Graduation Materials


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


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Graduation Information

Where can I find all the information regarding graduation week events and ceremonies?

The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) website has all the information about School of Nursing events surrounding graduation. The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) website has information about University sponsored events, including hotel information.

UMSON website:

UMB website:

What is the difference between Convocation and Commencement?

The Convocation ceremony is held to honor spring nursing school graduates only.  Each graduate’s name is called as they walk across the stage. Undergraduates and Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) students are pinned.

UMSON students must RSVP for Convocation.

Commencement ceremony is for all UMB students. All students walk across the stage but names are not announced. Diplomas are given at the end of this ceremony for May graduates. Students may RSVP for Commencement when they RSVP for Convocation.

What are dates, times, and location of events?

Convocation: 8 a.m., May 20, 2016, at the Royal Farms Arena (formerly Baltimore Arena). Doors open at 7 a.m. Enter through main doors at Hopkins and Baltimore Streets.  Graduates must arrive by 7:15 a.m. for line-up.

Commencement: 2 p.m., May 20, 2016. Royal Farms Arena (formerly Baltimore Arena). 

Royal Farms Arena:  201 W. Baltimore St, Baltimore, MD 21201

Is academic regalia required for both ceremonies?

Yes! Students cannot participate in either ceremony without a cap and gown (academic regalia). Regalia must be in accordance with the degree you are receiving. 

How do I order regalia?

Students may order regalia at the graduate fair hosted by the UMB Seven Scholars bookstore (dates to be sent by email). Starting March 1, student may order regalia online with Oak Hill, the University vendor, on their website:

All CNL and baccalaureate students, including RN-to-BSN and RN-to-MS students, must purchase a red stole for pinning from the bookstore. Please contact the Seven Scholars Bookstore at 410-706-7788 with any questions.

Students also may order personalized announcements and rings at

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

To prepare for graduation, all doctoral students should watch the video, “Hooding: How To” at: (DO NOT pin your cap as you will remove it for hooding). All doctoral (DNP and PhD) students are hooded during Convocation by their dissertation or capstone faculty chair. 

The UMB Graduate School hosts a separate hooding ceremony for PhD students only the Thursday evening prior to Commencement. Please see the UMB website for date, time, and location.

PhD graduates receive their hood at the UMB hooding ceremony. DNP students receive their hood with their regalia.

I am receiving my Master’s degree. What happens at Convocation?

Students receiving their master’s degree are called to the stage by their specialty. Upon reaching the stage, each student is announced by the associate dean for the Master of Science Program. Students progress across the stage to shake hands with the dean and specialty director. CNL students are pinned.

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

All BSN and CNL students are pinned at Convocation. 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. (See graduation week events schedule).

All CNL and baccalaureate students (including RN-to-BSN and RN-to-MS students) must purchase a red stole for pinning from the bookstore. Stoles may be purchased separately from the bookstore if you choose to buy your regalia from a different vendor.

How long is Convocation?

It depends on how many students participate. Convocation averages two 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 or call 410-706-2799. Both Convocation and Commencement require a lot of walking for graduates. Please contact the School if you have any mobility concerns.

Is there a place I can store personal items?

There is no storage at the venue for personal items. Please give articles to a family member or friend to hold for you. Storing items under your chair on the arena floor is discouraged as you 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 given at the end of the Commencement ceremony for May graduates.  If you do not attend Commencement your diploma will be mailed to you approximately two weeks after Commencement to the address listed in SURFS.

May I pick up my diploma instead of having it mailed?

Yes. You must notify the University Registrar’s office in writing at to arrange a pick up. Please include your name and date/time for pick-up.

When will my transcript reflect my degree?

Degrees will be conferred on the transcript after May 20. If you would like to order a transcript with your degree on it, complete the transcript request on simsweb, and click the box that says, “Hold for Degree.” Once the degree is on 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 person is allowed to pin you. Pinners sit with graduates on the arena floor. Due to safety concerns, children under 12 are not allowed on the arena 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.

Nursing pins can be ordered here: or by calling the Seven Scholars Bookstore at 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?

Yes, BSN and CNL students are required to complete a live review at the School. The review runs for four days. Please contact Diane Whiteley at 410-706-6711 or with any questions regarding NCLEX review and applying for RN license.

What if I have other questions?

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the office of Registration Services by email at or phone at 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