Graduation Materials

Graduation

To graduate, all students must complete the diploma application by the deadline on the academic calendar. 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, Certificate, and DNP students must complete additional paperwork found on the Graduation Forms tab below).

Graduation Forms

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To graduate, all students must complete the diploma application by the deadline on the academic calendar. 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, Certificate, and DNP students must complete additional paperwork found on the Graduation Forms tab below).

Be sure to check the Academic Calendar for form due dates.

Events

9Dec
1:00 PM | Building II Multipurpose Room Convocation ceremony for fall and winter School of Nursing graduates.
12Dec
1:00 PM | Hippodrome Theatre Convocation ceremony for fall and winter School of Nursing graduates.

Graduation Information

December 2016 Graduation Fact Sheet

Where can I find all the information regarding graduation week events and ceremonies?
The SON website has all information about nursing events surrounding graduation. 

SON website:  http://nursing.umaryland.edu/student-resources/records-and-registration/graduation-materials/graduation

What is December Graduation?
A commencement ceremony held in December for all summer and fall graduates.  Each campus (Shady Grove and Baltimore) hosts a separate event for their students. Nursing is the only school on campus that holds a graduating ceremony at the end of the fall semester.  Each graduate’s name is called as they walk across the stage along with any awards or honors.  Undergraduates and CNL students are pinned.

Students must RSVP at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DecGrad

Diplomas are NOT distributed.

Summer and fall graduates do not attend the nursing school’s graduation in the spring.  They are invited to participate in the University’s Commencement ceremony held each May.  

What are dates, times, and location of events?

Universities at Shady Grove:  
Friday, Dec. 9, 2016
1 p.m.
Building II 
9636 Gudelsky Drive, Rockville, MD 

Baltimore:       
Monday, Dec.12, 2016
1 p.m.
Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center
12 N. Eutaw St., Baltimore, MD

Doors open at noon. Graduates must arrive by 12:15 p.m., and line-up occurs at 12:30 p.m. Please arrive promptly.

Where can my guests and I park?

Metered street parking and paid parking in public garages are available near the Hippodrome. The University Maryland Medical Center's Grand Garage at 5 N. Paca St. is directly behind the Hippodrome with elevators opening directly onto the theater lobby. Unfortunately, there is no discounted parking for students.

At the Universities at Shady Grove, there is a parking garage beside Building II at the intersection of Darnestown Road and Traville Drive.

Is academic regalia required for both ceremonies?
Yes!  Students cannot participate in either ceremony without a cap and gown (academic regalia).  Please make sure the gown is in accordance with the degree you are receiving.

How do I order regalia?
Starting September 5th students may order online with Oak Hall, the university’s vendor, on their website: http://www.oakhalli.com/umaryland. The last day to place an order is November 7th.    Students pick up their regalia starting November 30th at the Seven Scholars bookstore on campus.  Payment is due at pick-up!  

NOTE!! All CNL and Baccalaureate students, including RN-BSN and RN-MS students, must purchase a red stole for graduation.  Pinning occurs during the graduation ceremony and students must have the stole. Please contact the University’s bookstore at 410-706-7788 with any questions.

Students may order personalized announcements and rings at http://www.herff-jones.com/college

I am a receiving my doctorate.  What happens at Graduation?
To prepare for graduation all doctoral students should watch the video “Hooding: How To” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fry4e21uNzo  (DO NOT pin your cap as you will remove it for hooding). All doctoral (DNP and PhD) students are hooded during graduation by their dissertation or capstone faculty. DNP students receive their hood with their regalia.  Hoods are provided to PhD students at the ceremony and must be returned at the end of event.

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-BSN and RN-MS) or CNL student. What happens at graduation?

All BSN and CNL students are pinned.  RN-BSN students who may have previously been pinned will receive a second pin from UMB to signify their completion of the BSN degree. RN-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 (see graduation week events schedule).

NOTE!! All CNL and Baccalaureate students, including RN-BSN and RN-MS students, must purchase a red stole for pinning from the bookstore.  Please contact the University’s bookstore at 410-706-7788 with any questions. 

How long is the ceremony?
It depends on how many students participate.  The ceremony should be no longer than 2 hours.

Will my guest(s) need a ticket to attend?
No.  Graduates may invite as many guests as they wish to both ceremonies.

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

Please email registration@son.umaryland.edu or call 410-706-2799. Both venues have limited handicapped seating.  Commencement requires a lot of walking for both graduates and pinners.  Please contact the School 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 discouraged 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 SURFS approximately the third week in January.

When will my Transcript reflect my degree?
Degrees are posted on the transcript by the second week in January. If you would like to order a transcript with your degree, complete the transcript request on simsweb and click the box “Hold for Degree”. Once the degree is posted to the transcript it will be mailed to the address you provided on the request form.  

I am a BSN or CNL.  Who can pin me?
You may choose your pinner. One (1) person is allowed 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.

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 starting today up until October 26th on this website: http://www.herffjones.com/college/umaryland or by calling the bookstore 410-706-3033. 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 Office of the Academic Deans, at 410-706-4359 or hines@son.umaryland.edu for any questions regarding NCLEX review and applying for RN license.

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

After Graduation

Do you have questions about the NCLEX, NCLEX Live Review, or applying for your RN license? Contact Diane Whiteley at 410-706-6711 or whiteley@son.umaryland.edu