Commencement Fair

Are you a local graduate? The commencement fairs will help you prepare for your big day, all in one stop. In one visit, you can

  • Get fitted for your cap and gown and place your order
  • Order your class ring, announcements, and a diploma frame
  • Meet with UMGC's Career Services staff
  • Talk with representatives from your UMGC Alumni Association
  • Chat with a graduate academic advisor
  • Participate in the commencement fair raffle*

(*Eligibility rules apply)

Staff from Commencement Services will also be on hand to discuss all of your commencement needs and answer any related questions. 

Location, Dates, and Times

We will hold two commencement fairs: one in March and the second during commencement week in May. Both fairs will be held at the Academic Center at Largo Auditorium, 1616 McCormick Drive, Largo, Maryland. Get directions.

Here are the dates and times:

in March

  • Saturday, March 21, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. (Family Day)

and in May

  • Thursday, May 14, Noon–6 p.m.
  • Friday, May 15, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

No appointments required—just walk in. If you cannot attend in person, you can access these same services online; the commencement registration process will tell you how.

What to Know Before You Go


There is plenty of free parking in the lot behind the Academic Center at Largo. Follow the signs around back and park near the student entrance.


Our commencement photographer will be on hand to capture your formal portrait wearing a sample cap and gown. The photographer will contact you afterward with proofs so that you may purchase photo packages if you'd like.

And don't worry if you can't make it to the fair: Our photographer will take several nice shots of you during your actual ceremony, such as the moment you shake hands onstage with President Miyares. These photos will also be available for purchase after your ceremony.

Family Day

Commencement Family DaySaturday, March 21, is Family Day. Bring the kids! We will have light refreshments and fun activities for the little ones while you browse and enjoy the fair.