Commencement Checklist

Winter Commencement Checklist



  • Fall candidates: Apply for graduation before the deadline
  • Watch for the e-mail invitation to RSVP for a ceremony
  • Save your RSVP confirmation e-mail
  • After you RSVP, order your cap and gown and claim e-tickets for your guests
  • Request an embassy letter (via MyUMGC) for overseas relatives
  • Purchase and mail graduation announcements (optional)


  • Local graduates: Attend the commencement fair
  • Record your name pronunciation online (we will e-mail instructions)
  • Watch for your name reader card via the U.S. mail
  • Watch for your honor cord via the U.S. mail if you are an undergrad receiving academic honors
  • Consider purchasing a class ring, diploma frame, and UMGC GEAR
  • Review your preparations (RSVP, cap and gown, e-tickets, travel plans)


  • Watch for the 2019 Commencement Guide e-mail with detailed instructions
  • Contact the Commencement Services Office with any questions
  • Attend the fair during commencement week for last-minute items
  • Participate in your ceremony—and celebrate!