Virtual Stateside Spring Commencement!

Watch live on May 15 at noon ET.
Stay tuned . . .

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Dear UMGC Graduates and Candidates,

Virtual Stateside Spring Commencement will premiere on Saturday, May 15, 2021, with a special live program beginning at noon eastern time and running for approximately 25 minutes. Other elements of virtual commencement may be viewed at your convenience, and the short program will be available for on-demand viewing if you miss the live broadcast. No registration is required. We will email you the access link a few days in advance.

Virtual commencement will feature a keynote address, the conferral of degrees by UMGC President Gregory W. Fowler, greetings from your student speaker, a performance of the Alma Mater by a fellow graduate, remarks from academic leadership, and video tributes from faculty and staff. Graduates' names will appear in a multimedia gallery and can be viewed individually or as part of an on-demand video in which names will be announced alphabetically.

Interested in having a virtual watch party during the live broadcast? Use platforms such as Zoom, Skype, Google Hangouts, or Microsoft Teams to celebrate with your family and friends. (Click here for some cool UMGC-themed virtual backgrounds!)

Join the social media conversation about virtual commencement anytime using #UMGCGrad. You and your guests may also add a post to our public message board at

If you would like a commencement keepsake, you are welcome to purchase official UMGC graduation products (such as a class ring) at

Watch for more information in the coming months. We look forward to celebrating with you! Contact Commencement Services if you have any questions. We are available to help Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. eastern time. You may also contact us by email at


The Commencement Services Team