Time & Place
The ceremony begins at 10:00 a.m. sharp on the Townhouse Green. All graduates will assemble at the Recreation Courts no later than 9:15 a.m. Please be sure to wear caps and gowns.
Ceremony Tickets & Seating:
Saturday, May 12, 10:00 a.m. on the Townhouse Green. No tickets are necessary for the Commencement ceremony. Seating is first-come, first-served. SEATING: Although the area will be tented, some seating is in an open area in full sun. Guess should be prepared with hats, sunscreen, and other protective measures. Please bring rain gear if the weather is threatening. The event is held outside, rain or shine. No seats may be held for guests without someone being physically present to hold them.
Commencement is a time to celebrate your accomplishments here at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and it should be a celebration treated with the respect it deserves. Commencement 2018 will be an alcohol-free ceremony. Staff will monitor the attendees for alcohol possession.
Commencement Traffic & Parking
College Drive will be closed until Commencement is over, then traffic will be one way until 4:00 p.m. (going from Mattapany toward Route 5). Families and guests may park in any available lot.
A group photo of the graduates will be taken at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday, May 12 at the recreation courts. Graduates must be in cap and gown to be in the pictures. Late arrivals will not be included. An 8×10” copy of this photo will be mailed by the photography vendor to each graduate as a gift from the College. Individual photos of each person receiving a diploma will be taken by a professional photographer. One proof of that photo will be sent to each graduate at no charge. Additional prints will be available for purchase from the photographer. QUESTIONS REGARDING PROFESSIONAL PHOTOS SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO CLASSIC PHOTOGRAPHY AT 410-203-1003 OR CUSTOMERSERVICE@CLASSIC-PHOTO.COM. Personal photography by family members and friends is allowed from behind the ropes. Family members are urged to cooperate with Commencement officials by limiting their photography to ensure that all who wish to take photos have the opportunity.
Reserved seating for guests with disabilities is available. Seating must be reserved in advance and due to high demand seating is only available for the disabled individual and one additional person. Sign language interpreters will be provided for the deaf/and hard-of-hearing. Contact the Events & Conferences Office at 240-895-4310 for reserved seating and questions about access to this event.