|Wave hello to Commencement; it is just around the corner.|
Members of UMD’s 2013-2014 graduating class can team up with UMD stores for the 2014 Grad Fair. The event provides a helping hand in planning their graduation and post-graduate lives.
The UMD Grad Fair, taking place on Thursday, March 6 in the Kirby Ballroom, allows students to finish much of their graduation shopping in a single day. Vendors will be on hand, offering students deals on their graduation essentials: gowns, tassels, hoods, diploma frames, and select announcements will be 20% off for the duration of the fair, and other products, such as college rings and gifts, will also be available. It will also be possible to make reservations to local hotels through the event, ensuring that loved ones have a place to stay throughout commencement.
March 6: 10 am - 5 pm
Saturday, May 17, DECC
10 am - graduates and undergraduates from the College of Education and Human Service Professions (CEHSP), the School of Fine Arts (SFA), College of Liberal Arts (CLA)
3 pm - graduates and undergraduates from the Labovitz School of Business and Economics (LSBE), Swenson College of Science and Engineering (SCSE)
"Students should be sure to stop at the Financial Collections and Exit Counseling table, as exit counseling is a graduation requirement for all students," said Lisa Martin, coordinator of the Grad Fair. "In addition, the office of Financial Aid and Registrar will be there to answer any questions students might have. While this is a fun and exciting event, students have found it to be a valuable source of information that truly prepares them for graduation."
An Evolving Ceremony
Students are preparing for a historic commencement. For the first time since the 1990s, UMD undergraduate and graduate students will both receive their diplomas at the same ceremony. In the past, graduate students had a separate commencement on Thursday night, which has been changed this year to provide graduate students a more inclusive experience. One significant change this year is that graduate students will be responsible to bring their own hoods to the stage for the hooding ceremony.
Graduates and undergraduates from the College of Education and Human Service Professions (CEHSP), the School of Fine Arts (SFA) and the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) will receive their diplomas at 10 am and graduates and undergraduates from the Labovitz School of Business and Economics (LSBE) and the Swenson College of Science and Engineering (SCSE) will receive their diplomas at 3 pm. on Sat., May 17, at the DECC.
Graduating students who cannot make it to the Grad Fair event in person need not worry - visiting the UMD Stores website on the same day as the Grad Fair, March 6, will guarantee a 20% disount for online graduation regalia orders. UMD Career and Internship Services is available throughout the year to provide assistance in career and life planning, as well as resume writing.
Written by Zach Lunderberg, Feb. 2014