Graduation & Commencement

Spring 2018 Commencement

All Spring 2018 graduates, in addition to all Fall 2017 graduates, are encouraged to participate in the iSchool's commencement ceremony on Monday, May 21 from 4:00-6:00pm, which will be in the Dekelboum Concert Hall in the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. If you plan to attend, please fill out our RSVP form here

Spring 2018 graduates are also welcome to participate in the university-wide commencement ceremony the afternoon of Sunday, May 20 at 1:00 in the XFINITY Center. 

Master's students who are feasibly able to complete their degree requirements over the Summer 2018 term may also be eligible to participate in the Spring 2018 ceremony. Please contact to discuss this with Student Services. 

Apply to Graduate

The deadline to apply for Spring 2018 graduation has passed.

All master's-level graduating students must apply to graduate from the university by the above deadline and must submit paperwork to the Office of Graduate Student Services for review and for submission to the Office of the Registrar. All students must register for Spring 2018 coursework.

The university requires that students must be registered in the semester in which they intend to graduate. For example, if you finish coursework in Spring 2018, but never apply to graduate, you must register for a course in the following term and pay all associated tuition and fees, and then apply to graduate in that term. If you have questions, schedule an appointment with your advisor.

All graduates are welcome and encouraged to participate in both university-wide and college-specific commencement ceremonies. Information about the university commencement can be found here


All university coursework requirements must be completed by the time of graduation. Your student account must be cleared with the university before your diploma will be mailed. This includes any outstanding Health Center charges, parking fines, library fines, tuition fees, etc. Check with the Office of the Bursar at 301.314.9000 to be sure that you have financial clearance.

Graduation Checklist

  • Apply for graduation. (The deadline to apply for Spring 2018 graduation is February 6, 2018.)
  • Settle your student financial account
  • Meet all university and program requirements. If you have questions about this, schedule an appointment with your advisor.
  • Update your address and email address on Testudo
  • Purchase your regalia from the University Book Center
  • Get involved with the iSchool Alumni Association
  • School Library Students must also fill out this Graduation Checklist and submit it to the Student Services Office.

Other Commencement Information

Ticketing & Seating

Due to space restrictions, graduates may only bring up to four guests, and will be notified in early May about how to pick up their tickets and any potential extra seating availability. Seating for the iSchool ceremony cannot be reserved and is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please be aware that all guests will be subject to a security check upon entry to the venue. 

Parking & Shuttles

With the exception of fire lanes and handicapped-accessible parking locations, all campus parking is free on the days of commencement. The closest lots to both the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center and the Riggs Alumni Center are Lot 1 (including 1b and 1d) and Lot Z. These lots can be located on B8 on the campus parking map. If you need handicapped parking, please contact the Department of Transportation Services (DOTS) at or 301-314-PARK. The campus also provides free accessible shuttle buses for graduates and their guests, which will be in operation throughout the weekend of commencement.


Graduates will receive a certificate at commencement and will receive their diplomas through the mail roughly six weeks after commencement. Please note that diplomas will not be mailed out if a student has any incomplete or failing grades in courses required for their degree. Contact or 301-314-8270 for more information.


Full regalia must be worn at the University Commencement and can be purchased at the University Bookstore in the Stamp Student Union. All graduates participating in the iSchool commencement ceremony are strongly encouraged to wear full regalia. Graduates may purchase regalia packages at the University Book Center's Grad Fair on March 6-8. The undergraduate package will cost $138.98 and the graduate degree package will cost $149.98. If regalia is purchased after March 8th, pricing will be $149.98 for undergraduate packages and $159.98 for graduate pacakges. Doctoral students may rent or buy their regalia. If you choose to rent your regalia, it must be picked up from the book center. The cost to rent doctoral regalia is $220.98 and the cost to purchase doctoral regalia is $1,034.98. Regalia cannot be purchased online. For any further questions about reglia, please email Michelle Foster at

Special Accommodations

If you or someone in your party would like to request special accommodations, please notify Jeff Waters at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center is equipped with handicapped-accessible seating and ramps, and there is access for cars to get close to the front doors of the venue to drop off guests with difficulty walking long distances.