Commencement Checklist

Spring Commencement Checklist



  • Winter 2020 and spring candidates: Apply for graduation before the deadline
  • Watch for the email invitation to RSVP for a ceremony
  • Save your RSVP confirmation email
  • 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)



  • Record your name pronunciation online (we will email 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 2020 Commencement Guide email 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!