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Ceremony Program Order:

  • Academic Procession
  • Invocation
  • Presentation of Honorary Degree
  • Commencement Address
  • Presentation of President's Medals
  • Presentation of Mullan Distinguished Teacher Award
  • Commencement Address
  • Presentation of Candidates for Degrees
  • Conferral of Degrees
  • Investiture in Academic Hood
  • Bestowal of Degrees
  • Student Response
  • Presidential Closing Remarks
  • Benediction
  • Alma Mater
  • Recessional

General Information

The 2017 Commencement Ceremony will be held at the Royal Farms Arena, formerly Baltimore Arena (201 W. Baltimore Street) on Saturday, May 22. Doors to the arena will open at 6 p.m. and the processional will begin at 7 p.m. The Commencement program begins promptly with the procession and should end around 9 p.m. 

Tickets for Commencement are not required; however, graduates must submit RSVPs for both themselves and their guests by May 1st at the latest. RSVP link will be available January 1st.

Graduates and their families and friends are encouraged to leave ample time to arrive at the arena. The University strongly suggests that out-of-town guests stay at hotels in close proximity to Royal Farms Arena to avoid traffic and parking delays.

Royal Farms Arena has increased all security measures. All parcels entering the building will be searched including purses, lunch bags, backpacks, briefcases, camera bags, et cetera. Please cooperate with all requests for inspection. Visitors exiting the building will not be allowed re-entry.

We will provide a video of the Commencement Exercises for those unable to attend the ceremony following the ceremony. The link to the video will be available at www.ndm.edu/commencement.

Helium or Mylar balloons and air horns are not allowed in the Royal Farms Arena.

For your convenience, a flower vendor will be on site in the Royal Farms Arena. You can pre-order your flowers to pick up prior to the ceremony.

Personal Belongings

Graduates should refrain from bringing personal belongings (purses, cell phones or other electronic devices) to Commencement. There is no secure location to store these items, and they should not be carried into the ceremony. Neither the University nor Royal Farms Arena will be responsible for lost personal items.

Hotel Information

View the Hotel Information page for more information regarding accommodations.

Parking Information

Parking is available for Commencement on city streets and in paid parking garages located near the Arena. For more information, please go to the PARKING INFORMATION PAGE.

Disability Support Information

Persons who require disability support for the Commencement Ceremony should view the Disability Support Information page.

Apparel Information

Caps, gowns, and other academic apparel should be purchased well in advance of the Commencement Ceremony at the Commencement Extravaganza in March 2017 or online at www.herffjones.com/college/graduation. Information will be sent out in February. Learn more about academic regalia.

Commencement Photography

During the Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, GradImages photographers will be available to take pictures of the graduates as they receive congratulations from the University's President. Proofs and information related to ordering Commencement photographs will be sent directly to each graduate approximately 2-4 weeks after graduation.

For more information, visit the Grad Images website.

Please note: Guests may take their own photographs and videos at any of the Commencement events, but should be careful not to interfere with the ceremonies themselves or the professional photographers. Guests will not be permitted to approach the stage.

Graduating students will have the opportunity to have a professional portrait taken by GradImages at this year's Commencement Extravaganza. No appointment necessary! Caps and gowns provided.

Bookstore Information

The Notre Dame of Maryland University Bookstore will remain open during Commencement Weekend Events and will also be present on site at Royal Farms Arena prior to the Commencement ceremony for graduating students only.