Oct. 11, 2021: ATTN: Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 Graduates: Fall 2021 Convocation Update - RSVP Required

Dear Summer 2021 Alumni and Fall 2021 Graduates, 

Several of you have petitioned us to hold an in-person graduation ceremony this December. Considering the number of graduates, our student vaccination rate, and the ability of our venue (the Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore) to allow for physical distancing, we will be proceeding with offering an in-person ceremony for graduates only on Thursday, Dec. 16. Only graduates will be allowed to attend the ceremony. No family members or guests will be allowed to attend. We will be collaborating with the Hippodrome to determine if live streaming the event is possible. 

We will be offering one ceremony for Baltimore graduates at 10 a.m. and one for Universities at Shady Grove graduates at 2 p.m.   

I want to be clear that these ceremonies will happen only if developments of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to support us proceeding safely. Should the pandemic require us to cancel the event, we will do so. 

All in attendance at the ceremony will be required to wear KN95 masks constantly, and there cannot be any physical contact among attendees other than a handshake with me and the pinning/hooding by the UMSON-designated pinner/doctoral hooder, who will not shake your hand.   

In the interest of infection control, you must express your intent to attend the ceremony in advance.  You may do so by completing the December Graduation RSVP online form. You must submit your intent to attend the respective ceremony no later than Monday, Nov. 15, 2021. We will be providing attendees with specific instructions regarding regalia and ticketing shortly. 

Advocacy is one of the trademarks of the nursing profession. Thank you for advocating for yourselves, and I am greatly impressed by your fortitude during the past two years.   

We look forward to seeing you at the ceremony.   

Sincerely, 

Jane Kirschling