Congratulations! It's your time to shine.

We hope you'll join your fellow graduates for these very special events.

UMSON Graduation Ceremony - Universities at Shady Grove
Friday, Dec. 15, 3 p.m.
for December graduates

UMSON Graduation Ceremony - Baltimore
Monday, Dec. 18, 1 p.m.
for July and December graduates



All students must complete the diploma 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, Certificate, and DNP students 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


Q1. Where can I find all the information regarding graduation week events and ceremonies?

This website has all information about nursing events surrounding graduation. The UMB main campus website has information about campus-sponsored events including hotel information.

Q2. What is the difference between the fall convocation and commencement Ceremonies?

School of Nursing Convocation honors spring UMSON graduates. Each nursing school graduate’s name is called as they walk across the stage. Undergraduates and CNL students are pinned. SON students must RSVP for convocation.

University of Maryland, Baltimore Commencement celebrates graduates across the UMB campus. Students from all schools walk across the stage but individual names are not announced. Diplomas are distributed at the end of commencement.

Both events take place on the same day.

Q3. 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.

Q4. How do I order regalia?

Students may order regalia at the graduate fair hosted by the UMB bookstore. For the fall ceremonies, ordering regalia online begins March 1. The last day to order regalia is April 14.

A red stole is included in the regalia for all undergraduate and CNL students. If you do not order thru the UMB vendor please contact the UMB bookstore to order a red stole.

The standard regalia for DNP may be ordered directly from Oak Hall. DNP graduates may choose to order custom regalia:

  • apricot velvet down the front and apricot bars on the sleeves with a silk tassel is recommended
  • a six- or eight-sided tam is preferred

Please contact the University’s bookstore with any questions about custom regalia.

Q5. Where can I order announcements or school rings?

Graduates may order personalized announcements and rings from Herff Jones.

Q6. I am a receiving my doctorate. What happens at convocation?

To prepare for graduation all doctoral students should watch the video “Hooding: How To.”  All doctoral (DNP and PhD) students are hooded during convocation by their dissertation or project chair.

The UMB Graduate School hosts a separate hooding ceremony for PhD students the Thursday evening prior to commencement.

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

Q7. I am receiving my master’s degree. What happens at convocation?

Student receiving their master’s degree are called to the stage by their specialty. Upon reaching the stage each student is announced. Students then progress across the stage to shake hands with the dean.

Only CNL students need a red stole for graduation. Community Public Health, Nursing Informatics, and HSLM graduates should not order a red stole.

Q8. I am an undergraduate or CNL student. What happens at convocation?

All undergraduate and CNL students are pinned at convocation. RN-BSN students who may have previously been pinned will receive a second pin from UMSON 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. Undergraduate and CNL students are strongly encouraged to attend the pinning rehearsal.

All CNL and undergraduate (including RN-BSN and RN-MS students) regalia ordered from the UMB vendor, Oak Hill, include a red stole for pinning.

Stoles may be purchased separately from the bookstore if you choose to buy your regalia from a different vendor.

Q9. I am an undergraduate or CNL graduate. Who can pin me?

You may choose one pinner. Pinners sit with graduates on the arena floor. Due to safety concerns children under 12 are not allowed on the arena floor. Pinners should arrive with graduates to the arena. If you do not have a pinner a faculty member will perform the honor.

Q10. Are undergraduates and CNLs required to purchase a pin?

No. Each BSN and CNL graduate receives an inexpensive replica pin at the nursing school convocation. You must have a red stole with your regalia.

Nursing pins crafted from gold or silver are available for purchase. Pins purchased through the bookstore can be used at graduation in place of the replica pin.

Q11. How long is Convocation?

Convocation averages two hours.

Q12. Will my guest(s) need a ticket to attend?

Tickets are not required and graduates may invite as many guests as they wish to both ceremonies.

Q13. Who do I contact about special accommodations for either myself or a guest?

Please email us if you have mobility concerns. Both convocation and commencement require a lot of walking for graduates.

Q14. Where can I and my guests park?

Paid public parking garages are conveniently located around the arena.

Q15. 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 the chair on the arena floor is discouraged as students may not return to the same seat after leaving the stage. UMSON staff cannot take responsibility for personal items.

Q16. When will I get my diploma?

Diplomas will be given at the end of the University of Maryland Baltimore Commencement 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.

Q17. May I pick up my diploma instead of having it mailed?

Yes. You must email the Office of the Registrar to arrange a pick up. Please include your name and date/time for pick-up.

Q18. When will my transcript reflect my degree?

Degrees will be conferred on the transcript the week after graduation. 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.

Q19. Do I have to attend the NCLEX review at the school?

Yes, traditional BSN and CNL students are required to complete a live review at the school. The review runs for 4 days. Please contact the Office of the Academic Deans for questions regarding NCLEX review and applying for the RN license.

Q20. I have another question not on this list.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Registration and Clincial Placements.

After Graduation

Do you have questions about the NCLEX, NCLEX Live Review, or applying for your RN license?

BSN students should contact and CNL students should contact or call 410-706-4359.

For out of state license questions, contact the Office of Records and Registration at or 410-706-2799.