Virtual Degree Conferral 2021

Thursday, May 20
1 p.m.

Please join Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, the Bill and Joanne Conway Dean of the University of Maryland School of Nursing; UMB President Bruce Jarrell, MD, FACS; the UMSON academic leadership; and others.

Join the Webinar via Zoom

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By telephone:
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Directions to Apply for Graduation

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

To complete the form:

  • log on to SURFS
  • click RECORDS, then Graduation Application


Photo Montage

Please submit any photos you would like to have included in a celebratory photo montage that will be shared during the ceremony and made available on YouTube.
Photos must by submitted by Monday, May 3, at 5 p.m. Submit them via email to
Students are invited to view submitted images prior to their inclusion in the montage on May 12 - 13. More information about how to review the images will be forthcoming.

Submit Your Photos

Graduation Cap Decorating

As we celebrate graduation while being physically apart, we invite all graduating students to share your enthusiasm by decorating the graduation cap you will be receiving in your graduation package via postal mail from UMSON.
You have two options:
  • Decorate and photograph the graduation cap you receive.
  • Decorate this digital version by marking it up or using "stickers" on your phone — or print it, color it, and photograph/scan it.
All designs submitted to us will be voted on for:
  • most creative
  • funniest
  • best overall 
All graduating students are welcome to submit entries!
  • Entries are due by May 10. 
  • Voting will be held May 12 - 17. 
  • Winners will be announced May 20.

Submit Your Graduation Cap

Frequently Asked Questions

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 regalia do I need?


Academic Regalia


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


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

MSN (except CNL)

Master’s cap, gown, and hood


Doctoral cap, gown, and tassel with doctoral hood


Doctoral cap, gown, and tassel.

How do I order regalia?

  • Order regalia through Oak Hill 
  • Order announcements, nursing pins, rings, and frames through Herff Jones

Pricing and more details can be found here.

When will I get my diploma?

  • Virtual Ceremony:  Diplomas will be mailed to you approximately six weeks after end of term.
  • Winter Graduation: Diplomas will be mailed to you approximately the third week in January.
  • Spring Graduation: Diplomas are distributed at commencement. If you do not pick up your diploma it will be mailed to you approximately three weeks after graduation.

Mailed diplomas go to the address listed in the Student User Friendly System (SURFS).

When will my transcript reflect my degree?

  • Winter Graduation: after the second week in January
  • Spring Graduation: after the second week in June

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.

With the ceremony being virtual, will I still receive my pin and/or cord(s)?

Yes, any ceremonial items you would have received at an in-person graduation ceremony, based on academic program and performance, will be mailed to you at your address on file in SURFS. For May 2021 graduates, the items will be mailed in May 2021. Our hope is that graduates will receive them prior to the Virtual Degree Conferral ceremony.

Where can I find information about the NCLEX-RN?

Visit our NCLEX-RN Preparation and Resources webpage for comprehensive information about applying for RN licensure by examination.

Questions? Contact the Office of Registration and Clinical Placements by email ( or phone (410-706-2799).

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