Saturday, May 13, 2017
The ceremony begins at 10:00 a.m. sharp on Townhouse Green. All graduates should assemble at the recreation courts no later than 9:15 a.m. Please be sure to wear caps and gowns.
Cap and Gowns
Cap and gown orders will be taken at Grad Fair on Thursday, March 23, at the Michael P. O’Brien Athletics and Recreation Center from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m., and on March 24 at the Campus Store. Students may pick up and pay for regalia May 10 – 13 at the Campus Store. Payment information is not required at the time these orders are placed. December graduates and those who are not on campus for the spring semester may order and pay for regalia by going to www.smcmbooks.com and clicking on the Graduation Information link. The cost for academic regalia will be $46.95 if ordered by March 23 and $56.95 after that date. Please contact the Campus Store at 240-895-4420 if you have questions about your cap and gown order.
Personalized graduation announcements, starting at $37.50 for a set of 15, can be ordered at www.balfour.com or by calling 1-877-225-3687.
Friday, April 21th, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m, in Daugherty-Palmer Commons.
Hosted by LGBTQ Student Services, it is a special ceremony that honors the achievements of graduating gender and sexual minority students and distinguished allies. Recognized students will receive a rainbow tassel and a reception will follow the ceremony. Students and family members can RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tickets and Seating
No tickets are necessary for the ceremony. Seating is first-come, first-served.
Although the area will be tented, some seating is in an open area in full sun. Guests should be prepared with hats, sunscreen, and other protective measures. Please bring rain gear if the weather is threatening. The event is held outside, rain or shine.
Commencement is a time to celebrate your accomplishments here at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, however it should also be a celebration treated with the respect it deserves. Commencement 2017 will be an alcohol-free ceremony. Staff will monitor the attendees for alcohol possession.
Family Night Picnic: Friday, May 12th, 5:00 p.m.
A family picnic will be held at the Waterfront (rain location, Campus Center Great Room).
Senior Convocation: Friday, May 12th, 8:30 p.m.
Senior Convocation will be held on Townhouse Green.
Breakfast: Saturday, May 13th, Campus Center Great Room 7:30 – 9:00 a.m.
A full breakfast will be offered for graduates and their families. Tickets for the picnic and breakfast must be purchased in advanced. Graduating seniors must also have a ticket.
A group photo of the graduates will be taken at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday, May 13th at the recreation courts. Graduates must be in cap and gown to be in the pictures. Late arrivals will not be included. An 8×10” copy of this photo will be mailed by the photography vendor to each graduate as a gift from the College. Individual photos of each person receiving a diploma will be taken by a professional photographer. One proof of that photo will be sent to each graduate at no charge. Additional prints will be available for purchase from the photographer. Questions regarding professional photos should be directed to Classic Photography at 410-203-1003 or email@example.com.
Personal photography by family members and friends is allowed from behind the ropes. Family members are urged to cooperate with Commencement officials by limiting their photography to ensure that all who wish to take photos have the opportunity.
Specific information about special requirements is in the mailing to families. Sign language interpreters will be provided for the deaf/hard-of-hearing. Questions should be directed to the Events & Conferences Office at 240-895-4310.
Graduating seniors living off-campus who would like to be on campus for Senior Week may make arrangements to stay in the residence halls by calling the Residence Life Office at 240-895-4207 no later than May 1. These arrangements DO NOT include a meal plan; seniors not on the meal plan must pay for individual meals.
Seniors living on campus must check out of residence halls and suites by 3:00 p.m. and out of apartments and townhouses by 5:00 p.m. on May 13, 2017.
Graduation rehearsal is Friday, May 12th at 11:00 a.m. Meet at the recreation courts in the Michael P. O’Brien Athletics and Recreation Center. The rehearsal takes about an hour and will provide useful information and serve as a practice for the next day. If you absolutely cannot attend the rehearsal, contact the Office of the Registrar, 240-895-4336 to report your absence.
The St. Mary’s tradition is to have students receive their diplomas by major. If you have a double major, you must choose the major with which you wish to walk. If you have a double major in both a BA and BS degrees and you have chosen to receive a BS, then you will be required to walk with the major associated with your BS degree. Go to the Office of the Registrar’s table during Grad Fair on March 23 to register your preference and to check the spelling of your name.
St. Mary’s College has the strictest requirement for participation in the graduation ceremony. You must be completely finished with no incompletes and no “just need one more course this summer.” If you are in any danger of not meeting this requirement, call the Office of the Registrar at 240-895-4336.
Check with the Business Office to be sure your financial obligations to the College are covered. No transcript will be issued until your account is cleared. For information, call 240-895-4315 or 240-895-3000. Students receiving financial aid should call that office, 240-895-4300, before Commencement.
Convocation Traffic and Parking
In order to expedite traffic for Convocation, parking along College Drive will be prohibited from 5:00 -10:00 p.m. on Friday, May 12th. College Drive will be one way from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. (going from Mattapany toward Route 5). Family and guests will park in Lots R, S, T, V, and Z. Once these lots are full, drivers will be directed to other designated parking areas. Elderly and/or disabled guests should park in the designated area of Lot R and golf carts will be available to transport them to the seating area.
Commencement Traffic and Parking
College Drive will be closed until Commencement is over, then it will be one way until 4:00 p.m. (going from Mattapany toward Route 5). Families and guests may park in any available lot.
Summer 2016 and Fall 2016 Grads
If you are planning on walking during Commencement, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and include your student ID, full name, and major.