Saturday, May 12, 2018
Time & Place
The ceremony begins at 10:00 a.m. sharp on the Townhouse Green. All graduates will assemble at the Recreation Courts no later than 9:15 a.m. Please be sure to wear caps and gowns.
Caps & Gowns
All students, regardless of their major, wear the same graduation regalia (cap, gown, hood, & black tassel). Regalia orders should be placed at https://buildagrad.com/smcm if ordered by April 2, 2018. Payment information is not required at the time these orders are placed and students pick up and pay for regalia May 8 -12 at the Campus Store. Those students who only need part of the outfit, should still place an order and there is an option to indicate that only part of the outfit is needed. Those students who place orders after April 2, or those students who need to have their regalia shipped, should order and pay for regalia by visiting www.smcmbooks.com and clicking on the Graduation Information link. The cost for the complete outfit will be $48.95 if ordered by April 2, and $58.95 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 $14.50 for a set of 5, can be ordered at www.balfour.com or by calling 1-877-225-3687.
Friday, April 20, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. in Glendening Annex. 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 email@example.com.
Friday, April 27, 3:00-4:00 p.m. in the MPOARC Arena. The annual presentation of academic awards to students from all class years. Students who will receive academic awards will be notified in advance and their participation in the event requested. Family and friends of these students are welcome to attend and and no advance reservations are required. There is a reception with light refreshments following the awards presentation.
Wednesday, May 9, 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the waterfront. Relax with your friends at the waterfront (weather permitting).
Senior Gala Tickets Required »
Thursday, May 10, 6:00 – 11:00 p.m. at the Campus Center. Cost: $40 (includes 4 tickets for alcoholic beverages) or $30 (includes unlimited non-alcoholic beverages) per person. Tickets must be purchased by May 4. Bring your fancy attire and enjoy beverages and hors d’oeuvres on the patio (weather permitting), dinner and dancing in a beautifully decorated Great Room, and making memories with your friends.
Friday, May 11 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.
Friday, May 11, 8:30 p.m. on the Townhouse Green. Senior Convocation is the final assembly of the graduating class prior to the conferral of degrees at Commencement on Saturday. Members of the senior class plan the program for Convocation including the selection of a faculty member who offers closing thoughts to the class.
Ceremony Tickets & Seating:
Saturday, May 12, 10:00 a.m. on the Townhouse Green. No tickets are necessary for the Commencement ceremony. Seating is first-come, first-served. SEATING: Although the area will be tented, some seating is in an open area in full sun. Guess 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. No seats may be held for guests without someone being physically present to hold them.
Commencement is a time to celebrate your accomplishments here at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and it should be a celebration treated with the respect it deserves. Commencement 2018 will be an alcohol-free ceremony. Staff will monitor the attendees for alcohol possession.
Friday, May 11, 5:00 p.m. held in the Great Room. Cost: $20/person. A special dinner will be offered for graduates and their families.
Friday, May 11, 8:30 p.m. held on the Townhouse Green. Free.
Saturday, May 12, Campus Center Great Room 7:30 – 9:00 a.m. Cost: $10/person. A full breakfast will be offered for graduates and their families. Tickets for the dinner and breakfast should be purchased in advance (deadline: May 4). Graduating seniors must also have a ticket.
Families are encouraged to make hotel arrangements as early as possible. The following hotels have set aside rooms to accommodate SMCM families.
- Hampton Inn Lexington Park – $89/night (∼ 8 miles) 22211 Three Notch Rd., Lexington Park, MD 20653; 301-863-3200. A block of rooms has been set aside for Commencement weekend.
- Fairfield Inn by Marriott – $129/night (∼ 8 miles) 22119 Three Notch Rd., Lexington Park, MD 20653; 301-863-0203. A block of rooms has been set aside for Commencement weekend.Reserve by April 11. Click here to make a reservation.
- Home2Suites by Hilton – $129/night (∼ 8 miles) 46058 Valley Dr., Lexington Park, MD 20653; 301-866-1416. A block of rooms has been set aside for Commencement weekend. Reserve by April 20. Click here to make a reservation.
- Country Inn & Suites – $89/night (∼ 11 miles) 44941 Worth Ln, California, MD 20619; 301-737-5227.
A group photo of the graduates will be taken at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday, May 12 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 CUSTOMERSERVICE@CLASSIC-PHOTO.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.
Reserved seating for guests with disabilities is available. Seating must be reserved in advance and due to high demand seating is only available for the disabled individual and one additional person. Sign language interpreters will be provided for the deaf/and hard-of-hearing. Contact the Events & Conferences Office at 240-895-4310 for reserved seating and questions about access to this event.
Graduating seniors living off-campus who would like to be on campus for Senior Week may OFF-CAMPUS: make arrangements to stay in the residence halls by calling the Office of Residence Life 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 12, 2018.
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 April 5 to register your preference and to check the spelling and pronunciation of your name.
St. Mary’s College has a strict requirement for participation in the graduation ceremony. In order REMINDERS: to walk in the ceremony, you must be within four (4) credits of the graduation requirement, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0, and an action plan for completion of the remaining credits must be filed in the Office of the Registrar. A notation will be placed in the Commencement program indicating that there are credits left to be fulfilled. 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. REMINDERS: Your diploma will not be mailed to you nor will a transcript be issued until your account is cleared. For information, call 240-895-4315. Students receiving financial aid should call that office, 240-895-3000, before Commencement.
Convocation Traffic & Parking
In order to expedite traffic for Convocation, traffic along College Drive will be one way from TRAFFIC & from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. (going from Mattapany toward Route 5) on Friday, May 11, and parking PARKING: along that road will be prohibited from 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. 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 & Parking
College Drive will be closed until Commencement is over, then traffic 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 2017 & Fall 2017 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.