brief description of the jobs available and the number of staff needed. If you prefer a particular job, sign up now before they are filled. You will receive a confirmation e-mail after you submit your selection.

Volunteer training will take place on Tuesday, May 21 at 2 pm in the RAC.Transportation will be provided to the Arena on the day of commencement with the bus leaving Administration Drive at 9:30 a.m. and returning 30 minutes after the ceremony.

Volunteers are also needed to help with the Graduate School Ceremony scheduled for Wednesday, May 22 at 10:00 am in the RAC.  You may use the same link as above and just select “Graduate Ceremony”.

If you have questions regarding the Undergraduate ceremony, contact Erin Johnson at ejohnso@umbc.edu or ext. 5-5897.  For questions regarding the Graduate School ceremony, contact Lisa Portis Morgan at limorgan@umbc.edu or ext. 5-8142.

To celebrate your efforts, we will once again host a Commencement Volunteer Thank You in January for those of you who assist with the May and/or December ceremony.  Look for further information in the late Fall.

Seeking Commencement Volunteers for 12/20 and 12/21

UPDATE (12/17): If you would still like to volunteer for Undergraduate Commencement (Friday, December 21), please contact Erin Johnson at ejohnso@umbc.edu. For Graduate Commencement (Thursday, December 20), please contact Lisa Morgan at limorgan@umbc.edu.

UMBC is seeking staff members to assist with both Graduate Commencement (Thursday, December 20) and Undergraduate Commencement (Friday, December 21). Many volunteers are needed to ensure that the ceremonies run smoothly. Roles are first-come-first served and volunteers can select from several different options, such as helping with the faculty/staff line-up, student line-up, serving as a greeter or usher, and assisting guests with special needs.

Help make winter commencement a day to remember for UMBC grads.

UMBC Commencement 2009 (photo by Jim Lord)

Matt Courson ’11, Political Science, on CBS Baltimore

After an ATV accident in 2006, Matt Courson was paralyzed from the waist down and given a 1% chance of walking again. Thanks to aggressive physical therapy at the Kennedy Krieger Institute’s International Center for Spinal Cord Injury, he was able to walk across the stage to receive his UMBC diploma just five years later—a moment captured by the Baltimore Sun and featured on CNN’s “Human Factor.”

Courson attended a celebration marking the 75th anniversary of the Kennedy Krieger Institute this week. He told CBS News, “This place has done so much for me, the therapists, the doctors…they are family to me and I definitely hold a special place for Kennedy Krieger in my heart.”