Congratulations! It's your time to shine.


All students must complete the graduation application by the deadline on the academic calendar to graduate.

To complete the form:

  • log on to SIMS
  • click on Student Services and Financial Aid, Student Records, and then Application for Diploma

MS, Post-Master's, and Certificate must complete additional paperwork:

Interactive forms may not work for Mac users or those with older computers. For best results, please use the most recent version of Adobe Reader. If an interactive form will not work for you, please print and complete the form, scan it, and send it to your advisor


What is stringing?

Stringing is an UMSON tradition in which graduating BSN and CNL students decorate their uniform tops. Tops are then displayed and voted on by staff, faculty, and other students for creativity. Uniforms are "strung" as part of graduation activities.

What is December Graduation?

December Graduation is a commencement ceremony for all summer and fall graduates. Each location (Universities at Shady Grove and Baltimore) hosts separate events for their students. At the event:

  • each graduate's name is called, along with any awards and honors, as they walk across the stage
  • undergraduate and Clinical Nurse leader students are pinned
  • doctoral students are hooded
  • diplomas are not distributed

Summer and fall graduates are also invited to participate in University of Maryland, Baltimore's Commencement in the spring, but they do not participate in UMSON's spring graduation.

Is academic regalia required? How do I order it?

Yes! All students must purchase a cap and gown through Oak Hall, as well as the following:


Academic Regalia

Purchase Instructions


Bachelor’s cap, gown, tassel and red stole with UMB logo

order online with Oak Hall
read the instructions carefully to determine your delivery option


Master’s cap, gown, hood and red stole with UMB logo

order online with Oak Hall
read the instructions carefully to determine your delivery option

MS (except CNL)

Master’s cap, gown, and hood

order online with Oak Hall
read the instructions carefully to determine your delivery option


Doctoral cap, gown, and tassel with doctoral hood

order online with Oak Hall
read the instructions carefully to determine your delivery option


Doctoral cap, gown, and tassel. 

(PhD hoods given at graduation)

order online with Oak Hall
read the instructions carefully to determine your delivery option

  • Individual pieces are not available for order online. 
  • The UMB Bookstore sells individual tassels and red stoles starting in November.
  • The USG bookstore may or may not stock regalia in December; if you are at USG reach out to the bookstore there to check availability.

You may also order personalized announcements and rings through Herff-Jones.

How long is the ceremony?

It depends on how many students participate. The ceremony should last no longer than two hours.

Will my guest(s) need a ticket to attend?

No. We ask that you limit your guests to 10 or less.

Who do I contact about special accommodations for either a guest or myself? 

Commencement requires a lot of walking for both graduates and pinners. Handicapped seating is limited at both venues; to ensure seating for wheelchairs or other seating requirements graduates must reserve a space. Please email or call 410-706-2799 if you have any mobility concerns. 

Is there a place I can store personal items?

There is no storage at either venue for personal items. Please give articles to a family member or friend to hold for you. Storing items under your chair is not an option, as graduates may not return to the same seat after leaving the stage. UMSON staff cannot take responsibility for personal items.

When will I get my diploma?

Diplomas will be mailed to the address listed in the Student User Friendly System (SURFS) approximately the third week in January.

When will my transcript reflect my degree?

Degrees post to the transcript after the second week in January. If you would like to order a transcript with your degree, click the "Hold for Degree" box when you fill out your transcript request. After degrees are applied, transcripts will be mailed to the address provided on the request form.

I am a receiving my doctorate. What happens at Graduation?

Hooding for all doctoral (DNP and PhD) students occurs during graduation. To prepare, all doctoral students should watch this "How to Wear a Doctoral Hood" video (do not pin your cap, as you will remove it for hooding). DNP students receive their hood with their regalia. Hoods provided to PhD students at the ceremony.

I am receiving my master’s degree. What happens at Graduation?

Student receiving their master’s degree are called to the stage by specialty. Upon reaching the stage each student is announced. Students process across the stage to shake hands with the dean and academic associate dean. CNL students are pinned.

I am a BSN (including RN-to-BSN and RN-to-MS) or CNL student. What happens at graduation?

All BSN and CNL students are pinned. RN-to-BSN students who may have previously been pinned will receive a second pin from UMB to signify their completion of the BSN degree. RN-to-MS students completing their undergraduate degree are also pinned.

Students are announced on stage along with the relationship of their pinner. BSN and CNL students are strongly encouraged to attend the pinning rehearsal. All CNL and baccalaureate students, including RN-to-BSN and RN-to-MS students, must purchase a red stole for pinning from the UMB Bookstore. See the regalia section above for purchase information.

What is pinning? 

Pinning is a time-honored nursing tradition. During the ceremony graduates of the baccalaureate and Clinical Nurse Leader programs are presented with the UMSON nursing pin by a person they chose.

I am a BSN or CNL. Who can pin me?

You may choose one person to pin you. Pinners sit with graduates in a section separate from other guests. Due to safety concerns, children under 12 are not allowed on the theatre floor. If you do not have a pinner a faculty member will perform the honor. We strongly encourage graduates and pinners arrive together.

Do I have to buy a nursing pin?

No. Each BSN and CNL student will receive a replica pin at the ceremony, however, you must purchase the red stole from the bookstore. The stole is included in the regalia package if ordered from Oak Hall. It may also be purchased separately from the bookstore.

Nursing pins can be ordered through October 26 through Herff-Jones or in person at the UMB Bookstore. If you purchase a pin from the bookstore, you may use it during graduation or use the replica pin.

Do I have to attend the NCLEX Review at the school?

BSN and CNL students are required to complete a NCLEX review. The school provides a 4-day review after graduation. Please contact Angie Hines, office manager in the Office of the Academic Deans, at 410-706-4359 or for any questions regarding NCLEX review and applying for an RN license.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact the office of Registration Services by email ( or phone (410-706-2799).

After Graduation

For questions about the NCLEX, NCLEX Live Review, or applying for your RN license, contact:

Maryland license questions Office of the Academic Deans
Out of state license questions

Office of Registration and Clinical Placements